Inspection Training

“In The Field” with Jim Hardin – Inclement Weather

Welcome to “In The Field” with Jim Hardin, where you can learn about real situations that happened out in the field during a home inspection. This will be a great resource for both new and experienced inspectors to learn about a wide variety of different obstacles that a home inspector could experience while out in the field performing a home inspection. Jim will cover it all… From tough agents to naive clients to difficult defects to angry seller’s. Every week Jim will share an experience that he personally had to deal with while performing a home inspection in order to help educate other inspector’s when they come across the same situations. Please review his next post below:


What do I inspect when there are adverse weather conditions? My first question is, do I feel safe inspecting the component. If not, I’ll report that the component was not inspected with a photo and explanation. The explanation can simply be that the inspector did not feel safe inspecting the component.

Roof: It is okay to inspect a wet roof ONLY if it is a type of composite shingle with no moss or algae. Wood shake roofs are definitely never walked when wet and our procedure at Axium is not to walk this style of roofing material anyway. In addition, I would not walk other types of roofing like concrete tile, metal, etc. Note, the water can obscure some of the defects on the shingles. Be sure to take a little extra time examining the shingles for defects. They will still be there for you to report.

Electrical: Only if you feel safe inspecting the component. Remember to wear rubber boots and electrical gloves for protection. Check the exterior panel and the interior for any signs of an electrical current with your non-contact voltage tester.

Since we are coming up on Winter there will be days where you experience inclement weather while performing your home inspections. The most important thing is to keep yourself safe while inspecting the outside of the property and if you can’t inspect a certain section you should exclude it in your report, write a description, and take good pictures.

Good Inspecting and Be Safe.

Jim Hardin is a certified home inspector through InterNACHI and was part of the very first Axium Academy class that took place back in January of 2016. He started working for Axium Inspections in March of 2016. Since that time, Jim has performed over 1,000 home inspections by averaging around 55 inspections per month. This high volume of home inspections has turned Jim into one of the most requested inspector’s with the company in a very short period of time and he shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon. Prior to working for Axium Inspections Jim worked in the Appraisal and Roofing industries.