Inspection Training

“In The Field” with Jim Hardin – Preparing for Home Inspection

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:


A professional inspector is always prepared for their inspections.

Make sure that all your batteries are charged for your equipment. Nothing worse than needing a battery for a tool. You can’t inspect a component properly without the correct operating tools so try to keep them charged.

Also, keep your portable battery packs charged up for your next days work in case you need to charge your iPhone in the field.

If you know that you are going to an inspection that is outside of cell service, be sure to download the inspection early. If you find yourself in an area with little or no service, put your phone in airplane mode so that it is not searching for a signal. It will perform better during the inspection and you won’t get error messages. You will need to switch out of airplane mode to access the schedule or upload reports.

If you need to run a credit card in an area with no service you should write down the card number, the expiration date, the 3 digits on the back of the card, and the zip code so that you can run it later when you have service.

I like to research and google the inspections that I have scheduled for next day so I can learn more about the property. I’ll check the photos of the property (for it’s condition), affirm the address is correct, and I’ll get an overall feeling for the upcoming inspection. This will help with your total time at the inspection and let you know that you should be able to get to all of your inspections on time or that maybe you need to reschedule a starting time if you think you’ll be running overtime on an inspection because of size or condition.

If you follow these steps it will help to set you up for a successful day of inspecting.

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.