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Finding that we have been asked certain building science or environmental safety questions repeatedly and in depth by readers and clients, it made sense to research and write accurately in some depth, to publish this information so it could be provided easily.
Exposing diagnostic, repair, and good practices advice to very broad public comment by providing it on internet invites critique, content suggestion, content corrections, and material expansion as readers ask questions or provide feedback. So the website and its web-published articles are provided in the online forum of the internet for several purposes:
The audience of this website includes people facing questions about the inspection, diagnosis, repair, or proper construction of residential and light construction buildings and their mechanical systems, and people facing concerns about the indoor environment, indoor air quality, energy conservation, and building-related illness. Please see the list of major topic areas across the top of each of our web pages.
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Some of the early information articles at this website were developed as a prototype website for the American Society of Home Inspectors. That portion which was ASHI-specific has been transferred over to American Society of Home Inspectors website where others maintain it.
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It's rarely money. Rather it's in establishing valuable contacts with other experts in our fields of interest, and in getting critique and corrections to our data from experts whom I'd otherwise find difficult to contact. Electronic media makes contact and comment easy. This feedback and these contacts have been the chief payback for providing the data.
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Some home buyers read the depth of material we have developed and correctly surmise that the material provided at InspectAPedia.com is by authors who are serious about their profession and who share a compelling interest in competence, ethics, and accuracy. In some cases the quality of material presented encourages people to contact article authors directly for professional services.
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Given all this researched, published, free-online information, what is the "Proper" balance between making money and making the effort to increase one's professional competence. It's a personal decision for each professional.
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Different professionals stop at different points along the range of continuing education and public service. Some never take another course after passing their state boards or obtaining whatever certifications are necessary to begin practice. Such practitioners may be adequate in their specialty, or maybe not, depending on the specialty and what's developing in it. It's the same with professional home inspectors. A portion of our ongoing personal education gets reflected in my website development projects. Teaching or research and writing have always been a great way to learn.
Yes. One is the risk of inaccuracy in the data. It is impossible to completely eliminate this risk and all readers and users of information provided via the Internet need to be wary, and to consult a qualified professional who can examine actual on-site conditions before taking any dangerous or costly actions. The very public exposure of data at this website has as a primary objective the discovery and correction of any inaccuracies.
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