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The Newsletter of the North Carolina Licensed Home Inspector Association

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February 2017
The mission of the NCLHIA, the premier nonprofit association of licensed home inspectors in North Carolina, is to promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession, and to meet the needs of the home buying/selling public.


In This Issue

The Newsletter of the NCLHIA
Jamey Tippens - Editor
Teri Saylor
Open Water Communications
Make Plans to attend the NCLHIA Annual Convention in Concord and earn credit hours March 1-4

For attendees of the NCLHIA's Annual Convention at the Great Wolf Lodge in March, the continuing education programs will provide knowledge and up to 12 continuing education hours.  Courses include the 2017 Mandatory Update, Residential Energy Efficiency and Energy Code Essentials, Stucco and Adhered Masonry Veneer Wall Coverings, HVAC System Concepts, and Codes that Affect Home Inspections. Nowhere else will you find such comprehensive course offerings specific to your business and license requirements. 

The early bird registration fees end on February 3 so don't hesitate. Visit the NCLHIA's conference website today for more information and to register.

Here are conference course details:

March 3, 2017 (Friday afternoon) - Water Penetration and Condensation (4 hrs) - Instructor, Dave Hahn
This is the 2017 mandatory Update Course for North Carolina licensed inspectors. This course will focus on identification and reporting of water penetration and condensation issues and the decision making process needed to properly identify moisture related issues.
March 4, 2017 (Saturday morning) - Residential Energy Efficiency and Energy Code Essentials (2 hrs) - Instructor, Chuck Perry
This course covers key provisions of the current NC Residential Energy Code, energy efficient principles and how this can benefit a home inspector. This course is a must if you inspect new construction.
March 4, 2017 (Saturday morning) - Stucco and Adhered Masonry Veneer Wall Coverings (2 hrs) - Instructor, Bruce Barker
The course will cover how to be able to perform a thorough inspection of these wall coverings, with review of common defects and recommended reporting. Additionally, some basic information on the history, methods of identification, problems and common defects of Exterior Insulating Finishing Systems (EIFS) will be discussed. This course is intended for home inspectors who want to improve their ability to inspect these types of wall coverings.
March 4, 2017 (Saturday afternoon) - HVAC System Concepts (4 hrs) - Instructor, Bob Coné.
This in-depth course covers concepts and inspection checks on gas-fired furnaces, air-handlers, air conditioners and heat pumps. Additional focus will be placed on zone-control systems and emerging HVAC technologies. (Note: this course is part of a simultaneous dual-track option)
March 4, 2017 (Saturday afternoon) - Codes That Affect Home Inspections (4 hrs) - Instructors, Eric Coates and Tom Williams
This course provides a detailed and informative review of the current NC State Building Codes for Residential Construction. (Note: this course is part of a simultaneous dual-track option)

NCLHIA Election of Officers

B allots for electing new NCLHIA officers for the 2017-2019 term are out. Newly elected officers will be presented at the Annual Business Meeting March 4 in Concord, N.C. Candidates are:

Bob Scott

Vice President:
Dave Hahn

Jamey Tippens

Eric Coates

Be sure to vote and return your ballot to NCLHIA, 9611 Brookdale Drive, Ste. 100/157, Charlotte, NC 28215. You can also scan and email your ballot to
Triangle Chapter Visits Certainteed Plant
By Jamey Tippens

Members of the  Triangle Chapter listen to the presentation. Left to right: Chris Russell, Fred Herndon, David Holmes, Jim Kellog, David Dye, Todd Pfeiffer, Howard Toomer, Matt Bartels

Last week, 22 members of the Triangle Chapter made a field trip to Oxford, NC to tour the Certainteed Shingle Factory. Our hosts fed us, gave us a presentation about the company, the plant, and how shingles are made, and took us on a long trip through the building and grounds to demonstrate the process. 

Certainteed is the largest shingle plant in the world, where they currently process approximately 175 tractor-trailer loads of shingles every day. We had plenty of time to ask questions and learn all we wanted to know about Certainteed shingles.
Thanks to Eddie Carapezza for arranging the tour, and to the very accommodating folks at Certainteed who were such great hosts.

Rick Nipper (left) asks a question to our tour guide on the plant floor. Looking on are Howard Toomer and Steve Mihaich Jr.
Monroe Infrared Presents Training Session

Monroe Infrared is presenting a training session in Memphis, TN March 6-7 as a pre-conference event ahead of the Ultimate Inspection Conference at the Peabody Memphis.  The session is geared to infrared camera users, from novice to expert. Attendees who successfully complete all training course requirements and a course examination can receive confirmation as a Certified Residential Thermographer. 

Click here for full details on the program and registration.
Across the U.S. Home Sales Agreements Falling Apart

A report posted on warns that home sales agreements are "falling apart" across the United States.

The article goes on to state that " spending months to find the perfect home in your price range, only to have your mortgage application rejected, or a home inspection turn up expensive repairs, is a nightmare-one that is coming true with increasing frequency, according to a new report from real estate listings website Trulia."
A Trulia analysis of U.S. listings shows that 3.9 percent of homes that moved from for-sale to pending moved back to for-sale again, nearly double the rate in 2015. Such "failed sales" increased in 96 of the 100 biggest U.S. metros, with big swings in areas large and small, rich and poor. That includes Los Angeles and Charleston, S.C., as well as San Jose and Akron, Ohio.
The complete article can be found here.  
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21st Annual NCLHIA Education and Home Inspectors' Convention & Conference
Great Wolf Lodge, Concord, NC
March 1 - 4, 2017


Program dates:
March 1-4, 2017
Great Wolf Lodge
10175 Weddington Rd.
Concord, NC 28027
Hotel Reservations:
Call 1-866-751-9653
Reservation Code #1702NCLHIA
Cutoff for special NCLHIA rate of $149: 
February 3
Wednesday, March 1: Pre-Conference Events
8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 
Radon Certification Class (Day 1)
Members: $260/Others $295

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 
A Day with Mike Crow
Free event/Lunch included
Thursday, March 2
8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 
Radon Certification Class (Day 2)

Friday, March 3
1 - 5 p.m. 
Education Conference Begins

Saturday, March 4
8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Continuing Education Programming
12 hours over 2 days
 Members: $295/Others $315

The early bird specials above and the room rate discount of $149 ends Feb. 3. Check our website at for more details or to register for any and all events. Other hotels are available in and around Concord.
From Executive Director Robert Wilson
NCLHIA Annual Convention shaping up to be educational, enlightening and fun

The North Carolina Licensed Home Inspector Association's Home Inspectors' 2017 Convention and Educational Conference is shaping up to be one of the best conferences ever, and I am excited to share the program line-up as well as the networking events with you.

This conference will be a "don't miss" event, providing a fun-filled destination for you and your family at an unbelievable savings as well as a valuable opportunity for you to earn your 12 hours of North Carolina continuing education.

We offer you an opportunity to learn from national speakers, get up close and personal with industry vendors, and network with home inspectors from across the state.

At our annual business meeting, we will present your new officers for 2017-2019.

Educational Programs

Radon Certification:
Back by popular demand is the Radon Certification class, which will count as renewal credit for your Radon Re-certification.

A Day With Mike Crow:
This free event gives you a chance to spend the day with the home inspectors' best friend. Learn how to increase your business while protecting yourself and your client.

Talking Thursday:
National speakers and vendors will be on hand to talk about their products and how to increase your ancillary sales and services.

Other Programming:
We will also enjoy our regular educational programming and the Mandatory Update.

Networking and Fun

Dinner at the Speedway Club:
Our  Thursday night mix and mingle will be held at the elegant Speedway Club overlooking the famous Charlotte Motor Speedway. You'll see the places our most famous and adventurous drivers made their mark in the racing industry. This event is limited to 65 attendees.  

Vendors Reception: 
One of our most popular annual events, the Vendors Reception will give you a chance to visit with our vendors in a relaxed atmosphere where you can thank them for supporting our industry and our conference.

Corn Hole Tournament: 
For all our champion corn holers itching to defend their titles and our up-and-coming challengers, here's your chance to achieve corn hole glory. If we have enough participation from our ranks, we'll host this stellar event outside the Vendors' Reception.

Great Wolf Lodge

Perhaps best of all, this year's conference takes place at the Great Wolf Lodge, near Concord Mills Mall, Charlotte Motor Speedway and Hendrix Motor Sports. The Lodge features an 80,000-square foot heated indoor water park, along with plenty of places where kids of all ages can have the time of their lives. And best of all, guests will have all-access passes to the special amenities the Lodge has to offer.

Reserve your room today. Our conference room block expires Feb. 3 Visit NCLHIA's website for more information and to register for our wonderful conference.

Latest Home Inspector Statistics

As of January 30, 2016 there are 1290 Licensed Home Inspectors in North Carolina.

10 counties with the most inspectors:
1. Wake  224
2. Mecklenburg  136
3. Guilford  53
4. Buncombe  49
5. New Hanover 42
6. Union 43
7. Forsyth  40
8. Durham 34
9. Johnston 31
10. Cabarrus 30

NCLHIA has a strong chapter that welcomes new members in Raleigh.  For more information contact chapter president Wilson Fausel.

We encourage those of you in Mecklenburg and Union Counties to join the growing Charlotte Chapter.  For more information contact chapter president Dave Hahn.

In Wilmington and Brunswick County, please help advance the home inspection industry by joining our Coastal Chapter.  Contact  John Gainey .

If you live in the Triad or Asheville and want to increase your business and knowledge by helping grow chapters in those areas, please contact Robert Wilson our executive director.


Bob Scott

Vice President:
Wayne Mander

Jamey Tippens

Treasurer and Past President: 
  Executive Director:
Robert Wilson


 Charlotte Chapter President:

Dave Hahn


Triangle Chapter President:

Wilson Fausel


Coastal Chapter President

John Gainey



Call for articles
Probings is always looking for articles for upcoming issues.  If you have a tip, a suggestion, a funny or scary or informative story about home inspections, please email Jamey Tippens: or Teri Saylor: