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The InterNACHI Narrative Library
is a digital, downloadable collection of editable narratives and reference material for home inspectors that serves three purposes:
1. It’s a narrative library.
The InterNACHI Narrative Library is a highly-organized collection of over 12,000 home inspection narratives. “Narratives” are written comments that home inspectors enter into their inspection reports to describe conditions they find during an inspection. The library is available as digital templates that allow fast and easy installation of the entire library into various inspection software, and as a series of Microsoft Word documents.
2. It’s a reference library.
With the immense number of different types of building materials available, combined in many different ways by people with differing skill levels, in homes of different ages and quality, in different climate zones, it’s sometimes difficult to tell by looking whether a condition is acceptable or defective, or lies in the grey area of poor quality work/materials. The reference section includes:
- Inspection checklists
- links to PDF installation and inspection manuals;
- Links to technical bulletins from manufacturers and associations;
- Links to over 600 inspection-related articles;
- Links to sources for inspector education;
- Date codes for furnaces and water heaters, and more!
- Also available as an English/Spanish template (HIP only)
Note: reference content varies with format.
3. It’s instructive.
The broad scope of the library narratives and reference material will prompt many users to identify conditions that they had previously missed, misunderstood, or with which they were not familiar. Slate roof example (HomeGauge)
Written by InterNACHI Director, course developer, CMI and author Kenton Shepard, these 12,000 narratives are based on:
- direct inspection experience;
- the International Residential Code (IRC);
- the National Fire Protection Standards;
- the InterNACHI Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home inspection;
- existing narrative libraries;
- technical data sheets;
- manufacturers’ specifications; and
- building product installation manuals
Read unsolicited message board opinions about the Narrative Library
“These narratives give you a choice in how to say it, while working to protect you. This is the best narrative library available anywhere. Many thanks to Kenton for his years of work.”
-Nick Gromicko, Founder of InterNACHI
“I just finished my first report using the new narratives. I shaved about 2 hours off my report writing time. With the basic HG I had to develop a lot of my own narratives as I went. Now I just pick and click for the most part. If you are new to the business, like me, this is a bargain for all the time you will save developing your own narratives. Thanks Kenton.”
-Frank Rotte, Certified Inspection Services, San Diego CA
”Kenton: I avoided buying your collection of report narratives simply because I didn’t like the price. That was a big mistake. I finally gave in and spent the money and wanted to let you know I think this collection of report narratives is a masterwork that is well worth every penny. Not only is this an invaluable tool for report writing, it is also a complete lesson in how to perform a thorough home inspection. As a home inspector, I want to avoid reinventing the wheel and get right down to business, doing exceptional inspections and writing exceptional reports. This tool will help me do exactly that. Thanks for the grand effort!”
-Mike Murphy , Mike Murphy Inspections
“I just received it last week and for one starting out, I would highly recommend it. Save you a lot of time coming up with your own narratives. As usual, Kenton did a great job.”
-Marcel Cyr, Cyr Home and Commercial Property Inspections