Courses and Training Opportunities for Home Inspection Schools

All houses have to comply with certain rules or regulations in order to be considered legit. Rules have to exist in order to ensure that the house is protected by different damaging situations. Normally, the students have to take training courses if they want to become home inspectors. If you are interested in taking courses of this type, the vocational home inspection schools are more than happy to offer them.CoursesThose that are interested in home inspections can learn all the necessary procedures that are required in order to safely inspect the structure or components of a house. During a process of this kind, it is established whether the systems of a house are secure and potential house buyers are assured that everything is alright for a future purchase. In case things do not go according to the plan, problems have to be resolved before selling or moving into a particular house.What do you learn during a course and training program?Plenty of things! Here are some of them:- Roofing
– Quality of the structure
– Foundation
– Cooling and heating
– Electrical wiring
– PlumbingEvery professional has to know the factors described above. If they want to work in the domain, lots of students have to work through a certificate program.Vocational schoolsThe vocational schools include in their programs associate degrees. Both programs cover similar information, but the associate degree offers more opportunities in the working field. There are associate degrees that provide information which the students can learn later, while actually doing the job. Topics like landscaping or swimming pools are also included into the program of the associate degree. But a recommended way to understand the information offered is to do some research on the various training choices and courses supplied by a school.Basic coursesThe normal courses are constructed in such a way that they can prepare the future house inspectors with real situations. Certificate program students can take advantage of courses that include roofing, structures, plumbing, electrical systems etc. Elements like roofs and structures are understood thorough the guidelines of the industry. For instance, movement and weight are the first 2 elements observed by students when comparing houses to normal standards. Next to this, one will also find information on roofing materials, foundation tips or the damages caused by weather.Electrical inspectionsThe electrical inspections also require electrical tools and terminology. During the second part of the course, the students have to examine wiring or electrical outlets. Using the information studied, students will know whether the electrical equipment is suited for the job or not. Students also learn about ventilation, home insulation or other similar things (water deterioration, radon gas etc.).Once the courses are finished, the students will be able to work in the field and put into practice the theoretical elements they studied. The accreditation programs will teach students how to prioritize the problems appeared in a house.The American Council for Construction Education is the authority that gives a green light to all the home inspectors that want to have a solid career in this domain.

5 Harmful Effects of Disposable Diapers and Training Pants

Because we are eco-friendly and sustainable we feel that it is necessary to help people make an educated decision when it comes to choosing which products to use for their children. This is for the benefit of you and your child, as well as the environment.It still amazes us how many people out there give no thought or regard to how the products they use are destroying the very Earth that we all call home, even after being educated and shown the truth about harmful products. Unfortunately, a lot of people want to sweep these problems under the rug and forget about them. However, I think we can all agree that we need Earth in order to survive and give future generations the basic necessities of clean air, clean water, and healthy food. Simple right?Take a look at some of the information we found about disposable diapers and training pants:

18 billion disposable diapers end up in landfills every year in the U.S. alone, adding 5 million tons of untreated human waste to the soil. And did you know that it is illegal to put human fecal matter in your household garbage? The American Public Health Association and American Academy of Pediatrics have advised parents that “fecal material and urine should not be allowed to be co-mingled and disposed of as regular trash. This contaminates ground water and spreads disease.” Yes, you must remove all of the fecal matter from disposables before you throw them out. ( Click here for information on disposing of disposable diapers)
Sodium polyacrylate is a chemical that makes disposable diapers so absorbent that it can absorb up to 100 times its weight in water. However, it can stick to children’s genitals and cause allergic reactions. In the U.S., this chemical was removed from tampons in 1985 when it was linked to toxic shock syndrome. And when this chemical was tested and injected into rats, it caused hemorrhaging, cardiovascular failure, and ultimately death.
500 years! This is how long it can take each disposable diaper and training pant to decompose in a landfill. That means that every disposable diaper and training pant ever used in the world is still decomposing in a landfill somewhere. And almost 30 percent of each disposable diaper and training pant consists of non biodegradable products such as absorbent vinyl layers, Velcro, absorbent gelling material, and plastic packaging that will never break down.
Dioxin is a by product of the paper bleaching process used in the manufacturing of disposable diapers and training pants. It is the most toxic of all the cancer causing chemicals and causes birth defects as well as liver disease in laboratory animals.
As many as 100 viruses can survive in soiled disposable diapers or training pants for months. This includes the live polio virus and hepatitis excreted by recently vaccinated babies. These viruses constitute a potential hazard to sanitation workers and garbage handlers. No to mention the critters that will crawl into the landfill to find a meal and the birds that will pick through this garbage and fly to who knows where.
This is obviously not an exhaustive list of harmful effects. Ultimately, the choice is yours.

How to Find, Hire, and Train an Amazing Self Storage Manager

In businesses the most important thing is the people who run the business. If you are a fortunate business owner then I would suspect you are not doing the day-to-day tasks and delegating those to others who can likely, if trained properly, do the tasks better. Doing so frees up your time for family, friends, or fun.When I bought my first property, I needed to learn how to run the business so I could teach my manager the correct way to do things. It is always good to teach your managers how to do tasks like you would do them. When you are not around your employee will act as an extension of yourself and not as an employee. Before you buy your first business or storage facility, I would recommend reading up on the management of these properties. Even if you do not want to run them yourself and want to hand it over to a management company, you must have the experience to teach someone else to run it or this could be a loss for your company.The key is to train your manager to think like you do. We can go into that in our next lesson but first you have to find a manager. Without someone who is able and willing to manage your property, your business will suffer. Whenever I am about to purchase a business, I always look at the current employee situation. Are there current employees capable of finishing the tasks I want them to do? Are they currently not performing up to my standards? If the answer to the second question is no then you need to ask yourself, why they are not meeting your standards. Were they not properly trained? Are they not getting the correct support from the owners or are they just lazy and do not like the field they are in?I specialize in buying underperforming properties being poorly managed. In some cases it is the owner’s fault who is not giving the manager what he or she needs to be successful and sometimes it is purely the manager’s fault. I like to look for combinations that have both then here you find the upside. I have found tremendous upside in properties from them simply being poorly managed.I have found a few notable items that are necessary with managers of my business. They must be hard workers. Lazy people get nowhere in life and accomplish only the bare minimum to survive. If they are not a hard worker with motivation, then they need to be replaced. Motivation is the key to a successful manager because if they are not motivated in his or her life, he or she will not be motivated at work. They must strive for something in their lives that they want and usually their work helps them get there. If they have motivation in life to become better, most likely they will have motivation to be successful at their job.The third thing that I look for is someone who is willing to learn. In all my properties we do a large amount of teaching. In most cases 90% of what current managers were taught is wrong and the other 10% have not been taught the correct way. This is why the majority of current managers must go because they are unwilling to learn new things and are stuck in bad habits. A willingness to change and be taught, motivation in their lives, and hard work is what I look for. If you can find these three traits, I would say you have a good start. I also look for people who I simply like and could develop a relationship with because I find that people will work harder for a boss they like as opposed to working for a boss he or she does not like.Now how do you go about finding these people to run your multi-million dollar businesses? The first and easiest way is referrals. I always know the top brokers, bankers, and city employees in each city I tend to do business with. Due diligence is the key and you should know them all well. I like to send them out an e-mail letting them know I respect their opinions as successful and knowledgeable people in the city and if they know anyone who fits the criteria to please bring those individuals to my attention. I have yet to ever have to go outside those few contacts to hire any managers. Honestly, I have had too many people who were very qualified that could have fit the bill easily. If you cannot find someone from those contacts go introduce yourself to more well respected individuals in the community and get more referrals. The chamber of commerce meetings do wonders for this stage in the hiring process.One you get that referral and you find yourself someone who has integrity is a hard worker, motivated in life, and willing to learn new things then it is time to start them off on the right foot. I know when I walk into a job I am more comfortable when I know what I am doing. I remember umpiring for the first time and just got thrown out there. I was nervous and blew many calls. I then remember my first meeting with investors to ask them for money to invest in one of my deals. Was I nervous? Yes, a little, but I had training from someone who has been there before and I was much more comfortable and loved my job. Managers want to be trained and they will appreciate the training because they will not feel like a fish out of water on day one.I suggest give them a short self storage book written by Tom Litton. It is a very easy read for a self storage manager and the information from his books is readily available on the internet. Every business owner’s time is valuable, but the time you take to correctly train a new employee is well worth the time you save having to constantly retrain new employees. I would start the training process a week before they start to be sure not to give them information overload too quickly. I would give them a day or two to read these books and report to you with questions, comments, and concerns.Many storage companies and businesses use management software. The easiest way to foul up records is to fail to have the proper knowledge on how to use the products. On my storage facility I use Site Link web edition. Site link has training videos, webinars, and manuals that explain everything in detail. I give my employees a solid day to review all of Site Link’s materials so when day one comes he or she feels very confident on how to use the software. Once again you have no real involvement and require him or her to come to you with questions, comments, and concerns.Many other training materials that are put on by inside self storage and the national self storage association will compliment your own training tactics. If you are serious with your employees, you can have them take the QSM or CSSM courses through each medium. I am qualified in both and they are a great way to get started. I recommend that you take these for your own educational purposes and then pass your knowledge along to your managers.The final step in the training process is to do mystery shops, mystery calls, and other role playing on events that happen at a storage facility. I would spend an entire day role playing with your manager. I would do everything from doing pretend calls with customers interested in renting a unit, current customers unsure about the new management, and collection calls to delinquent tenants who are behind on rent. I also do pretend customers who walk in to rent a unit, walk-in people that make a payment, walk-in people who are behind on rent and try to negotiate, and so on. I want to be sure that the majority of the situations that could occur, my manager have seen the situation from me first. Once we are done with a single role paying situation, we always go back in our heads on the positives, negatives, and improvements to be made. We also record some of our phone calls so we can let managers listen to them themselves.The lifeblood of your company is the people who run it. I know I do not want to run my own company on a day-to-day basis as I am out there buying more properties. However, before you before you focus on buying another property, take the time to make sure the one you just bought is being managed properly. Trying to acquire your next deal, you need to learn the business yourself. It will give you plenty of a return on the investment of your education and I promise you, whatever you invest in your managers’ education, you will be paid back tenfold. Treat your manager like you want to be treated, be honest with them, deliver realistic expectations, and praise them in public and criticize them in private. Respect your managers and do your best to care for them as people, not just an employee and he or she will do their best to treat your business like it is his or her own. I know everyone cannot have a personal relationship with his or her employees but I care for the people who work for me and I am successful because of him or her. I want to extend a special thank you to my friends and managers Ron Harris, Amber Rowe, Natasha Redding, Ruben Rodriguez, Teri Williams, Linda Davis, Theresa Voyles and many more. They have definitely made my life happier than ever.