November 2018 – Fall Seminar
Seminar Date and time: Saturday, November 17th, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Test house availability: Monday – Thursday, November 12th – 15th, 8 am – 4 pm, and Friday, November 16th, 8 am – 3:30 pm.
Where: University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, 1890 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN
Topic: Home inspection test house
CE credit: We have been approved for 8 hours of CE through ASHI. The time spent inspecting the house on your own will not count toward CE hours.
Moderators: Neil Saltzman, Tessa Murry, Reuben Saltzman, and Barry Eliason
Our chapter is again partnering with the Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors (MSHI) to create an all-day test house seminar. We had great feedback on this seminar last year, so we’re doing it again this year. We’ll have a vacant house available to seminar attendees the week before the seminar, from November 12th to November 16th. Home inspectors can inspect the home as they normally would, then bring their findings to the seminar on Saturday. All inspectors will be welcome to share or not share their results; this will not truly be a “test”, as nobody will look over and grade your reports. Seminar attendees will not be required to inspect the test house beforehand; they’re just encouraged to.
Photos, report language, defect diagrams, and corresponding home inspection SOP will all be reviewed at the time of the seminar, with the presenters working as moderators to facilitate a group discussion. What did you find, what did you recommend, and why?
This will be a fun seminar where we can all learn from each other. We’ll also have a special guest in attendance at this seminar, ASHI President Tim Buell.
7:30 am – 8:00 am: Registration, breakfast
8:00 am – 9:45 am: Interior inspection, led by Neil Saltzman
9:45 am – 10:00 am: Break
10:00 am – 12:00 pm: Attic and HVAC inspection, let by Tessa Murry
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm: Catered lunch
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm: Plumbing & Electrical inspection, led by Reuben Saltzman
2:45 pm – 3:00 pm: Break
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm: Exterior inspection, led by Barry Eliason
About the Moderators
- Neil Saltzman, ACI: Neil began his career in home inspections in 1990. He is a licensed Truth-In-Sale of Housing Evaluator, and served as president of the Minnesota Society of Housing Inspectors from 2004 to 2010.
- Tessa Murry, ACI: Tessa graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Residential Building Science and Technology, and then went on to work as a Performance and Testing Manager at a local home performance and insulation company, Cocoon. She now works as a full-time home inspector at Structure Tech.
- Reuben Saltzman, ACI: Current president of the ASHI Heartland Chapter, ASHI Director (2017 – 2019), and author of the weekly home inspection blog The Home Inspector on the Star Tribune news site.
- Barry Eliason, ACI: Barry started doing home inspections in the early 80s and formed the inspection company Private Eye in 1986. In 1998 he began doing moisture testing on stucco clad homes in the Twin Cities and discovered what would become known as an epidemic of moisture damaged homes. Barry has served as both Secretary and President of MSHI. He is a certified Building Science Thermographer, Exterior Design Institute Certified level 1 EIFS inspector and Certified Level 2 Building Envelope Inspector.
The fee for this full day of learning, with food included, is only $25 for chapter members. Amazing, right? This is what your dues are paying for. Please register through MSHI’s website here
If you’re not a member of our chapter, you ought to join our chapter and get the chapter rate for this seminar. If you’re simply not interested in that, the seminar fee for non-members is $99. And that’s still a bargain. The registration deadline has been extended to November 9th.
The address of the test house will be sent out to registered attendees. The home is located in Minneapolis, within walking distance of the Walker Art Center.
When: Monday, December 10th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: The Family Handyman Headquarters, Eagan, MN
Topic: Infrared tips and tricks, other topics to be announced
Speaker: Flir, others to be announced
The fine folks at The Family Handyman have generously offered to host another chapter meeting at their headquarters in Eagan. The event topics haven’t yet been finalized, but whatever it is should be great. This will be a members-only meeting. The registration link for this meeting will be sent out on December 1st.
When: Monday, January 14th, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Where: Frankie’s Pizza, 3556 Winnetka Ave N, New Hope, MN ()
$15 for ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 4:00 pm on 1/14/19.
$20 for non-ASHI Heartland Members who register online by 4:00 pm on 1/14/19.
Walk-in meeting fees are $20/$25 for chapter members/non-members, respectively.