Below is a list of the continuing education courses that we currently have available. If you are interested in scheduling a course with ValueCheck Inspections , please click on the Schedule Course button below the course that you are interested in and we will contact you to finalize a date and time. If you have any questions about our continuing education program, please contact us at: 810-750-0000.
Avoiding the Aggravations of Home Inspections
Course Description:

The home inspection is one of the most crucial parts of the home buying process. Offers are finalized or revoked as a result of a home inspector’s report. A home inspection can be a source of anxiety for buyers, sellers, and real estate agents. However, real estate agents can ease some of their clients’ anxieties by helping them to be better educated and prepared for the home inspection process. Many aggravations can be avoided if the real estate agent prepares the buyer and seller before the inspection takes place. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Set expectations for the buyer

•       Explain common components of an inspection agreement

•       Avoid aggravations by preparing the seller

•       Avoid aggravations by preparing the buyer

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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Defects that Could Derail your Deal - Asbestos and Mold
Course Description:

To show photos and discuss asbestos and mold, enabling agents to identify these defects when listing a house, and be better equipped to manage the situation during home inspections.

Learning Objectives:
  • Agents will be able to identify asbestos in various locations in the home
  • To understand the issues, implications and options regarding asbestos
  • To discuss the different types of mold and health considerations
  • Agents will be better able to advise their clients regarding mold testing and cleanup
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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Defects that Could Derail your Deal - Electrical Panels and Aluminum Wiring
Course Description:

To show photos and discuss electrical panels and aluminum wiring, enabling
agents to identify these defects when listing a house, and be better equipped
to manage the situation during home inspections.

Learning Objectives:
  • Agents will be able to identify the most common problematic electrical panels (Federal Pacific Stab Loc and Zinsco ) and have a basic understanding of their design flaws
  • Agents will gain an understanding of why aluminum wiring is a concern and what repair options are available
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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Defects that Could Derail your Deal - Foundation Defects and Basement Waterproofing
Course Description:

To show photos and discuss foundation defects, repair options, and associated cost magnitude, which will enable agents to identify them when listing a house and be better equipped to manage the situation when these things come up on home inspections.

Learning Objectives:

Agenda:

  • Types of Foundation Cracks
    • Vertical Cracks
    • Diagonal Cracks
    • Step Cracks
    • Horizontal Cracks
  • Horizontal Crack Repairs
  • Basement Waterproofing Repairs
  • Q&A
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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Going Green: For Real Estate Agents
Course Description:

A home’s energy efficiency has a direct impact on the owner’s wallet. Real estate agents are often asked by clients questions regarding a home’s energy efficiency, including questions about the home’s heating and cooling system, construction, and appliances. In addition, many people are becoming more aware of how their lifestyle decisions directly affect the environment. This course is designed for real estate agents who want to better advocate for clients that are concerned with a home’s energy efficiency and environmental impact. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Differentiate between ‘green’ and ‘green-washed’ products and services
  • Describe the characteristics and benefits of green appliances
  • Describe the benefits of green systems that can be installed within a home
  • Identify characteristics of green construction
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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Inspection Liability
Course Description:

To discuss inspector liability and how Realtors can reduce their risk regarding home inspections.

Learning Objectives:

Agenda:
• Home Inspector Liability
• Meeting a Standard of Care
• Inspection Scope and Standards
• Inspection Agreements
• Insurance
• Ways Agents can reduce their Liability
• Q&A

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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Lead Safety: For Real Estate Agents
Course Description:

Any structure built before 1978 is at risk for containing lead paint. The prevalence of lead paint may impact a buyer’s decision on whether or not to purchase a property. Sellers may have more realistic expectations regarding the sale of their property if they are aware of the implications of lead-based paint that may be present on their property. Real estate agents can help to communicate the implications of lead-based paint to their clients if they are better educated on the subject. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Define lead abatement and explain why lead based paint is prevalent in buildings prior to 1978.

•       Identify and explain the health implications of lead based paint poisoning.

•       Describe risks of performing renovations on areas afflicted with lead based paint.

•       Explain government regulations that address lead based paint.

•       Describe tests available to determine if lead based paint is prevalent in a building.

•       Communicate implications of lead based paint to clients. 

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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Radon and the Real Estate Transaction
Course Description:

Any home, regardless of when it was built, its location, or the materials used to build the home, can expose its residents to radon. Many states require that a home’s radon history be disclosed to potential buyers. As a result, radon testing may play an important role in the real estate transaction process. Real estate agents that are better informed on the potential hazards associated with radon as well as mitigation techniques will be able to better guide their clients through the real estate transaction process. 

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

•       Identify risks associated with long-term radon exposure.

•       Describe ways that radon can infiltrate a house.

•       Explain testing measures that can be used to identify the presence of radon in a home.

•       Describe the benefits of radon mitigation systems.

•       Guide their clients through the real estate transaction process with particular sensitivity to radon. 

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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The Home Inspection Process
Course Description:

To get an overview of the home inspection process.

Learning Objectives:
  • Agents will understand home inspection scope, the various types of inspections, the importance of setting buyer and seller expectations.
  • Agents will also understand their role during the home inspection and what criteria they should consider when choosing an inspector to refer.
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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Understanding Residential Electrical Inspections: For Real Estate Agents
Course Description:

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical problems are the largest cause of property damage in home structure fires across the United States. Since electrical inspections are important for the safety of one’s home, they often cause anxiety to those purchasing or selling a home. Real estate agents who take this course will be guided through the steps of an electrical inspection. By understanding the process of performing residential electrical inspections, real estate agents can help give peace of mind to all parties involved in the home-buying process.

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Define basic safety rules to use when inspecting live electrical components, including panels and enclosures
  • Identify common failures that can lead to unsafe conditions around the home
  • Identify different types of electrical panels and common problem areas in each
  • Understand connections and defects inside the service panel
Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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Well, Septic and Sewer Inspections
Course Description:

To show photos and discuss well, septic, and sewer inspections, which will enable agents to be better equipped to manage the situation when these things come up on home inspections.

Learning Objectives:

Agenda:

  • Types of Wells
  • Well Inspections
  • Water Testing
  • Septic Systems Overview
  • Septic System Inspections
  • Sewer Scope Inspections
  • Q&A

 

Course Credit:
Real Estate Continuing Education - 1.00 Credits  (Michigan) 
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