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Event :: 2021 VAREI Seminar and Annual Meeting

Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors

2021 VAREI Seminar and Annual Meeting


- Performing Better Deck Inspections, by Bruce Barker :: 2 hrs
- Keys to Writing Exceptional Reports, by Bruce Barker :: 2 hrs
- Annual VAREI Business Meeting and Election
- Inspection Agreements: How to Protect Your Business, by Brianne Smith :: 2hrs


The Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors (VAREI) invites you to attend its October 7 ONLINE seminar featuring relevant educational sessions with expert speakers.  This event also incorporates VAREI's annual association meeting where the board of directors and officers are elected. Your membership fee INCLUDES the seminar. All VAREI members are encouraged to participate. There is no need to pre-register as a Zoom link and meeting reminder will be emailed to all VAREI members in the week before the meeting date.

Start Date And Time

10/07/2021 08:00 am

End Date And Time

10/07/2021 02:30 pm



2021 VAREI Online Seminar and Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 7

Virginia – 6 CEs  

Schedule and Topics

7:40 – 8:00      Zoom Open for Networking

8:00 – 8:10      Welcome and Seminar Sign-in/out Procedures

                        Alex Aderton, Hollis Brown

8:10 – 9:50      Session 1: Performing Better Deck Inspections (2 CEs)

Bruce Barker

Decks are more complicated than most home inspectors realize. The liability risks imposed by decks can be significant if the deck or component parts fail during use. This session helps inspectors assess decks using a comprehensive standard of practice, and using deck construction best practices.

9:50 – 10:05   Prize Drawings / Sponsor Presentation: Zachary Daniels, Air Things

10:05 – 11:45  Session 2: Keys to Writing Exceptional Reports (2 CEs)

Bruce Barker

Clients need information they can understand and use to make informed decisions. The vehicle for delivering information is your report. An unprofessional report can render the most brilliant technical inspection useless, and can get you into a lot of trouble. Don’t let this happen to you. This session includes real‐world examples to show you how to write professional reports that your clients will love, and that will reduce your risk. Well informed clients mean more business and fewer problems.

11:45 – 12:00   Prize Drawings / Sponsor Intro: Aaron Woof, secure24promos 

12:00 – 12:30   VAREI Business Meeting

Virginia DPOR Update – Trisha Lindsey, Virginia DPOR Director of ALHI

Legislative Update – Robb Bohannon, VAREI Lobbyist

VAREI News, Leader Elections – Alex Aderton

12:30 – 2:10    Session 3: Inspection Agreements: How to Protect Your Business (2 CEs)

Brianne Smith

Inspection agreements can play a significant role in limiting and controlling risk for home inspectors. Learn about the key components that should be included in your inspection agreement and what terms and conditions to include that are specific to Virginia. The presentation includes real claims examples from the InspectorPro claims files as examples of how these important concepts have played out in practice.

2:10 – 2:25      Prize Drawings / Sponsor Intro: InspectorPro Insurance, Brianne Smith

2:25 – 2:30      Closing / Sign-Out

Alex Aderton, Hollis Brown 

About the Presenters

Bruce Barker has been building and inspecting homes for over 34 years. He is an ICC certified Residential Combination Inspector, a licensed contractor, and a licensed home inspector in multiple states. He is the author or editor of books including: Everybody’s Building Code, The NHIE Home Inspection Manual, A Practical Guide to Evaluating Decks, and books in the Black & Decker series including Codes for Homeowners, Deck Codes and Standards, and The Complete Guides to Wiring, Advanced Wiring, Plumbing, and Decks. He has a BSBA in Accounting and an MBA in Information Systems. Bruce is an ASHI Certified Inspector who currently serves as the 2021 national president for the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

Brianne Smith is an executive broker with InspectorPro Insurance, which is the leading home inspection insurance provider in the nation. She is a Certified Insurance Counselor (CIC), a highly regarded designation that takes years of training and experience to achieve. She focuses on helping inspectors understand their policies and how they can manage their risk, including ways to better protect their assets and avoid claims. Prior to joining InspectorPro, Brianne’s career included employment with lumber and construction companies.