Home Inspection Tools

With Carson Dunlop, a great reporting system is just the beginning. Our goal is to help you build a successful business. We offer support in many forms. Here are some examples:

Home Reference BookThe Home Reference Book – Provide your clients and real estate agents with a tangible thank you

The Home Reference Book is an easy-to-use manual with over 450 informative pages and 550 colour illustrations to help educate homeowners on home maintenance issues. Available in paperback and eBook, this text is an exceptional marketing tool for Home Inspectors. Horizon clients are able to purchase the Home Reference Book at a preferred rate. To learn more about the Home Reference Book partnership pricing for Horizon users, please call us at 800-268-7070 Ext. 270 or email: hrb@carsondunlop.com.

Technical Reference GuideTechnical Reference Guide – Determine the size and date of heating and cooling equipment

Home Inspectors need to educate their clients on the age and capacity of furnaces, boilers, air conditioners and water heaters. Available in both paperback and eBook, this text provides valuable information on these systems in an organized and easily accessed format.

or contact us at 800-268-7070 Ext. 251 or education@CarsonDunlop.com.

Sales and Marketing Training – Building Your Home Inspection BusinessSales and Marketing Training – Building Your Home Inspection Business

This 40-hour course is designed for those who have graduated from the training program. It describes the sales and marketing approaches that have worked for Carson Dunlop.

or contact us at 800-268-7070 Ext. 251 or education@CarsonDunlop.com.

Continuing Education – earn your CE creditsContinuing Education – earn your CE credits

The 10 courses in the training program not only provide great education for prospective home inspectors, they have been recognized by ASHI as valuable continuing education programs for practicing inspectors. Each of the 10 courses qualifies for continuing education credits as noted below.

  • Roofing
  • Structure
  • Heating I
  • Heating II
  • Communication and Professional Practice
  • Air Conditioning
  • Electrical
  • Plumbing
  • Exterior
  • Insulation and Interiors

Field-trainingField Training – because there is no substitute for experience

Our one-week intensive field training program provides an opportunity to work with a seasoned inspector/facilitator. You will have an opportunity to inspect 5 different homes with the facilitator, write the reports, and discuss the results with the instructor. At the end of the day, there is no substitute for experience.

Contact us at 800-268-7070 Ext. 251 or education@CarsonDunlop.com.

Illustrated HomeIllustrated Home – Our renowned picture book of homes

The Illustrated Home is a remarkable assembly of over 1700 colour illustrations that help home inspectors and their clients understand how houses work. The Illustrated Home proves that a picture is worth 1000 words.

or contact us at 800-268-7070 Ext. 251 or education@CarsonDunlop.com.

Kevin O’HornettOne-on-One Business Consulting

Kevin O’Hornett of PROSPEX is an experienced home inspection consultant and business coach. Working with Carson Dunlop, Kevin provides incredible value at a nominal cost, delivering several services, from helping set up your contract and report, to on-the-fly technical support. Kevin is a unique asset in the profession, putting decades of experience and expertise at your fingertips. To learn more, go to PROSPEX Home Inspector Consulting Services or contact us at 800-268-7070 Ext. 251 or education@CarsonDunlop.com.

Commercial Building Inspection Course

CDW-Commercial-Building-Course-CoverThis 3-day course put on by Carson Dunlop’s affiliate, CDW engineering, helps home inspectors expand their business to include commercial building inspections. The course covers technical topics, business issues, the scope of work, fee quoting, proposal and report writing, cost estimating and risk management.

To learn more, go to CDW Engineering.

Horizon Commercial Report Writing Software

Horizon Commercial Report Writing SoftwareHorizon’s commercial report writing software package is also available to help you write great commercial reports with the state-of-the-art Horizon report writing software.

Contact us at 800-268-7070 Ext. 243 or email: Horizon@carsondunlop.com.

Commercial Inspection – A Day in the Life DVDCommercial Inspection – A Day in the Life DVD

In this exciting new instructional DVD, Carson Dunlop Weldon fills the gap between the classroom and the electrical room. Follow Richard Weldon, (P. Eng., LEED AP, and the Carson Dunlop Weldon team through a commercial inspection, from the initial discussion with the client, through the inspection process, and finally to preparing the report. It’s like field training from the comfort of your home or office. To learn more about the benefits of this DVD.

or call 866-964-3246.

Commercial Inspection Walk-Through CDCommercial Inspection – Commercial Inspection Walk-Through CD

This CD walks you through an inspection of a low-rise office building. More than simply watching a video, this product is like attending a seminar. High resolution photographs and voice narration carry you through a complete inspection of a commercial building from start to finish. It’s like being at the inspection, only better as you can watch it over and over again at your convenience. To learn more about the benefits of this CD.

or call 866-964-3246.

Commercial Inspection – CommQuoteCommercial Inspection – CommQuote

CommQuote is an Excel-based solution that works with Microsoft Word, to help you prepare commercial inspection quotes and reports faster and easier than ever before. CommQuote is Excel-based which means you’re able to deliver consistent quotes. When preparing to write your report, CommQuote merges with Microsoft Word to allow you to create great looking proposals.

or call 866-964-3246.

Inspector’s Edge - A high quality, cost effective websiteInspector’s Edge – A high quality, cost effective website

Through our relationship with Neglia Design, you can have an incredible website for your company, without the complexity and high cost. You get a professional site that makes you look experienced, successful and accomplished. As a bonus, your business cards, letterhead, envelopes and brochures are built around the look of your website. A professional integrated look goes a long way to establishing your credibility. To learn more, click here or contact us at 800-268-7070 Ext. 251 or education@CarsonDunlop.com.

Inspection ReportOther services you can offer:

Home inspection consultants have several opportunities to add more value for clients. These include swimming pool and spa inspections, mold, termite, radon, asbestos and lead based paint, just to name a few. You can also add commercial inspection services, new construction inspections and energy assessments, for example. We can help you open these doors when the time comes.

At Carson Dunlop, we are with you every step of the way!

What Our Clients Say

  • I picked up two new agents this week when I did an inspection on a house they had listed.  Both were so impressed with the report format and the way I word things that they declared they were going to use me as their “go to” inspector.  My wording has not changed in the way I report items.  So that means all of the credit goes to the Horizon report format.

    Tim Fuller, Fuller Home Inspections

  • Fantastic reporting system! The best tool in any home inspector’s bag isn’t always in the bag.

    Steve Love, McKenzie-Taylor Associates Ltd

  • After finding Carson Dunlop Horizon software I quickly realized that this was by far the most comprehensive report I could use. The descriptions, limitations, recommendations, and the added feature of implications library has sped up my report writing time by hours. Not to mention the mobile app has become my best friend at the inspection site. It saves me at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours per inspection and my clients are very impressed with the final report. Horizon software is a great time saving product and has given me a definite edge in the inspection field.

    Troy Owen – Owen Home Inspection

  • As president of the NE chapter (ORCIA, Oklahoma Residential Commercial Inspection Association) I meet with many inspectors monthly. I have looked at and tried many different inspection software programs. I have the best looking, easiest to understand report of any of them! I just wanted to drop a quick line and let you know I appreciate your services and quick response when things go awry. Keep up the great work.

    Ken Woolbright, Gold Star Home Inspections, LLC

  • I am proud to say we have increased from three inspectors to ten since starting with Horizon in 2014. We also have three more currently in training. I only say this because Horizon is a significant part of our success. We are very pleased as well with the Horizon Commercial software.

    G Bryan, Houston TX.

  • I am still in “love” with Horizon. What is especially wonderful is how you continue to shape and improve the system without compromising its “roots”. What a great thing for small Companies in the rural areas to obtain the highest quality report writing in our profession, for a fair price. Ariel’s support is great! He is always fast to respond, and never makes us digital laymen feel inferior.

    David Steinman – Viewpoint Inspection