National Inventory Certification Association – Education and certification for industry professionals
17 Jul 2017

New York City Inventory and Moving Professional Achieves Certification

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Pamela Muller for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist.

 

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Pamela Muller, owner of NouvelleView, has recently earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation confirms her knowledge to provide quality residential and small business contents professional inventory services.

 

To earn this certification, Muller was required to successfully complete specified courses developed by NICA, agree to conduct business according to the asset industry Code of Ethics, and pass the final exam, which is a compilation of the content of those required courses. Additionally, she accumulated a required number of Continuing Education Units through various options.

 

There is an increasing awareness of the necessity and benefits of having a prepared photographic and written record of one’s personal property. This knowledge and the ever-increasing busy lifestyles of homeowners and business owners alike create a growing demand for a professional inventory service provider.

 

Achieving certification is not required for the contents inventory professional. Choosing to invest in  continuing education shows Muller’s desire to learn the industry and let her clients know that she has gone the extra mile to ensure she provides quality inventory services.

 

NouvelleView is a New York and Hamptons based personalized moving service, for local and international clients. In addition to inventorying the contents, they take care of all the details of your move from start to finish. Clients’ valuables are always looked after with the specialized care of luxury, white glove, and fine arts moving. Moving is a perfect time to create a new home inventory, and NouvelleView have demonstrated the importance of this documentation by achieving the Certified Inventory Specialist designation.

12 Jul 2017

Renovation Angel Q&As

Renovation Angel LogoRenovation Angel is the National Inventory Certification Association‘s (NICA) newest Associate Member, and one who can provide some great connections for you to grow your home inventory business. They are North America’s premier luxury kitchen, renovation, and furniture recycling enterprise. Homeowners receive thousands of dollars in project savings through: 1) a full tax deduction, 2) free, white-glove removal/pack/transport, and 3) no disposal fees. Renovation Angel has conducted over 5,000 projects including a member of the Forbes 400, Celebrities, Sports Stars, and High-Net-Worth Property Owners.

NICA held a conference call a few months ago for members, and many were excited about the possibilities of being an Appraisal Examiner for Renovation Angel and Nugent Appraisal, which conducts the appraisal portion of the project.

Questions and Answers

A few questions were sent to the NICA office after the call, so we wanted to share them with you in the newsletter.

Do you recycle residential only, or do you also recycle commercial kitchens? 
Mostly residential kitchens. However, good condition commercial kitchens we have taken – both from residences and restaurants.

What is the minimum dollar amount for a project to qualify (to make it worth our time to go on site to get photos to send for your review/acceptance)? 
Generally $10,000 or more of re-sale is the minimum. However, if it is good quality luxury items (furniture, a cooking range, chandelier), it could be $5,000 – $10,000

When you say you will take all contents of an estate, does that include dishes, pots & pans, linens, etc., or only specific items?
Generally we do not take dishes, etc. However, if they are part of larger, valuable donation, and they can be packed up in boxes, we will take them (it becomes one of the negotiating points on a donation)

For a whole-house contents donation, is there a minimum of fair market value that must be met before the estate qualifies; in other words, must all contents be “luxury” items? 
We take numerous donations where the items are very good condition mid-range furniture, kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, etc.

Do you pay for travel? 
If you are inspecting on our behalf, you would give us a quote for your fees, to include travel time, mileage, etc.

Once the examiner portion of the project is complete, how and when is the payment processed?
You would send your digital invoice to Robin Canfield, Director of HR & Finance, which is paid within 7 business days. 

Consider the opportunities!

 

07 Jul 2017

Update on the Appraisal Examiner Certification

update Post-it noteWe have had a great deal of interest regarding the Appraisal Examiner Certification.

Nugent Appraisal is pleased with the progress as we work through the bumps of implementing a new program. The successes have been many, with the NICA members reporting how much they enjoy working with Ray Nugent. You just never know what or how many pieces you’ll be called to collect information on. Jobs have included just one piece of art to a whole-house estate.

To date, the following have achieved their CAE:

  1. Brandon Ely, Inventory Defense
  2. Cindy Hartman, Hartman Inventory
  3. Debra Palmer, Palmer Home and Business Inventory Professionals
  4. Donna Courtney, Courtney Inventory
  5. Hassan Saiyid, Lonestar Inventory
  6. Jo Soard, American Home Inventory Professionals
  7. John Maida, WJ Home Inventory Services
  8. Kate LeGrand, Capital Counts Inventory
  9. Lavon Kearney, Serenity Assured Inventory Solution
  10. Mike Hartman, Hartman Inventory
  11. Nash Khan, Lonestar Inventory
  12. Tim Edwards, Elite Inventory
  13. Tricia Hoekwater, Uniquely Yours Digital Solutions

Congratulations on your achievement!

03 Jul 2017

Website Compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act

Mary GillenIn March we launched our new website, and we’ve received many positive comments on the new look, and ease of the online process to take courses and apply for certifications. One thing we didn’t mention is that the site is ADA compliant. As your industry association, we feel it is important to keep you up to date on this issue so you can meet the requirements set forth by the Department of Justice.

What does being compliant mean, and how does it affect you?

Mary Gillen, Associate Member who has 20+ years of experience in web development, informed us that “until now, website accessibility hasn’t been a big concern for most business owners and marketers. But legislative changes will soon be in place.By 2018, The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is expected to roll out official compliance guidelines concerning online accessibility for the disabled as part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The DOJ will soon be expecting all websites (Federal government, state/local government, and private companies) to accommodate people with disabilities. Whether the DOJ will implement web accessibility standards is not a matter of if, but when.

“Waiting until it’s the law may still make any organization legally vulnerable in the meantime if they are not in compliance, as organizations such as Peapod, Target, Reebok, and the NBA have already found out. All of them have already been sued for website accessibility non-compliance.

“In the last year online businesses have faced a wave of demand letters and lawsuits alleging that their websites are inaccessible to the visually impaired and/or hearing impaired in violation of Title III of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (the “ADA”).”

What this means is that every website will be required to be ADA compliant. Some of our members have already met these requirements. We recommend that you not wait until 2018 is near, as all web developers will be overburdened with this task. Additional information will be in next month’s newsletter. If you want to begin planning now, contact your web developer or email Mary at mary@marygillen.com to schedule a phone call to discuss your website.

28 Jun 2017

Tampa, Florida Member Achieves Appraisal Examiner Certification

Congratulations to member Debra Palmer for achieving the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

Debra PalmerPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that member Debra Palmer, owner of Palmer Home and Business Inventory Professionals, has recently earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

 

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for personal property inventory professionals to serve as an Appraisal Examiner. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

 

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these contents inventory professionals have the knowledge and information required to collect and provide the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

 

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification.Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective, chosen from the NICA curriculum. This Committee included Members of NICA, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors.

 

Managing Director Cindy Hartman states, “Debra has been providing personal property inventories for years in the Tampa area. This certification brings additional credibility to her company and also enables her to expand her service to serve more clients’ needs.  

 

Based in Tampa, Florida, Palmer Home and Business Inventory Professionals offers residential and business asset inventory services and now appraisal services to the Tampa metro area. 

23 Jun 2017

Friendswood, Texas Members Achieve CIS Designation

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates owners of Lonestar Inventory, LLC for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that business partners Hassan Saiyid and Nash Khan, owners of Lonestar Inventory, LLC have recently earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation confirms their knowledge to provide professional residential and small business contents inventory services.

 

To earn this certification, they were required to pass a required selection of courses developed by NICA, with a grade of 85% or better, plus have an accumulation of a set number of Continuing Education Units through these courses and college education, combined. They also agreed to conduct business according to the asset industry Code of Ethics. The final step in achieving this certification was to pass the final exam.

 

There is an increasing awareness of the necessity and benefits of having a prepared photographic and written record of one’s personal property. This knowledge and the ever-increasing busy lifestyles of homeowners and business owners alike create a growing demand for a professional inventory service.

 

Achieving certification is not required for the contents inventory professional. Choosing to invest in  continuing education shows Hassan’s and Nash’s desire to learn the industry and let their clients know that they have gone the extra mile to ensure that Lonestar Inventory will be known as a quality company. Hassan states, “I have a finance and banking background. This knowledge encouraged me to begin an inventory service so I could help business owners, homeowners, and renters have this important information. When Nash and I developed our business partnership, we agreed achieving our certification would be one of the first steps in our start-up.”

 

Mike Hartman, Executive Director of NICA, said, “Nash has a background in entrepreneurship; combine that with Hassan’s finance knowledge, and you have a solid foundation of serious business men who see the value and need for documenting one’s assets. We are pleased to have a member provide these inventory services in the Houston area.”  

 

Lonestar Inventory is based in Friendswood, Texas, offering residential and business asset inventory services for many needs, such as disaster preparedness, collectibles, estates, separation of asset, business buy/sell agreements, and asset tracking.

20 Jun 2017

Indianapolis Inventory Professional Achieves Appraisal Examiner Certification

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Jo Soard for achieving the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

Jo SoardPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Jo Soard, owner of American Home Inventory Professionals, has earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

 

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for personal property inventory professionals to serve as an Appraisal Examiner. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the required information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners, and for Certified NICA members to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

 

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these contents inventory professionals have the knowledge and information required to collect and provide the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

 

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification.Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective, chosen from the NICA curriculum. This Committee included Members of NICA, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors.

 

Based in Indianapolis, Indiana, American Home Inventory Professionals offers residential and business asset inventory services to Indianapolis Metropolitan area. 

 

16 Jun 2017

Owner of Inventory Defense, LLC Achieves Appraisal Examiner Certification

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Brandon Ely for achieving the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Brandon Ely, owner of Lyman, South Carolina-based Inventory Defense, LLC, has recently earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

 

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for asset inventory professionals to serve as Appraisal Examiners. This certification provides the credentials to assist appraisers by collecting the specific information they need to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report.

 

The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service, providing the opportunity for appraisal firms to locate certified, qualified examiners. Additionally, estate attorneys, insurance agents, and financial planners often recommend that their clients obtain appraisals of their valuable items. The home inventory professional who has achieved his or her CAE designation can be a great resource for these referring professionals..

 

To help ensure that the inventory provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification. Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation can apply for this additional level. They are also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective chosen from the NICA curriculum. This Committee included Members of NICA, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors.

 

Managing Director Cindy Hartman recalls, “Brandon joined NICA with a focus on achieving both this Certified Inventory Specialist and Certified Appraisal Examiner designations as quickly as possible. He is currently working a full time job, starting this inventory business, and attending school three nights a week to achieve an Accounting degree. He is a great example for all new business owners. When you have the drive and desire, anything is possible.”

 

Based in Lyman, South Carolina, Inventory Defense offers residential and business asset inventory services to upstate South Carolina as well as southwest North Carolina. 

14 Jun 2017

Easy Online Applications – CIS, CAE and Designation Renewal

Woman taking online courseWe’ve had some questions about the streamlined application processes when achieving the Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) and the Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE) designations. Keeping your busy lifestyles in mind, we developed an online process that doesn’t include asking for the forms to be sent to you from our office.

The requirements to achieve each of the certifications are listed on the Certification page of the NICA website. It is a sub-page under Professional Development. Once you have completed the requirements:

  • Click on the “Submit CIS Application” or “Submit CAE Application” button.
  • Complete the online form.
  • You will receive an automated confirmation confirming your application was received.
  • The NICA office will notify you of acceptance once the Education Committee reviews and approves your application. If there are any questions, we will contact you.

To retain your designation each calendar year, return to the Certification page and click on the “Submit Certification Renewal” button. After you enter how you earned your 5 CEUs, submit the form and you will receive an automated confirmation. The Education Committee will review your application and will notify you of approval or request more information regarding your CEUs.

If you need further information about the certification or the application process, please feel free to contact the NICA office.

07 Jun 2017

NICA Member in Virginia Achieves CIS Designation

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Mike Visgauss for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist.

The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Mike Visgauss, owner of Visgauss Consulting LLC, has recently earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation confirms his knowledge to provide quality residential and small business contents professional inventory services.

 

To earn this certification, Visgauss passed specified courses developed by NICA, agreed to conduct business according to the asset industry Code of Ethics, and accumulated a required number of Continuing Education Units. He then passed the certification exam, which is the final step in achieving this designation.

 

There is an increasing awareness of the necessity and benefits of having a prepared photographic and written record of one’s personal property. This knowledge and the ever-increasing busy lifestyles of homeowners and business owners alike create a growing demand for a professional inventory service provider.

 

Achieving certification is not required for the contents inventory professional. Choosing to invest in  continuing education shows Mike’s desire to learn the industry and let his clients know that he has gone the extra mile to ensure he provides quality inventory services. He states, “My 20 years as a Claim Superintendent for a major insurance company and over 16 years as a multi-line insurance agent provides a great foundation to begin my inventory business.”

 

Visgauss specialized in Homeowners and Commercial Property Insurance. He holds a Consultants and Producers License in Virginia. Focusing on the contents inventory industry, he recently added his Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation to his list of achievements. Mike previously earned a Master in Business Administration degree, the Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, and is a Certified Fraud Examiner.

 

Based in Alexandria, Visgauss Consulting offers residential and business asset inventory services to the geographic areas of Alexandria, Northern Virginia, Long Island, and New York City.. For more information about Visgauss Consulting, visit http://www.vcllc.us.