My son recently told me that he was planning on taking a Home
inspection course, his amount of construction amounts to a couple of
months working for a roofing contracter setting shingles on the roof.
Is it really that easy to get to be a home inspector??
He also mentioned that it was to cost about $10,000 for the course.
Isn't this the same amount for a PHD in something. I keep smelling "Rip
Is there any good places in California to take this kind of course?
There must be a state licensing board for both inspectors and inspector
Check out course content and costs from various licensed schools.
A good / useful home inspector should have building experience and
problem solving ability.
Since an inspector can report on only what he can see, one has to know
what might cause the visible condition.
However, I looked through several books on how to be a home inspector.
The content was common sense.
My assessment based on one course in TX. One can pass the course, pass the
test provided by TX, and be granted a license to be a home inspector. The
test is all memorization. In the real world, to be a home inspector, you
have to be familiar with a home from the ground its built on to the roof
over it, and everything inbetween. Assuming the course and the state test
is good to go and granted the license, the hard part is yet to come. This
consists of opening a private business, gaining clients, and pleasing those
clients based on the knowledge and expertise gained. A "bookworm" knowledge
don't cut it.
The old way was for a licensed inspector to take a prospective trainee under
his wing, after 2 or 3 years, the trainee would start studying for the local
state test if the inspector felt he was ready at that point. This became
too associative and familiarity of the person providing the training, if you
get my point. But had it benefits of real life hands on training of real
life inspections over a long period of time.
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