Hello to everyone,
I'm interested ( extremely ), in learning home inspection. I checked some
web info ( carson) , I also looked into community college courses and
The question is, What would be the most accepted form of training to get
started in this new career?
I'm going a little nuts with all the difference of opinions , would like to
hear from someone who's been there.
Check the requirements to become a member of some of these groups. In
some cases, no licensure or proof of ability to perform home
inspections is even required. In at least one case, the "alternative"
group was formed primarily as a moneymaker for the founder.
Only about half of the states (USA) license or certify home
inspectors. The requirements in the other states vary quite a bit. In
some cases all a "home inspector" has to do to practice is have a
phone number and a business card.
No dumb questions, just dumb answers.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore, Maryland - firstname.lastname@example.org
It helps a lot to own a home and have lots of experience fixing the endless
pain in the ass problems that appear just when you thought you could stretch
out in the yard with a bunch of magazines & a beer and maybe everyone would
leave you alone. "Honey....the toilet's doing something weird...."
PS --- also make sure your physically agile to be able to "get on a two
story roof to make the roofing inspection. I had one inspector who said
"I think the upper story roof is ok." I told him that IF he wanted to
be paid he was going to have to go up and INSPECT IT (and write that on
the inspection.) He had to send for another "inspector" because of the
My inspector had height issues, too, but he told me up front. I called a
roofer I'd used in the past and offered to pay him. He agreed, checked it
out, pointed out a couple of concerns, and then refused to charge me.
Sometimes offering money shows people that you appreciate the value of their
time, and you get a surprise in return.
I think many inspector organizations see such a practice of climbing
on every roof as unsafe, so it's against their SOP's.
My understanding, you only need to go to the roof, if you can't
visually inspect it from the ground.
tom @ www.FreelancingProjects.com
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