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#397342 - 12/22/11 11:04 PM What does it take to become a home inspector?
Mike Yard Out Offline
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Registered: 12/22/11
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Loc: California
I currently do a lot of trash/outs and debris removal however I was thinking to include home inspections to my career. What is involved? Any good or bad ideas, or is this just too much to take on??? I work with a lot of agents and they say the home inspectors are "tough to find a good one" and since I have relations with many agents I thought I may have a foot in.

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#397352 - 12/23/11 01:30 AM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: Mike Yard Out]
VABroker Offline
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Registered: 11/02/10
Posts: 1031
Loc: Virginia
Wow! You might have to be licensed, you're going to have to know about electrical, plumbing, HVAC, building codes, the whole gamut - it certainly is not going to happen overnight.

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#397394 - 12/23/11 05:27 PM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: Mike Yard Out]
Inspectorjeff Offline
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Registered: 08/31/06
Posts: 80
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
No license required in CA, but it takes (among other things) commitment, training and education, otherwise you'll be one of the inspectors your agent-friends were referring to.

If you're truly serious about becoming an inspector, shoot me an email and I'll show you where to start. Include your service area(s) so that I can direct you to the most local training facility.

inspectorjeff@sbcglobal.net
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If your inspector is not using thermal imaging, you're not getting the whole picture. �

Jeff Pope
JPI Home Inspection Service
Santa Clarita CA
(661) 212-0738
http://www.MyInspector.net

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#397406 - 12/23/11 07:06 PM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: Inspectorjeff]
VABroker Offline
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InspectorJeff - That's so nice of you! I got a chuckle out of, "Otherwise you'll be one of the inspectors your agent-friends were referring to"!

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#397423 - 12/24/11 12:21 AM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: VABroker]
Inspectorjeff Offline
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Registered: 08/31/06
Posts: 80
Loc: Santa Clarita, CA
Originally Posted By: VABroker
InspectorJeff - That's so nice of you!
I am always more-than-willing to help someone enter this profession the proper way. There are too many folks out there calling themselves "inspectors," who are not qualified to perform an actual inspection.
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If your inspector is not using thermal imaging, you're not getting the whole picture. �

Jeff Pope
JPI Home Inspection Service
Santa Clarita CA
(661) 212-0738
http://www.MyInspector.net

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#397864 - 12/31/11 02:31 PM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: Mike Yard Out]
Perky_REALTOR Offline
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Registered: 11/27/06
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Apparently it is just as easy to become a home inspector as it is an agent? smirk

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#397865 - 12/31/11 02:34 PM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: Mike Yard Out]
Perky_REALTOR Offline
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Well in PA You have to apprentice alongside an inspector for a period of time - which means you have to be willing to work for free for quite a while. That makes it a little difficult.

I wanted my husband to become an inspector - he's been a carpenter/builder/contractor for 20+ years and has seen it all and can do many different things including wiring, plumbing, etc. I thought it would be a good thing to get into as he does less roofing and major jobs at this point in his life. I was thinking he could eventually phase out construction and enter into inspection more which is easier on the old bones than tearing things apart and building them again, lol.

But the actual apprentice thing is a stumbling block. And a lot of inspectors around here won't take you on as an apprentice unless you agree to sign a lengthy non-compete contract.


Edited by Perky_REALTOR (12/31/11 02:36 PM)

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#397867 - 12/31/11 03:02 PM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: Mike Yard Out]
Caoimhin Offline
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Registered: 04/16/08
Posts: 36
Loc: Bailey
The best Ive seen are those with a good broad-base knowledge of construction combined with common horse-sense.

The worst Ive experienced are those who pretend to be experts in indoor radon, and/or who think their certification in indoor moulds actually means something, and they think they know something about mould.

For info on a scientists take on radon see my discussion here:
http://www.forensic-applications.com/radon/radon.html


For a scientists take on mould sampling and testing, see here:
http://forensic-applications.com/moulds/sampling.html

Cheers -

Caoimhn P. Connell
Forensic Industrial Hygienist
www.forensic-applications.com

(The opinions expressed here are exclusively my personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect my professional opinion, opinion of my employer, agency, peers, or professional affiliates. The above post is for information only and does not reflect professional advice and is not intended to supercede the professional advice of others.)

AMDG

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#397871 - 12/31/11 04:39 PM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: Perky_REALTOR]
Vermont Offline
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Registered: 04/12/08
Posts: 7495
Loc: Vermont's North-East Kingdom
Originally Posted By: Perky_REALTOR
Well in PA You have to apprentice alongside an inspector for a period of time - which means you have to be willing to work for free for quite a while.
That's better than having no barriers to entry; whatsoever.

Here, we have absolutely: NO Licensing requirements, NO Experience requirements; NO Education requirements; and NO Insurance requirements.

If you can make up a sign and print some business cards . . . . poof . . . . you're a Building Inspector !

We recently had a Mortician who gotten tired of working with old human bodies, so he just decided one day that he'd try his hand at working with old houses . . . . at least he had seen an old house . . . . and he had been living in real estate for most of his life, so he figured he was a pretty a good match.

That was quite an experience. Some of his inspections lasted 8 hours . . . . you'd have to pack a lunch. He actually did a good, and very thorough, job; but had trouble dealing with the complaints that he got from "living" customers. He just wasn't used to that; so he went back to corpses after about a year. The dead don't complain so much.

Our Legislature continues to consider Bills for the Licensing of Building Inspectors every session; but the proposed legislation never seems to make it out of Committee?
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Dale C. Hittle of GOLDEN RULE PROPERTIES in Glover, Vermont
Where We're Always Striving To Put Together "THE FAIR DEAL"

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#398267 - 01/07/12 07:08 AM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: Mike Yard Out]
SaltspringRE Offline
Member

Registered: 01/08/08
Posts: 213
Loc: Gulf Islands BC
I have worked with good number of inspectors and the engineer / analytical type of personalities are really suited to this type of work.

If you are a stickler for detail and organized you would probably make a good inspector. I'm sure there are some good courses one can take.

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#398400 - 01/09/12 05:00 PM Re: What does it take to become a home inspector? [Re: Mike Yard Out]
LegalLawMaster Offline
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Registered: 01/06/12
Posts: 15
Loc: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US...
Going into this, you would need a good amount of training. It is different in every state, but in CA you do not need a license to become a home inspector. Also, look more into the job and make sure it is something you would actually enjoy doing. If so, then good luck!

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