To become a home inspector, you’ll need training, and you may need to become licensed, registered or certified in your state. An online search will turn up many home inspector correspondence and self-study courses that you can purchase. Online training is also available, and fees vary. Many home inspection trade groups also offer training for a fee and a commitment to join their group.
You’ll also find independent home inspector schools, usually offering a two- to three-week classroom program at the school’s facility. Sometimes the itinerary is one night a week for several months, or weekends for a shorter period. Trade groups or independent schools also may help set up any ride-along or field training you will need.
When evaluating your options for home inspector training, consider this: Tens of thousands of people have been trained as home inspectors via correspondence courses, online training and independent home inspector schools. Most, however, never started a home inspection business, or they were unsuccessful in owning their businesses. One way to greatly increase your chances of success is to choose a home inspection franchise.
A home inspection franchise has many benefits over starting your business independently. Consider that most franchise businesses succeed, whereas most independent businesses do not. With a franchise, you’ll receive the equipment, training, and proven business and marketing plans you need for success. You’ll also have ongoing technical and marketing support, as well as a national company on your side.
If you’re interested in pursuing a career in home inspection, then consider a National Property Inspections or Global Property Inspections franchise. NPI/GPI will teach you the business of property inspection — from the technical aspects of inspecting a property and writing the report to the sales and marketing skills that will help your business succeed and rise among the competitors. For more information, visit www.npifranchise.com in the United States or www.gpifranchise.com in Canada.