Monthly Archives: May 2015

How to Get Trained as a Home Inspector

Inspector Team + ACTo 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.

What’s It Like to Be a Home Inspector?

Inspector + water heater5So, you’re interested in becoming a home inspector and wondering what the job is like? When you become a home inspector, you’ll spend your days on a variety activities, such as performing home inspections, writing inspection reports, interacting with real estate agents and clients, and marketing your business. You’ll also probably go to real estate expos and host a booth or table, hold agent continuing education classes, and join a business networking group or other local organization.

Your home inspection business will be a home-based and mobile venture. You’ll need a home office where you can write reports and take care of business tasks, but you’ll be on the road most days, driving to and from inspections.

Home inspection is a physical job. You’ll climb into attics, crawl into crawl spaces and climb on a ladder to perform roof inspections. You’ll also be on your feet during inspections, which will take up most of your day.

Does home inspection sound like a challenging, exciting opportunity for your next career? National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections have been helping their home inspector franchise owners start and operate successful inspection businesses for nearly 30 years. Let us put you on the right track to becoming a successful home and commercial property inspector. Visit www.npifranchise.com in the United States and www.gpifranchise.com in Canada.

Looking for a Real Estate Career? How About Home Inspection?

Agent With Couple_shutterstock_134479676Real estate is an exciting industry, which is why it appeals to many people. It’s an industry you can enter as a first career or as a second career. As you’ve been exploring real estate careers, you may have found several areas that interest you based on your skills, interests and income requirements. For example:

  • Real estate agent or broker
  • Real estate appraiser
  • Home remodeler
  • Home investing or flipping
  • Property manager
  • Mortgage loan officer
  • Termite or pest inspector
  • Home inspector

All of these are great opportunities. But have you considered the last one on the list — home inspection? Regardless of your background, education or current skills, home inspection can be a rewarding career that offers exciting new challenges.

Home inspectors usually own their own inspection businesses or work for a locally owned business. To become an inspector, first determine whether your state has certification or licensing requirements and what those requirements are.

You’ll undoubtedly need training, and that is available through a number of sources. If you want to start your business independently, you can find training through a number of home inspection schools or even at your local community college. Most states that require certification or licensing also require a certain number of hours or inspections in the field as part of your training. You’ll also need to join a home inspector organization, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or InterNACHI.

When you become a home inspector, you’ll work with real estate agents and clients to perform visual, noninvasive inspections on new and existing homes. You’ll look for safety hazards, incorrectly installed components, structural defects and more. You’ll be on the go most days, and you’ll be physical in your job.

Part of starting your own home inspection business means developing business, sales and marketing plans; setting up a website; finding report-writing software; and so much more. For this reason, many people who enter the home inspection industry choose to do so by purchasing a home inspection franchise. With a franchisor, the hard work is already done for you, and the franchisor provides the classroom training you’ll need, as well as sets you up with one of their other franchise owners for ride-along or field training. You’ll also receive ongoing technical and marketing support, website support and high-quality report software.

National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections have been helping people transform their lives as they become home and commercial property inspectors for nearly 30 years. If you’re interested in a career as a home inspector, and a home inspection franchise sounds like an opportunity for you, click here to visit our U.S. franchising site or click here to visit our Canadian franchising site.

Your Guide to Owning a Low-cost Home-based or Mobile Business

Family + House_shutterstock_59577916If you have an entrepreneurial spirit and a little cash in the bank, then starting your own business may be an excellent opportunity. Going into business for yourself means that you’ll have a flexible schedule, become your own boss and be able to include family members in your business. Making a profit is important, of course, but so is lifestyle and freedom. Owning your own business can give you the best of both worlds.

You’ll find plenty of opportunities to start a low-cost business for $50,000 or less — you just have to find your niche. When you’re considering low-cost businesses, also consider starting a home-based or mobile business, which eliminates the need for costly overhead, such as a store, office or warehouse.

Low-cost Business Opportunities
If you have a degree or skill in a field that you enjoy, then you probably already have an idea for starting your own low-cost business. For example, if you’re a certified public accountant (CPA), you can start your own accounting or bookkeeping business. In fact, there are plenty of possibilities for building a business based on your current job or skills:

  • Consulting
  • Jewelry design
  • Freelancing
  • Hobby business
  • Direct sales
  • Pet care/sitting
  • Child or elder care
  • Remodeling contractor
  • House and commercial building cleaning
  • Photography

The opportunities are endless, and you already have the skills necessary. All you need is the capital to get your business started.

Maybe you’re unhappy in your current career or field, and you’re looking to try something completely new. In that case, a low-cost franchise opportunity might be ideal for you.

With a franchise, the franchisor will provide the necessary training, as well as tested and proven business, sales and marketing models. They’ve done hard work for you, and you can count on the success of their business models — you just have to follow the plan.

If you want to enter an industry that requires certification or licensing, then your franchisor’s training program is most likely approved. This can help you change careers faster, and your franchisor can help you with certification. Furthermore, your training will be included in the initial franchise fee.

Stay at Home or Take Your Business on the Road
When you start a small business of your own, you can choose to either work from home, have a mobile business, or be a blend of both. For example, if you’re a photographer, you’ll probably need a studio in your home, but you’ll also go on photo shoots around your city. Eliminating the cost of a brick-and-mortar store or office will save a lot of money on business overhead.

Interested in a great franchise opportunity? National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections train franchise owners in the business of home and commercial property inspections. Click here for more information about franchising with NPI in the United States, or click here for information about franchising with GPI in Canada.

Millennials Hit the Housing Market in 2015

By Bill Erickson, Executive Vice President, NPI/GPI

Couple + Agent_shutterstock_189904160National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections franchise owners/inspectors are doing more first-time home buyer inspections than ever before. One explanation is the improving job market and economy. The other reason is demographics.

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) expects that 2015 will turn out to be a big year for millennials becoming first-time home buyers. Most buyers move into their first homes when they’re between the ages of 25 and 34. This fits the demographics of millennials, and their sheer numbers should drive demand for more home sales.

Also priming the first-time buyer market are easier terms for obtaining a mortgage, including a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) mortgage. The FHA — which is part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) — insures the loan, so your lender can offer you a better deal. An FHA mortgage offers three advantages for first-time home buyers:

  1. Low down payments
  2. Low closing costs
  3. Easy credit qualification

For example, your down payment can be as low as 3.5 percent of the purchase price.

Ask your local bank or mortgage company for more information about FHA mortgages. You can download a free guide to FHA mortgages titled “FHA Home loans 101” at http://www.fha.com/.

Another tip for first-time home buyers: Make your home purchase contingent on a home inspection. This should be a clause in your real estate purchase agreement so that if you aren’t comfortable with the findings of the inspection or with what the seller is willing to repair, you can walk away from the deal with your earnest deposit refunded.