Real 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.