If you’re looking for career options for your first career or your next career, then property inspection may pique your interest. As one of the leading property inspection franchisors, National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections have franchise owners from a wide variety of backgrounds. Here are the top four skills you’ll need to become a great home and commercial property inspector.
1. Technical Knowledge
Property inspectors need to have sound general knowledge about all aspects of a home or commercial building, including structure and foundation, heating and cooling systems, plumbing systems, electrical systems, roofs, and interior and exterior elements. They need to know how each component functions, what it does and how to inspect it. They also need to know the common problems of each component and how to identify problems.
Although many property inspectors have a background in a construction field or trade, the good news is that you don’t need a construction background to succeed in the property inspection business. We have plenty of franchise owners who came from corporate or IT careers and have become successful property inspectors. The most important thing is that you find outstanding training in the property inspection field.
Our franchise owners say that the NPI/GPI training program is a key reason they choose to start their property inspection business with us. Our extensive training program gives them the knowledge they need to perform both home and commercial building inspections, and our training is approved in states and provinces that require licensing.
2. Report-writing Software
The inspection report is a crucial part of every property inspection. The report lets home buyers and commercial building buyers know what components are in good working order, what needs to be repaired or replaced, and what systems are nearing end of life. In addition, many buyers use their inspection reports as checklists of things to repair after they buy the house or building.
The report-writing software that you use must provide comprehensive, professional-looking reports that are also easy for your clients to understand. The software must allow the insertion of plenty of photos. And it must be user-friendly for you so that you can create inspection reports efficiently and quickly.
3. Effective Communication Skills
Because so much of a property inspector’s business comes from referral sources, such as real estate agents, it is imperative that people in this business have superb communication skills, both verbal and written. Verbal communication is vital when meeting and networking with potential referral sources, as well as when reviewing your report findings with clients. Effective written communication is critical for your inspection reports.
4. Sales, Marketing and Computer Skills
You don’t need to have an extensive background in sales and marketing to have a successful property inspection business, but people who know how to sell and market will succeed better and faster. Again, the good news is that if you have no sales or marketing skills, you can easily learn the skills you need for the property inspection business.
Some examples of where sales and marketing skills are essential to your business are meeting with potential referral sources, using social media marketing to position your business, knowing how to close the sale when someone calls for an inspection, and developing and growing your business contacts.
Intermediate computer skills are a great asset to a property inspector. For example, you’ll use report-writing software loaded on your computer. You’ll also be giving presentations at real estate offices, so some skill with PowerPoint and other Microsoft Office applications will be helpful. And any experience you may have with websites, social media and Web applications will definitely help you.
So, is property inspection a good fit for your next career move? If you are interested in the industry and have some of the skills necessary, then there’s a good chance you can succeed with your own inspection business. Bear in mind, though, that most of the skills you need can be easily learned — you just have to find the right training classes.
For this reason, many entrepreneurs who venture into property inspection choose to start their businesses with a franchisor. National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections offer comprehensive training in the technical aspects of inspection, sales and marketing, business, and networking so you can get your business of to a great start. Call 1.800.333.9807, Ext. 24, for more information about our franchise opportunities in your area.