Tuesday, November 10, 2015

How To Become A Home Inspector (part 1 of 2)


According to the United States Bureau of Labor and Statistics, there is an expected growth of 18 percent in the number of home inspectors between 2006 until 2016.  This can be considerably higher than other jobs, but the number of home inspectors can decrease in the future because some states are considering in increasing the certification requirements among inspectors.

A survey in 2001 showed that 77 % of home owners would take advantage of home inspector services before they purchase or sell their homes.  Home inspectors are responsible in evaluating the condition of houses and filing reports about the overall condition of the house to realtors or clients.

Home inspectors are responsible in inspecting utility and carpentry aspects of a house.  Therefore, an inspector should at least have some knowledge on electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems.  Aside from that, he should also have some knowledge about local building codes and ordinances to make sure that a house meets those standards.

But training and education-wise, what does a home inspector needs to have or how do you become an inspector? Here are some tips and steps on how to be a home inspector.

• Determine first, if this is the right job for you.  How would you know?  Search for job descriptions and what is a typical home inspector day.  If you think crawling under houses and searching dark attics would be fine for you and fun enough, then it could be the right job!

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