How to Get Started as a Home Inspector
By Nick Gromicko, Alan Nguyen, and Kate Tarasenko
What is Home
Home inspections are non-invasive, visual examinations of
systems and components of a residential property that Is designed to identify
defects outlined by a well-recognized standard of practice and code of ethics.
An inspector is expected to report on any observed material defect and cover
any applicable requirement of the state in which they are practicing.
Typically, an inspection report covers the following systems
and components of a home: heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC),
plumbing, electrical systems, structural components, foundation, roof,
exterior, and interior. Some standards of practice and/or state requirements
may request that an inspection go beyond the scope of these systems.
You can find out more information about individual states by
going to www.nachi.org/pre.
Inspections are a safeguard for homeowners, buyers, and
sellers by ensuring that residential properties are free of major defects that
may have significant, adverse effects on the value of the home or pose a risk
to the health and well-being of the occupants.
How do you Become a
Some states require that home inspectors become licensed in
order to practice, while others do not. Make sure to check the laws and
regulations of the state where you will be working to make sure you complete
the necessary steps to become licensed.
For states that require licensing, you may be expected to:
- Complete a pre-licensing course that may include
- A set number of credit hours and/or
- Live training
- Conduct supervised or unsupervised inspections
- Become part of a trade organization
- Pass a state or national exam
- Obtain liability insurance
After fulfilling all of the pre-requisites you can apply
through the regulatory department of your state that oversees home inspections.
For states that do not require licensing, it usually
recommended that inspectors have a certification to show that they have formal
training and education. This is to the benefit of the inspector because it
provides credibility for you and your business.
What’s the Next Step?
Now that you are licensed and certified you can go inspect
homes, right? Before you go ahead and start your inspections, you want to make
sure that you are well-equipped for the job. Being prepared may include many
things such as:
- Designing and creating your business
- Design a website
- Design marketing materials such as pamphlets,
business cards, and more
- Set up your corporation (LLC)
- Have all the right tools
- There are a variety of tools that you will need
to conduct a home inspection. Make sure you have everything you need to perform
your job well!
Once you think you are fully prepared, go out and start home
Your home inspection journey doesn’t end with you just completing
home inspections. You should always be looking out for ways to improve your
business and marketing strategy to stay competitive. Part of this includes
completing continuing education in order to renew your license. If you live in
a state that regulates home inspection, there may be specific requirements for continuing
education that you must complete. Make sure you know these requirements to keep
your license active!
Besides continuing education, there are other things that
you can do such as:
- Joining a chapter
- Attend home inspection events
- Network with other inspectors
Your business is what you put into it, so stay proactive and
continuously strive to make yourself better!
As a member of InterNACHI you are provided a wealth of
resources to start and grow your home inspection business. Take advantage of
these opportunities and don’t let them go to waste!
Explore our Marketing Department: https://marketing.nachi.org
Find the right inspection tool for you: https://www.inspectoroutlet.com
Connect with other InterNACHI members: https://www.nachi.org/forum