Career as a home inspector

Purchasing a home is a major decision, especially for those who are looking to make their first purchase. For many of us, this may be one of the most important assets owned to date. On top of that, since most people are not very well-versed in real estate, they may overlook certain details that can cause issues following the completion of a sale. As a result, purchasers require assistance in obtaining all the information on the property they can get in order to make the most informed decision.
Home inspectors are consultants who look through all the physical features of the property from hairline cracks in the walls, to the electrical and plumbing systems to the major appliances to ensure everything is in working order or if there are issues, they are accounted for in the documentation for the purchaser to review prior to completing the sale. In short, this is one service that purchasers cannot go without in the process of buying a home.
If you are looking for an office job, this is definitely not the path that you should pursue. Since home inspectors are required to physically look at the features of a house or building unit, they spend most of their days on-site. In addition to having a keen eye for details (in order to spot a crack in the wall or a water stain on the ceiling), they should also be well-versed in the city’s residential building codes, to make sure that the property is structurally sound and complied with the regulations. Furthermore, as part of their services, home inspectors are required to provide a complete and detailed report of their findings to their clients – the home purchasers – communication, in particular, written skills are critical to the success of their jobs.
According to the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, the employment outlook for home inspectors (who are also categorized as construction and building inspectors) is fairly positive. This profession is predicted to grow at a rate of 12% between 2012 and 2022.1 Home inspectors are in greater demand in cities and municipalities which have a higher rate of real estate transactions.
While a formal college education is not required, home inspectors have to undergo specialized training offered by their local home inspectors association before obtaining a certification or license to practice.
A career as a home inspector would be a great option for students who prefer to work with their hands rather than spending their day in an office. While this job may not require excellence in academics, students should be prepared to spend time after high school to enroll in job specific training. Most home inspectors work in a firm but they also have the option of opening their own business.
For more information on the career path to become a home inspector, please contact your career counselor or visit your local home inspectors association.
1. Construction and building inspectors. US Bureau of Labor Statistics. US Department of Labor.

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