New Home Inspector Seeks Startup Advice

Jan 09 2014

The House Detective:  by Barry Stone, Certified Home Inspector

Dear Barry:  I just completed an 80-hour classroom course in home inspection. Now that I’ve got my certificate, I’m not sure what to do next. What do you suggest?  Randy

Dear Randy: Now that you’ve learned the basics of home inspection, your internship is about to begin. Home inspection is a learn-as-you-go business. The longer you do it, the more you learn and the more proficient you become as a home inspector. And no matter how long you do it, you never learn it all. The problem with the first few years in business is legal and financial liability for defects that you fail to report. Therefore, to spur the learning process, join a local chapter of ASHI or a recognized state association, and participate as much as possible in their educational programs. If possible, find an experienced home inspector who will let you ride along on a few inspections. This is one of the best ways to learn the ropes.

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  1. Don’t forget about the franchise opportunities that exist. Pillar To Post has helped hundreds of people get started in the home inspection industry over the last 20 years.

    As a past franchisee, I know that I couldn’t have ramped up my business as fast or been as successful as I was, without the support and marketing of the Pillar To Post system. Not to mention the value I received when selling my business due to the brand name.

  2. What???
    “Home inspection is a learn-as-you-go business.”
    This is certainly NOT true in States that require licensing.
    License requirements clearly specify the criteria to demonstrate competency as a home inspector.

    “The problem with the first few years in business is legal and financial liability for defects that you fail to report.”
    This is certainly NOT true in States that require licensing. The consumer has rights to file a complaint against the license holder no matter how few/many years they are in business.

    I suggest you advise Randy to find out the local laws and the jurisdiction of the Home Inspector in the areas he intends to do business as a Home Inspector. Comply with all the laws. Avoid misleading representations where a consumer might think you are the Building Inspector, Health Inspector, Wiring Inspector, etc.

    Isn’t there a saying like… there are old pilots and there are bold pilots yet there are no old and bold pilots.
    Be careful which home inspectors you choose as a mentor, if any.

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Barry StoneKnown today as "America's House Detective," Barry advises readers from coast to coast about home inspection and real estate disclosure, providing honest clarity, fresh wit, consumer protection, and even-handed fairness in his responses to real estate questions. Read more.

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