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How to Become a Home Inspector

How to Become a Home Inspector

Posted by: Kaplan Real Estate Education
Updated: January 29, 2019 


Are you thinking of starting your own home inspection business but aren't sure how to get started? When entering a new profession, there are a number of factors to consider. Questions like, what is it like to be a home inspector, is home inspection the right career choice for you, what are the finacial opportunities in home inspection, etc. People enter the field of home inspection from a number of occupations and careers, but one question is consistently asked from someone at this stage, "what is the best way to get started as a home inspector?"

Plan for Success

Although your state may not have formal licensing requirements, home inspection takes a high level of knowledge and skills to enter this very specialized industry. To begin your  home inspection career with confidence, the first step is to complete a home inspector training program. In some states, home inspectors are licensed professionals who must pass a licensing exam after obtaining prelicensing education. Remember, these education requirements are minimum standards. If you want to succeed as an inspector, you should probably consider exceeding these requirements when it makes sense.

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Recognize What You Do Not Know Yet

Most people have some experience that they can leverage and have other areas they are less familiar with. Perhaps they were carpenters, but do not know plumbing very well. Or they know current electrical practices, but not the wiring schemes from 40 years ago. Also, if you have never been in business before, then you might need additional training in specialized areas such as business management, accounting, or public speaking.

Choose the Educational Path That Works for Your Current Situation

Some people want to learn as much as they can as quickly as they can. Others cannot take time off from their existing job. Fortunately, there are many options for home inspection training courses, from hands-on classroom classes to online and on-demand courses.

To learn more about becoming a home inspector in your state, simply select your state from the list on the home inspection training landing page.