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How Can I Become a Home Inspector?

Written by Nicole Krempasky on Monday, 07 December 2020. Posted in Career

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Home inspection is a process that most houses must undergo before being purchased. During a home inspection, a house is examined to make sure it’s structurally sound and up to code. This can involve looking for signs of mold, radon, insect infestations such as termites, and other problems that cause significant damage to the condition of the home. Because of these potentially damaging problems, the sale of the house is often dependent on whether or not it passes the inspection. But not just any contractor can perform this duty; a qualified home inspector must be hired to give an official report of the findings.

What does a home inspector do?

A home inspector’s job is to look for signs of damage before the final sale of a house. This involves a non-invasive examination of the home including a roof evaluation, inspecting the foundation, looking for signs of water damage or moisture, evaluating the ventilation, and other aspects that make a space livable and safe. The inspector then writes a report with his or her findings. The inspection report only delivers an assessment of the current condition of the home; it doesn’t involve recommendations or any promises as to what may be expected in the future.

What education is required to become a home inspector?

Home inspectors must be familiar with the many systems involved in what makes a house a sound structure. They understand carpentry, plumbing, electrical work, air filtration, and masonry. While this knowledge of general contracting is necessary to become a home inspector, many states require a license, too. So, a career diploma in Home Inspection from Ashworth College can be a great way to help gain the qualifications needed to start your home inspection career. With classes completely online, you can continue your hands-on training or work in the construction field while studying at your own pace and where it’s convenient for you. In addition to the basics of the inspection process, you’ll also review the math and science concepts used by building professionals and how new technologies are applied in construction, helping to prepare you for state licensing exams which do vary from state to state.

How much can I earn as a home inspector?

Since home inspection is important for the sale of a home, the field continues to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, an increasing desire to improve construction quality is also creating job growth in the field. On average home inspectors earned $61,640 last year, making it a financially desirable field to enter.

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