"One of the Best opportunities for the 90’s,"
says Entrepreneur Magazine about the rapidly growing field of home
"One of America's 50 Hottest Jobs"
is how Money
Magazine describes the profession.
But is it right for you?
Not everyone has what it takes in background or personality to make a
go of it as a home inspector. Our experience and market research demonstrate
that successful home inspectors have certain characteristics and skills in
common. Clearly, an interest in construction and knowing how things work will
make the work easier and more interesting. Yet equally, if not more important,
are people and communication skills. Once you've acquired the technical
knowledge, your business success will depend on your ability to effectively explain
your findings and to get along with all kinds of people.
You should also give
serious consideration to the physical demands of the profession. While you needn't be an
Olympian athlete, you will be required to climb ladders, crawl into small
spaces, and bend and twist in order to inspect hard-to-reach areas. One of the most
rewarding aspects of the home inspection profession is the fact that you are
always learning and discovering. There are new challenges and opportunities every day,
and you are not likely to get bored quickly.
There is also a growing number of inspection-related web sites on the
Internet that offer technical updates and the possibility of networking with
Are you the kind of person who:
has a technical mind and likes to figure things out
enjoys meeting and helping people
is organized and clear-thinking
hates sitting at a desk all day
is willing to learn
Then home inspection could be the right career choice for you.
You couldn't have picked a better time
to begin a career in home inspection. The profession is relatively young, and the home inspection market is not
saturated. Yet it has been around long enough to establish itself and secure a
promising future. Now is a time of unprecedented advancement and opportunity:
The real estate market is thriving
According to the National Association of Realtors, the last two years
have broken all previous records for home sales, and there are no signs of that
abating. People are feeling confident in a prosperous economy. The population is growing,
and new generations want their share of the dream of owning a home. Government
initiatives have spurred home purchases with lower rates and easier terms. Home buying
is definitely on the upswing.
Consumer demand is growing.
The consumer movement has spawned a new breed of savvy and demanding buyers, ones who want to know all they can about their prospective
purchases before they make their final decisions. Word of mouth and extensive
media publicity have also helped to raise the public's awareness of the benefits of
home inspections. Even the real estate industry, with the spread of property condition
disclosure laws, has played a role in increasing consumer demand. While the numbers are indeed growing, ASHI estimates that barely 60%
of the homes sold in the U.S. and Canada today are inspected prior to purchase.
This means that the market is still underserved, and that the remaining
growth potential is enormous. Capital investment and overhead to run a home inspection
business are minimal, which makes this a potentially lucrative small business
or transitional career for individuals who are prepared with the proper technical and
marketing skills. Sophisticated training and tools are now available.
Those who enter the home inspection profession today are able to
benefit from the experience and knowledge of a full generation of inspectors who went
before them. Professional training has improved dramatically, and an entire
sub-industry of equipment and service providers has developed to assist the inspector
in his or her work with everything from tools and testers to report writing and
office management software.
The field is expanding with new opportunities.
Home inspectors with talent and ambition can expand their business
services beyond residential inspection to include commercial inspections and expert
witness testimony, for example. Radon, lead-based paint, septic system, and indoor air
testing are just a few of the new environmental services that consumers are increasingly
requesting and which home inspectors can provide for additional fees. Now is the perfect time to take that first step towards a challenging
and rewarding new career in home inspection. Are you ready?