How to Become a Home Inspector
If you hate being tied to a desk job but want to pursue a lucrative career on the field inspecting homes,
you might want to consider being a home inspector. This is the career for those who are interested in
construction, possess a technical and analytical mind, have the initiative to get things done and the penchant
for thoroughness and detail.
However, you don't become a home inspector overnight. You need to follow certain steps to make sure that
you really want to be in this industry for the long haul. One of the first things you want to do is do a self-
check of your abilities, interests and wants. Do you love construction and anything and everything to do with
buildings, houses and other structures? Do you want to work in the field anytime of the day and even on
weekends? Do you feel comfortable giving professional advice to diverse clients? If you answered yes to these
questions, then you have the qualities that match what a home inspector is made of.
Once you know that you are home inspector material, the next thing that you have to do is get equipped
with all the necessary knowledge and skills. You can still be hired by potential employers if you have a high
school diploma or its equivalent although a course in engineering, architecture or home inspection is very
much desired. Community colleges usually have certificate or associate degree programs in home inspection
technology so you should check with the schools in your area if they offer such.
Another venue for education worth checking out is distance education and online training provided by some
home inspector organizations. For example, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) offers trainings
through their own ASHI School. They provide classroom instruction, actual inspections and even distance
education on home inspection.
After you have graduated from your studies, you can start looking for a job under an experienced home
inspector in the locality or state you want to specialize in. This is essential if you want to understand thoroughly
the actual field practice involved in a home inspection job.
However, your chances of promoting your credentials with an established real estate firm is greatly enhanced
if you take and pass a state licensure exam if it is required or get a certification by passing the National Home
Inspector Exam. After passing the exam, you should also apply to become a member of any of the nationally-
recognized or state-specific home inspector organizations. These include the American Society of Home
Inspectors (ASHI), American Association of Home Inspectors (AAHI), National Association of Home Inspectors,
Inc. (NAHI), just to name a few.
Aside from doing home inspections especially for prospective home buyers, you can also expand your expertise
to include termite, swimming pool, spa, septic tank and home maintenance inspections through continuing
education. You can also do radon, lead, asbestos and carbon monoxide testing. Once you feel that you are
ready to set out on your own, you can even open your own home inspection business and use your business
savvy to make it grow.
The road towards becoming a home inspector can be challenging at times. But if you get there, your sacrifices
will make it all worth it.
If you believe that you have what it takes to be a Home Inspector, then the first step is the Home Inspector Exam Study Guide that walks you through the entire Home Inspertor hiring process.
For more information, go to our page for the Home Inspector Exam Study Guide.