Is Home Inspection a good career field? Is it hard to get jobs as a Home Inspector?

Question by Randall M: Is Home Inspection a good career field? Is it hard to get jobs as a Home Inspector?
I’m thinking of taking a Home Inspection course with American Home Inspection Training but not sure if it’s a lucrative career goal or not. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

Best answer:

Answer by Gypsy Girl
Instead of asking people who are just a clueless as you are, why don’t you look it up in the Occupational Outlook Handbook? A google search will give you the correct website. You can find all the information you need there.

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2 Responses to Is Home Inspection a good career field? Is it hard to get jobs as a Home Inspector?

  1. puka says:

    Good question. There is usually plenty of home inspectors (big city or a small town). I don’t know how much you know about the job itself or how you even get the “clients”. Some home inspectors have other jobs as well. Mortgage brokers, lawyers, realtor’s, mortgage banks all deal on a regular basis with home inspectors. Typically let’s say a mortgage broker has a client who wants to refinance their home. A mortgage broker usually contacts the “inspectors office” and orders a home inspection. The mortgage broker has a list of their “favorites” so to speak and rarely go with someone new. Unless you come highly recommended from someone they know. I suggest you get involved with networking with your local businesses, like the Chamber of Commerce. That will plug you into the social circle and get you the right contacts. You’ll definitely need promotional material and I suggest you think about what you can do to separate yourself from the other Home Inspectors so that you really stand out and get tons of referrals and business. Another thing to keep in mind is the housing market. It’s not what it used to be a few years ago when the interest rate was at an all time low and they’re were more homes to inspect than there were inspectors. So now in some area’s there are too many inspectors.
    Another thing…as far as trying to get someones business…NEVER just walk into an establishment to talk to the “boss” or “manager” without an appointment. You have no idea how offensive that is. Remember, they have people constantly demanding their time and attention for sale pitches or wanting their business for one thing or another. So if you simply can’t make an appointment I suggest you either tell them you would like to take the boss and/or manager out to lunch (somewhere nice and professional, not TGI Fridays) and get to know them…build a professional relationship. (Or, you can mail them your promotional material…which most likely will end in the trash before it reaches the bosses desk.) But if you do something unique like give them ONE free home inspection for first time businesses (just a one time thing)… how can they turn that down? It will cost you up front but in the long run it will pay off. Also, keep a really good record of who pays you and who is outstanding. For example, you will receive a check once a month from a Banc (it’s spelled with a “C” because they don’t carry cash). Well I could go on but I think this is enough thoughts for the day. 🙂 Hope this helps!

  2. ZinaRae says:

    Not with the housing market in this condition. It can be a good career, but you need a background in construction to make your claim look legitimate to perspective companies. No experience in the building trade, and who is going to hire you? Just becasue you “pass a class” it doesn’t give you any practical experience. If you’re will to work for someone after graduation, then you will gather experience, but you’re pay will be less than what you expect.