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grumpyoldman
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Retired military, and another 20 as an IT person has me looking at my next career, and home inspection is something I feel passionate about. I've no real construction or real-estate experience, but neither have a good many "real estate professionals" I've met over the years. I have owned a few houses, and have had the gamut of home inspectors. The home inspector is really the only person in a real-estate transaction who works for the buyer, and has (or should have) the buyer's best interest at heart. The home inspector gets paid whether or not an offer gets made, or a deal gets closed, so the inspection should not be biased. I suppose if an inspector relies upon real-estate agents referrals as his or her sole marketing method, an inspection could be biased.

I am biased toward the buyer as I've had good and bad inspections. Fortunately, my first inspector was very much a buyer-centric person, and impressed me by giving me more food for thought than any "buyer's agent".

My market analysis reveals a slow but steady turnover of existing houses, and sporadic new construction periods in the area I woudl consider servicing. I think there is room for a new guy.

My marketing strategy is a bit vague yet. Upon what do existing inspectors rely? I don't think realtor referrals are a great way to go for a future inspector who plans on thoroughness and brutal honesty.

Training and certification might be difficult. Sure, there are online courses, and 20 years in IT has told me I can be absolutely clueless on a given area yet get a certification with enough focused study. Then for practical experience, what motivation would an existing inspector have to help a future competitor?

Test equipment and supplies can be quite costly - I understand that.

Inspecting an occupied house can make an inspection nearly worthless in certain areas. Even as a perspective buyer, I've encountered homes with windows and closet doors blocked by the occupants' possessions. Moving belongings and furniture can really get you into trouble. I get that.

What other questions should I be asking of myself before I start down this road?

Thank you in advance.
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I would recommend taking an online class about inspections and look up your state requirements if any. By the end of the training you will likely get an idea of if you want to do it and how much work you want to do. It is a great field to work in however it isn't as simple as it looks. Understanding the liability of inspections and what you need to do is really important. It doesn't necessarily take a construction or architectural background but having an understanding of the components and what is involved will definitely help. nachi.org costs about 500 a year but they have a month to month option with a bunch of training. I would recommend starting there.

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