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Joined: 11/26/2016 04:12 PM EST
Messages: 1

Hello forum!

I just finished the AHIT training and passed the National Home Inspectors Exam (Live in Atlanta - Georgia has no license requirements). I am looking for guidance on how to get started - specifically how to get direct field experience with other professional home inspectors. I know starting with another firm (maybe 1099 or even as an employee) would be the easiest but due to it being almost December, there doesnt appear to be a lot of interest. I was thinking of reaching out to local inspectors to see if they would be willing to take me on inspections in exchange for writing their report for them and submitting it back to them immediately afterward that day. Is that something a veteran home inspector would be interested in or think worthwhile? Any other suggestions??

If any of you veteran home inspectors have any suggested online readings, please let me know. I would love to find something on 1099 for companies, relationships and cuts between 1099s and other companies, or using your own LLC.

About me:
* 10 years experience as real property Portfolio/Project/Construction Manager
* MBA in finance & BA in Civil Engineering
* Experience from numerous home renovations

Thanks in advance.

Dirk Stephenson

This message was edited 3 times. Last update was at 11/26/2016 08:16 PM EST

Pop Tart

Joined: 10/19/2016 08:49 AM EDT
Messages: 25
Location: Rockford, MI

Congratulations on completing your training, Dirk. Welcome to the forum.

You seem to have plenty of job experience and education which should translate well into the home inspection industry.

1st Call Home Inspection, LLC
Rockford, Michigan
Rob Jude

Joined: 10/21/2015 04:37 PM EDT
Messages: 168
Location: Lafayette, IN

where are you located? most often you have to find inspectors outside of your coverage area to shadow as one wants to train their competition
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Michael Altizer

Joined: 10/31/2014 06:20 PM EDT
Messages: 1154

Rob Jude wrote:where are you located? most often you have to find inspectors outside of your coverage area to shadow as one wants to train their competition

Inspector Dirk Stephenson, resides in Atlanta, GA. (Hotlanta Baby).
Michael Altizer

Joined: 10/31/2014 06:20 PM EDT
Messages: 1154

Inspector Dirk Stephenson, welcome to the best home inspection forum out there.

• I was once in your shoes and I can tell you this: Don't ever give up!

• Some home inspectors are just plain set in their ways and for good reason. It was told to me like this: I have no problem training you, even though you're my competition. The problem is when I am out inspecting, my clients have my full attention. That's what they are paying me for.

I will try to post back with a name or two that might be willing to teach you. Go out of your way but don't get in the way, if you can relate. You seem like a smart man.

Always remember to stay safe because it's that 1 time you feel like you've done this a million times that something will happen.
Michael Altizer

Joined: 10/31/2014 06:20 PM EDT
Messages: 1154

Inspector Dirk Stephenson (this is what you call yourself from here on out), below is a list of inspectors that may help you get your field experience (ride along/ field inspection ... Who knows, you might just land a job):

1) John Badger 
(Certified Inspector)
Fidelity Home Inspections, LLC
3789 Harris Blvd
Kennesaw GA 30144

2) W. Scott Berlyoung 
(Certified Inspector)
Alpha Home Services
5535 Surrey Ct.
Alpharetta GA 30009

3) Michael W Collins-Smythe, ACI 
(Certified Inspector)
The Inspection Company of Georgia, Inc.
1345 Oakview Rd
Decatur GA 30030
Cellphone : 404-219-2766

4) Daniel R. Curl 
(Certified Inspector)
Comprehensive Home Inspections, Inc.
608 Lakeshore Drive
Atlanta GA 30307

5) Gary D. Edge 
(Certified Inspector)
AccuSpect Home Inspection, Inc.
2755 Old Church Rd
Cumming GA 30041

6) Mark H. Evans 
(Certified Inspector)
Evans Home Inspections LLC
PO Box 23
Hinesville GA 31310
912 876 6555

7) Jorge "George" I Font, ACI 
(Certified Inspector)
Athenia Home Inspectors LLC
PO Box 3644
Alpharetta GA 30023
Cellphone : 404-447-4677
Fax : 800-503-9952

Michael J. Frost 
(Certified Inspector)
Frost Home Inspection
1481 Fairview Rd.
Stockbridge GA 30281

9) Andy Linn 
(Certified Inspector)
Inside-Out Homecare, LLC
700 Newport Hollow
Alpharetta GA 30005

10) Jeff Luther 
(Certified Inspector)
Home Probe, Inc.
315 West Ponce de Leon Avenue
Suite 480
Decatur GA 30030-2489

11) Marlon Page ACI
(Certified Inspector)
Home Inspection Providers, LLC
2625 Piedmont Rd. #245
Atlanta GA 30324
Fax : 404-420-2193

12) Jeff Pope 
(Retired Member) Probably not performing inspections any more but may give you some valuable advice.
Jeff Pope Home Inspections, Inc.
7045 Oakcreek Trace
Cumming GA 30041

13) Bruce Ramsey, ACI 
(Certified Inspector)
US Inspect
900 Old Roswell Lakes Parkway
Suite 310
Roswell GA 30076

14) Leo Velichkovsky 
(Certified Inspector)
Residential Building Assessments
225 Shadowledge Ln
Roswell GA 30076-3667

Guidance on how to get started:

• Be respectful of the Inspector before, during and after the inspection.

• Be careful not to damage anything during the inspection and being respectful and polite to the client and buyer/seller before, during and after the inspection.

• Be on time, dressed appropriately and prepared with the basic knowledge of home inspection and the appropriate tools, equipment, including a method for creating an inspection report.

• Completing a full and complete home inspection conducted to the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics and providing this report to the Inspector, who is your Inspection Guide and Mentor.

• Receiving the feedback and comments from your Inspection Guide and incorporating these changes into your report. You, not your Guide, are responsible for maintaining the file on this inspection.

Before the Inspection…

• Agree on a meeting time with the Inspector – Find out when he/she would like you to meet him/her and be on time. The inspection may take two or more hours. Please make yourself available to participate in the full and complete inspection from beginning to end.

• Agree on a meeting location with the Inspector – Find out exactly where to meet the Inspector, making sure to observe parking rules at that location.

• Understand the dress code – Some inspectors’ companies have dress codes. Make every attempt to “fit in” with the inspector. If no dress code is required, remember to dress professionally.

• Know what tools and equipment are needed – There is a basic set of tools needed to conduct a thorough home inspection.

• Review the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics –
Be able to use your inspection reporting program/system – Because you will be completing a full home inspection conducted to the Standards of Practice, you will need to have a method of reporting what you have observed during your inspection.

• Ask about the fee – Some Inspectors charge a fee for conducting inspection training. Find out from the Inspector you are working with if you will be required to pay for the training.

• Understand your liability –
Know when your report review will be completed – Know before you go on the inspection when you will provide your completed report to the Inspector and when he/she will return it to you with comments.

On the Day of the Inspection…

• Know your role – Understand the role the Inspector would like you to play in the inspection. Remember that the Inspector should be the primary contact with his/her clients. If you discover something that you find unusual or alarming, bring it to the attention of the inspector, not the client, or wait until after the inspection to ask about it. By limiting your contact with the client (seller/buyer), you will be less likely to disrupt the inspection.

• Be professional and polite – The Inspector may introduce you to those present at the inspection, so be ready to greet them warmly and professionally. Take special care in the home to be respectful of the furnishings and the property.

• Keep your promises to the Inspector – Your Guide is investing time in helping. Be sure to complete a comprehensive inspection report, and provide it to the Inspector as promised.

After the Inspection…

• Thank those who need to be thanked – Thank the Inspector who agreed to allow you to accompany him/her on the inspection.

Keep track of your Inspections –

• Wrap up any loose ends – From completion of the report review to filing of paperwork, treat the Inspection as professionally as you would any inspection. Remember, the client (buyer/seller) is still connected to the Inspector, so it is advisable not to contact these individuals as part of your marketing.

I hope this helps,

This message was edited 2 times. Last update was at 11/30/2016 02:46 PM EST

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