Becoming a home inspector, tips and advice


Sorry in advance if this gets asked a lot, but I’m looking to join the home inspection field. I have no prior experience in any trades, and I am located in Iowa where licensing is not required. I’ve been looking at the internachi paid membership and was wondering if that’d be enough training for someone like me? Also, do most of your clients come from real estate agent referrals or do you do your own marketing? As I’ve heard real estate agent referrals are a conflict of interest. Thanks in advance!

After you take all the courses that InterNACHI offers, take this exam; and when yo can score in the 90s on all sections of the exam, then look for a mentor that will help you along.

Jacob, contact some CMIs or CPIs within 40 to 50 miles, or closer, to your area and communicate with them. Maybe one, or more, will help you. Some inspectors feel as though they are training their competition by ride-alongs or mentoring or hiring.

Here is the link for CMIs:

And the link for CPIs:

And Mentors:

Also, you may want to take advantage of your Education Team at for these specific type of questions.

P.S. Welcome to our forum. Enjoy!


take Bens master class

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Thank you both for the replies, they’re very helpful. @mtimpani Would you say Bens master class combined with the normal courses would be suffice if I don’t have experience in construction?

Bens focuses more on the business aspect. How to start and run a business. Its excellent, everything from 0% knowledge to 100% on how to run a business.

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Helpful hints for New Inspectors.pdf (230.1 KB)

Here’s some good tips if you decide to join the field, good luck!


Thank you all! Sorry for the repetitive questions.

Hey Jacob,
I can actually make a good argument for not having a background in the trades, the first being that you have no unconscious loyalties or pre-conceived notions that might hamper your judgement.
As far as cozying up to real estate agents goes, that’s really the only way I get business. I have gotten only ONE inspection without a real estate industry person referring me. I think it is unlikely that someone will just find you on the internet and hire you. Remember, real estate agents have been cultivating their relationship with the clients for weeks, months or years and 99% of their clients will hire whichever inspector their agent recommends.
Put your time and effort into meeting agents. Go to open houses, join local real estate associations and attend all the meetings you can. At least in my area, trying to get to the top of general internet searches is futile. Sure, clients do visit my website, but that’s often AFTER they have booked me. DO NOT fall for the empty promises of referral sites like HomeAdvisor or Yelp - in one month I spent well over a grand and got nothing for it. The “Leads” I received were dubious at best - for those of you in Yorba Linda, I’m implying that they send fake leads because that’s how you are charged.
Anyway, good luck and remember to be patient with yourself. It takes about two years to get on stable ground.

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@jholmes4 Thank you very much! That makes me a feel a lot better about not having any knowledge in the trades. Thanks for touching the subject on the real estate agents as well, good luck to you too!