Originally Posted By: hjeffrey
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I have been doing inspections for some time and have yet to come across the person who questioned my capabilities, at least to my face. If there were any doubts, they were soon removed and the client was satisfied that they were getting a thorough inspection.
At times however, it can be a little intimidating when you are the only female in the company of 4 or more adult males. But, once you get into the swing of the inspection, that disappears and everyone ends up getting treated as an equal.
In most cases, it is usually the woman who decides which house is being purchased. Another female, let alone one who is an inspector, tends to be perceived as readily attuned to the needs of the woman and her family, with respect to the home in question. There is no doubt that it is the expectation of most people that their home inspector should be a male and when a female shows up, it throws them off. The perception now is that the inspection will not be as good.
As with any line of work, there are good days & not-so-good days, ups & downs along with pros & cons. I have found that this industry offers all kinds of opportunities, challenges , variety, not to mention the people interaction. This is a lifestyle and therefore, because I enjoy what I do, it isn't work.
With that being said, I have crossed over from doing inspections, other than the ones I choose to do, to providing training in this industry. What started as local-based training has now taken to the road, with no end in sight.
It isn't the gender that counts. It's the knowledge and the ability to impart that knowledge to all concerned that really counts!
As NIKE promotes........"Just do it!" ![icon_biggrin.gif](upload://iKNGSw3qcRIEmXySa8gItY6Gczg.gif)
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