Originally Posted By: rray
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This is the only business where I am accepted as a Jack-of-all-trades. Many of my former companies hired me for something specific and then took advantage of me when they found out that I knew something about everything but everything about nothing.
I find home inspectors and Realtors to be very similar. Anyone can become a Realtor, and you'll find lots of various backgrounds. I know some former doctors, teachers, laborers, etc., who are now Realtors. Ditto home inspectors. They come from various backgrounds.
I would hire a construction laborer before I would hire a general contractor, though. It's a difference between "having done it" and "having scheduled it to be done."
The only thing I see where having a construction background might make a difference is in how long it takes to get up and running as a home inspector. As someone pointed out to me in a different thread on NACHI, I'm a "Humanist." I believe in the basic goodness, integrity, intelligence, etc., of mankind. If one has the interest and the desire, one can accomplish whatever one wants. If one is going to accomplish it under my purview, I prefer that they come from a non-real-estate-related industry.
Home inspections. . . .
One home at a time.