Originally Posted By: Scott Spradlin
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I'm new to the board and am looking forward to learning a lot here.
I have a few questions regarding the home inspection business and would appreciate any feedback.
I am currently a Project Manager and Project Design Engineer. I have ten years of mechanical design experience with heavy duty electro-mechanical equipment. I also have some structural steel background.
I have come to a point in my career where the realization has hit that mechanical engineering is no longer a marketable career. I have been recently considering a career change and much interest in the home inspection business. I am fairly knowledgeable with some home design and technically oriented. During my tenure as a mechanical engineer, I have been subjected to many phases, including electrical design and basic NEC codes and NEMA ratings as well as field equipment installations and basic construction knowledge, but not in the residential of commercial markets. I also inspected my own home during the construction process on a daily basis over a 11 month period and became intimately involved after a bulldozer hit my block foundation causing several cracks and a bow in my basement wall. I wrote technical letters to the builder after hiring a lawyer. I know all this hardly makes me an expert, but every life experience helps to gain more knowledge. I know it takes years of experience to learn this profession, like any other.
I live in Central Ohio and have researched both online courses and a 40- hour course offered at Hondros College. Any other options?
I have the following questions:
1. Are regulatory requirements becomming more strict?
2. What is the best way to get started as an independent inspector?
3. What is the most effective route to get into the field (education)?
4. Would someone with ten years of Mechanical Engineering background be looked at favorably by industry peers?...potential customers?
5. What certifications, memberships are most desirable?
6. What insurance requirements are required?...type, amount of protection, typical cost?
7. What other costs are involved beyond basic inspection tools?
Thanks in advance for any comments/advice!