A friend of my nephews recently went through a 2 week class in the Kansas City area. My nephews friend is an engineer. He told my nephew that he was overwhelmed with how many things a home inspector checks that he had never thought about. He said the class was small (only 8 people) but had trainees from all over (Maine, Arkansas, California, Florida, Idaho, etc).
My nephews buddy told us that the class had 2 women & 6 men. He said the other trainees included a builder, a remodeler, a Phd college instructor, a lady code inspector for some city, another home inspectors son, etc. The head instructor’s name was Dan Bowers and I think they said he’s been real active in home inspections and lots of associations for over 25 years.
My nephews friend was very complimentary about this school. He said they didn’t BS people and didn’t put up with BS, and were very much to the point on things. He said they didn’t try to snow everybody and tell them what an easy way to make a living this was but actually told them before he signed up and several times during the class that many new inspectors wouldn’t make it out there. During the 2 weeks he was in class he went on several inspections with veteran inspectors and got to see things done from different perspectives. He also indicated that the instructors talked about the 3 major home inspector associations and didn’t try to convince them that only one was any good. He said he was exposed to all kinds of reporting systems (checklists, computerized reports, etc) and told the strong and weak points of each. HE was real pleased he had gone to the class & got hands-on.
Now my Questions:
My nephew and I are thinking about getting into inspections as a team. I’ve seen a lot of classes advertised that are 2-3 day classes; or some home correspondence courses. What do you all think of classroom vs online?
Is 2-3 days adequate or should we look at 1-2 week classes? We don’t have licensing to worry about yet in our area.
Would we be better attending a training school where the instructors have all been very active field inspectors for over 15 years like my nephews friend did, or go to one of the large scale franchise type schools where many of the inspectors have only been out there 1-3 years but are more techie (they’ve come from backgrounds as computer or software techs, etc)?
My nephew was a framer and I used to be an appraiser.
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