Since this is my first post here, a proper introduction is probably in order.
Hi all, My name is Ivan and I live in Calgary, Alberta. I have 20 years of commercial and residential construction experience and am in need of a change. I have my own construction company and have had enough of babysitting top paid “Journeymen” that produce greenhorn quality work and fighting for money from people who want champagne on a beer budget.
Admittedly this is Alberta, and to say that things have changed over the last twenty years would be an understatement. Having said that, I have been doing quite a bit of soul searching and I figure home inspections would be right up my alley. I have a wide range of construction experience and have built 4 houses so I believe a solid foundation is already there.
The home inspection business appeals to me for so many reasons, some of which are the sense of satisfaction helping out a potential home owner, not having to chase sub-trades to complete work, getting paid before delivering a final product(ensuring payment) and being responsible only for myself to complete jobs.
Having said all of this, I have been researching different training programs for the last 4 months or so and I have decided that a short course along with some home study would probably work best for me. I have basically narrowed it down to 2 programs but I haven’t ruled out others. My short list is between Inspect4U and Inspection Time.
Does anyone have any experience with these trainers or first hand knowledge of their programs?
And a question for the more experienced inspectors, knowing what you do now, what would be your advice to a would-be inspector looking to get into the business seeking training advice?
Thanks in advance and sorry that in my first post I sound a little jaded, it’s been a bit of a rough week.