Hi everyone I’m new here and I was looking for advice on getting started as a home inspector.
In high school I took half of a home inspection course for extra credit I ( I just graduated so this wasn’t 20 years ago or anything) and I really enjoyed it my dad is in construction so I know the basics of that. so far though I’ve been talking about starting my own business with my uncle.
What I’ve found so far is that in Michigan you don’t need and can’t get any licensing through the state and that there isn’t really any requirements for becoming a home inspector. So I’m thinking I would finish the course I took in high school because I can transfer my credits toward the course and get a discount on the price that should only take a month. I know some realtors and could get referrals from them I only need to work part time and don’t plan on needing to do more than 8 jobs a week which shouldn’t be to hard since I know guys that do 20+ jobs a week.
What I want to know is what you recommend for getting started? Any tips or ideas? Thanks for the help
Sounds like you are approaching this a bit miminalistic. Don’t look a the easy schooling and the minimums that you need to do this. The education you need for this career is never ending. You can’t just take a course, hang up your shingle and take off. It’s great to set your sights as high as you have, though it is not realistic. Get the education you need to perform a high quality inspection.
Think about the world of construction. There are contractors that use the building codes as the maximum that they will do, and contractors that use the codes as a starting point and go above and beyond that. There are agents out there that prefer the less thorough, “production line” inspectors that are just in it for the quick buck. If you desire to work with those realtors and perform inspections that way, I would say where you need to start is with a major amount of insurance and a great lawyer.
I have agents that were, and still are, friends before I started this adventure. While some are genuine and sincere about caring for the clients, some prefer an inspector that is less thorough. Needless to say, I do not receive much business from them. Sobeit. I will take the lesser of two evils. Fewer inspections, thorough inspections, knowing I have given a buyer all they need to know and sleeping at night without concern that one is going to bite me in the butt.
If you were to spend some time working as either a carpenter’s helper or apprentice, or a laborer in residential construction you will see homes built from start to finish, see renos, meet all the sub trades (electricians plumbers HVAC roofers etc. etc.) ask lots of questions, take Home Inspection courses, you will have a tremendous background for being a home inspector.
Given that you are about 20 years old (?) you will need lots of ammunition to overcome the perceived credibility of a guy your age doing home inspections.