I recommend you get as much education on the inspection process as possible. And then if you find someone in your area that has the proper experience. And ask them if you can shadow them for a while…good luck
Good for you! I am going to make a suggestion that others may chew my butt over, but I don’t care. I’m not here to make friends. Just ask “The Meeker”!
DO NOT focus your attention on the Florida Inspectors section of this MB. Most all threads have to do with Wind Mits, Four Points, etc. Although an important part of Florida culture, they only scratch the surface of a true home inspection. Stay here too long, and you will become bitter and resentful from all the BS that gets slinged here.
Why do I read this section? Two reasons:
In theory, Wind Mitigation is relevant across the country. Florida does not have a monopoly on high winds, contrary to their belief. I bet you 99% of them have never been to the upper Midwest, where high winds can be constant for months on end, not just a few days. I follow the trends in construction and retrofits to help in my area dealing with hundreds of tornados every year. As for Four Points, we do them also, we just call them insurance inspections, or investor inspections.
I enjoy pushing the buttons of (faux) wanna-be real inspectors and out of work contractors. They just can’t seem to help themselves being so cocky and arrogent. It’s like shooting fish-in-a-barrel around here. Unfortunately, there are a few great inspectors here that get caught in the crossfire, but thankfully they know who they are, and understand what is what.
Study hard, and ask lots of questions. We really don’t mind. Just do us a favor… if it’s a really basic question… use the search feature first. We do get a bit tired answering the same question 150 times a year, every year, year after year!