@ssadeghi Here are a few tips that have worked well for me:
Try to find another company over an hour away from you that you can shadow or work for. Focus on companies outside of reasonable driving distance from you so they don’t view you as a competitor. Offer value in some way, such as being the taxi service for the inspector and/or doing the grunt work at inspections. In my case, I worked as a subcontractor under another company for about 30 inspections while I was still building the pipeline for my own business. It was a win-win for me, as I was being paid to learn.
We have incredible reporting software available to us now. I spent a ton of time building and rebuilding my report structure and narratives, which act as a huge checklist for me while I am inspecting. Your report software will help you avoid missing things, and if you take the time to build up a decent library of narratives in the report, you don’t have to worry about what to write when you find a defect. Just tap the narrative, take a photo, and keep moving. There are free narrative libraries on the forum and seasoned inspectors such as Kenton Shepard who will sell you their decades of knowledge (click the link) in a pre-formatted template for a bargain.
Even after you pass your licensing and certification exams, continue to utilize the wealth of knowledge available to you for free as an InterNACHI member in the continuing education courses. I have personally completed over 100 hours of them this year and plan to do many more before the year ends. They really help to fill in gaps and help you understand how everything works together.
Personally, I wouldn’t bother with all of the Word documents. Just keep allowing yourself opportunities to learn more through studying and experience.
Also, remember we are generalists. You don’t need to provide specialist knowledge in your narratives. It is great if you can, but better to keep your statements generalized if you don’t know exactly what you’re talking about. The average consumer usually appreciates layman’s terms anyway. For example:
“Deteriorated caulking was observed around window and door trim, which will allow for moisture intrusion. I recommend correction by a qualified contractor.”