Hi, new member there (long-time lurker but first-time poster)!
I’ve been taking home inspection classes at a public college for the last year (560 hrs) and now just starting out. I’ve got insurances (E&O and general liability), made a little website and joined InterNACHI (Quebec chapter, thanks to Gilles and Tony).
Having another full-time job as an investigator (you know, like in “social skills”, “sense of observation” and “report writting”…!) with plenty of spare-time (I have 4 days off a week), I’m not in a hurry and won’t be the craigslist starving $300 inspector either. I know some argue that one’s better to take the plunge, quit everything else to do it full-time, even if it mean eating every other day, but I’ll do it at my own pace, 'cause I can.
I’m glad to be part of your community: what a incredible wealth of information! I thought the college classes were pretty completes, but I’m now digging through the required and additional courses and found they’re really detailed.
I’ve had my firsts few paid inspections in the last weeks and found it really rewarding, particularly one that I’ve done for a co-worker that prevented him from buying a real money-pit. He was litteraly in love with the house, before I found mold growing 4ft. high into the corners of the unfinished basement, previously-repaired foundations cracks that reopened, star-shaped cracks on the slab and signs of water-intrusion behind the stone cladding (water was seeping through the mortar, no weepholes, numerous cracks in the cladding, and so on).
So I simply want to introduce myself and hope to participate here. Please feel free to drop any comment or advice.
Thanks (and sorry if my written English may seems awkward, this isn’t my first-language).