I have been doing commercial loss control and lender inspections for 3 years now. These types of inspections are definitely not as involved as a home inspection. My surveys of buildings are basic such as checking amps on an electrical system, checking for overloaded or tripped circuit breakers, ascertaining type of heating and plumbing systems as well as the roof and age of all utilities, verifying water heater is strapped, type of construction, sprinkler system specs, etc.
I feel very confident in what I do and I am an entrepreneur. I posted in here a few years ago when I was just starting out, so was quite overwhelmed with all of the information I was given. Now that I have been in the industry for a few years I am ready to start my own home inspection business and work for myself instead of 'da man.
Where to go from here? First I need to get certified. I researched Allied a while back and they seemed very legitimate. I live in an urban area so I would like to be certified for condo/ TIC/ multi unit dwelling inspections as well as single family homes. I am looking for a course that will train me in all aspects of the business especially legality and contract writing. I am a very bright guy and have a professional demeanor. I am more about quality over quantity.
Hopefully this very basic discussion can start me on my path.
Oh, and what do you inspectors do to make your work “exciting?” How many hours do you spend on the computer typing up each report? I dread sitting at the computer for hours monotonously pecking away at the laptop.