I have been lurking around here for about a month and have been able to learn a lot of the home inspection business because of the openness of this site. There is a lot of valuable information for aspiring home inspectors.
I have been looking at getting into the HI business for a while now and am just now getting serious about it. I do not currently work in any construction/contractor type of business but did for a while years ago. I am very handy and pretty knowledgeable about home construction, having had two homes built and following the building process. I feel I am a good candidate for this busniess. I am currently working full time and am hoping to be able to do this on the weekends to try and build a business before I lose my current position. I work in the Information Technology business and with all the offshoring and outsourcing going on that industry, there are no more guarentees. I know that trying to do this part time is not going to be easy but you have to start somewhere.
Anyway, I have been doing quite a bit of research on available home inspection training and want to get some input/opinions from the experts. I am trying to weigh the benefits of correspondence vs classroom training. There is a company here in the Atlanta area, Georgia Institute For Home Inspectors, that offers training on Saturdays for six weeks. This is nice because I work during the week. But the cost is $1900. From what I see, there instructors are experts in their appropriate fields. There are tons of home courses that are significantly cheaper and for all I know may be better. Plus, I can study at my liesure. I figure the savings from the home courses will allow me to purchase necessary equipment, etc to start my business.
I am looking for any input, pros/cons etc. from the best.
I was recently looking at the training from A Better School of Building Inspection (http://www.nachi.org/abetterschool.htm). Heck for under $1k, I can get their 4-point Residential Home Inspection training and their New Constructioni/Code course.
There are a lot of different home and online courses out there. Any experiences with any of them would be greatly appreciated.