Originally Posted By: Susan
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Being a woman inspector I just had to post my thoughts. Just to give you some "food for thought".
Three years ago I was very, very new to the inspection field. I was driving my youngest to Kindergarten and as I drove down my street I saw a pick up truck with a magnetic sign on it (a national HI franchise). Seeing as it was a well known inspector from the area and I was curious to meet him, I stopped my car and asked him if he was the home inspector. He immediately reached in his shirt pocket and asked me if I needed a home inspection. (He gave me one of his business cards).
"Actually, I'm looking for a job", I said. The look on his face was that of surprise. He stated that he had been wanting to hire a female HI for a couple of years as he believes that there is a demand for it. (Female real estate agents was the reason he gave me). Anyway, for various reasons I never got the chance to work for him. We managed to stay in touch through the last several years and he calls me when he is overbooked to help him out.
I pursued building inspection (to strengthen my HI skills) and to make a somewhat long story short, the same inspector now pays me to teach him things about new construction and code related things!!! And just for the record, he has been a HI for about 15 years and a "member" of a national HI org.
If there's a passion for the profession, it doesn't matter if you hire a female or male....
I say give her a try. There are a lot of men that hate spiders, webs, opening electrical panels etc. It's all part of the job and we all know those obstacles can be overcome if you enjoy what you do......