Originally Posted By: Karyn Maguire
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Hi all…new to this board. I’m a Realtor, which is another name for broke inbetween sales I am thinking about becoming a female,( well, already there inspector. I have seen the literature from ITA, it seems the most comprehensive for someone that knows only a little here and there. But I am looking to start my own business, not work for someone else and not work at this full-time. I just need a couple of inspections a week to keep me alive. Here’s my question: how dangerous is this work? I read things about electrical safety and panels exploding and I’m scared of wiring as it is. I’d want to turn the main off before I removed ANY panel and always use caution. I had an electrician work in my home without turning the power off. I found this out only AFTER he did the job. When I asked him, he said he was comfortable with it. I was NOT! Can you wear special shoes or use special tools to minimize the risks?
My other fear is roofs. I don't know how carefully the roof has to be inspected. I just know that some are pretty steep and scary. I thnk I would not choose to inspect houses with crawl spaces but attics too are places where animals can get in i.e. rats etc. and I'd like to know what you do to protect yourself from something like that. I mean, it's one thing to see one, quite another for it to bite you if you are crawling around up there and put your hand in the wrong place.
As for start up costs....I was thinking them to be pretty cheap, ladder, testers, truck, tools. Someone wrote that it would cost up to 20 thousand dollars. That can't be true, can it? I need any info you can give. I don't want to waste my grocery money doing something like this to find that I can't be happy or afford to do it. Thanks guys!!!