How Can I Specialize as a Home Inspector?

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Your home inspection career could really take off with a specialty.

Home inspections were developed to help prospective home buyers make that purchase, or not, with more confidence. Where a property is in great shape, the inspector can show his results that explain why. And if there are problems, the inspection report shows that, too. But specialists are a bit different, and that’s an option that you might want to pursue.

Specializing, almost by definition, requires a special area of need. So you wouldn’t specialize in walls or floors as those are covered in a standard inspection. What you need is an area that’s relatively underserved, and it’s up to you to discover it.

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Home inspectors with a specialty fill a need that’s not met by a typical inspection.

Why Specialization is Possible

While a home inspection covers most of the critical components of a piece of real estate, it doesn’t cover everything. For example, many homes don’t have swimming pools. So it’s more efficient to devote training to other aspects of property instead.

But then again, some homes do have swimming pools, and they need inspections, too. You can see how this situation creates a niche area where inspectors can specialize. You might not earn a fortune as a swimming pool inspector in Michigan, but in south Florida, it might be a very smart career move. And there are more than just swimming pools to think about.

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A specialty puts you in higher demand.

Areas Where Home Inspectors Can Specialize

Home inspection specialists follow the trends and needs of the areas they service. Although some of these items would show up on a standard home inspection report, an in-depth inspection is generally not covered. Here are a few areas where there’s an available niche:

  • Mold
  • Termites
  • Swimming pools and spas
  • Wells and septic systems
  • Lead and asbestos
  • Carbon monoxide
  • Radon

This is by no means all-inclusive. Any concern that home owners have about their property is a potential niche for a home inspection specialty. Where there’s a need, you can provide a solution. And where there’s a solution, you’ve carved out a custom, valuable business with little competition.

How to Become a Specialist

ICA provides the training you need to take your exam and become a licensed inspector. That’s the first step. Although the standard material doesn’t comprehensively cover topics such as mold and radon, we give you access to e-books and online reference materials that you can use at any time to enhance your education.

You can also get more training in niche areas through organizations such as InterNACHI, which offers continuing education courses such as the 16-hour Radon Measurement Service Provider course, Advanced Mold Inspection Training, Wood-Destroying Organism Inspections, and even a course in inspecting log homes. There are certainly parts of the country where that niche would be valuable.

Capitalizing on a niche market is the dream of many business people, regardless of their business. Where there’s a specialized need and only few people who can fulfill it, there is good business.

You can carve out your own niche, but first you’ll need your fundamental training. And that’s what ICA can do. We offer the most complete home inspection training course available today, so all you need to do is make the decision to enroll now.

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