Home inspecting can be a rewarding 1st or 2nd career, but what you imagine and the realities of of the job might be a lot different. There’s more to it besides ticking off line items on a report. Some of it is interesting. Some of it is boring. Some is tedious, and some parts are downright enjoyable.
There’s a lot to being a home inspector. And if you’ve got what it takes, ICA School has the training to help you get started.
Are You a Good Self Motivator?
One of the most important qualities of a home inspector is the ability to keep moving forward. You’re in charge of getting leads. You’ll set appointment. You’re the one who shows up at a home on time.
If you can motivate yourself to not just perform inspections but everything else that goes with the job, you’ve got a good portion of the requirements already under control. If not, you’ll need to work at staying on track.
Do You Mind Getting Dirty?
Home inspecting isn’t as dirty a job as construction, but you probably won’t wear a shirt a tie. Inspections require you to investigate a house top to bottom, including the crawlspace or basement, attic, and everything in between.
Most inspectors wear casual clothing that’s neat and well kept, such as khakis and a polo shirt or something similar. Any given day could find you with tar, grease, dirt, or cobwebs all over your clothing. It’s all part of the job, and every job is a little bit different.
Are You Comfortable with Technology?
Home inspections don’t require technology, but it sure does make them easier. Many home inspectors carry a tablet computer or laptop and create a digital inspection report as they go. That saves time, and also lets you add photos without developing film or printing photos from a home printer.
Customers are beginning to expect digital reports, too. So a certain comfort level with home inspection software helps you work efficiently and keep up with the latest trends in the industry.
Do You Have an Interest in Home Systems?
You don’t need a background in construction or any related field to become a great home inspector. Your training will teach you everything you need to get started, and you’ll keep learning for as long as you work in the industry. The important question is whether you care about inspecting homes.
A home has a lot of different elements, and all of them need an inspection. That means you’ll learn about roofs, siding, interiors, foundations, electrical systems, plumbing, HVAC, and many others. You’ll need at least some interest in what makes a home tick.
Can You Run a Business?
Inspections are one part of home inspecting, but the business side of the job covers a lot of tedious work. You’ll need some bookkeeping skills, and marketing doesn’t hurt, either. Taxes are another issue, and so is managing your appointment calendar.
ICA School gives you the basics for managing your business. If you have a knack for it, you’re ahead of the game. If not, you might want to enlist some help or devote some time to developing a good business plan that you can stick to.
For the right type of person, home inspecting makes a great career choice. There’s plenty of freedom, you’re your own boss, and you control how fast or slow your business grows. But it’s not for everyone.
If all of this sounds like something you want, ICA School can help you get there. Enroll now, and you could complete the course in as little as a few weeks. From there, the sky is the limit.