Women in the home inspecting industry? You bet! In a field that’s historically male, women are fast becoming much more than just a margin. And it’s about time.
Inspecting has a lot to offer, such as the chance to build your own business from the ground up. You can also work as little or as much as you like. So if you have a love of houses but thought that inspecting wasn’t a good career path for women, here are 4 reasons to think again.
#1: Home Inspecting is a Flexible Career
If you’re like a lot of Americans, being tied to a desk in an office is not exactly a dream job. Home inspecting is flexible and it frees you from the shackles of 9-to-5 office work.
According to CIO, flexibility is one of things women want most in a career. Home inspectors make their own schedules, so you can work when you want and take on as little or as much work as you like. How’s that for a work-life balance opportunity?
#2: No Prior Building Knowledge is Necessary
Just because many women lack experience in building, construction and related fields doesn’t mean they’re not good candidates. Although many men come to the industry from the construction trade, construction and inspecting are very different.
Home inspectors receive important training, such as ICA School’s online course, and many work with other inspectors or do “ride-along” apprenticeships. You’ll learn what you need to know from your coursework. And you’ll fine-turn your skills on the job, just like every other inspector.
#3: Women are Quickly Filling the Ranks
When inspector, Mary Anne Tonini, first started her career in home inspecting, she was one of very few. She told ASHI Reporter, “When the classes started, I was the only woman in a room of 22 men.” But she’s gaining more experience and growing her business every day.
Wendy McDowell, a new member of the American Society of Home Inspectors. She recently told ASHI Reporter magazine, “During many of my ride-alongs, I’ve noticed that it’s an advantage to be a woman. I can usually form an instant rapport with the client, especially if the client is a woman.”
#4: There’s a Niche Opportunity
It’s still a bit rare to see women in home inspecting, and that can be a good thing. Differences give you a competitive advantage, says digital marketing specialist, Trenton Greener at Moz consulting company.
Marketing can be difficult for home inspectors. It’s not exactly a flashy job. You don’t sell a product. And your customers aren’t likely to give repeat business for years. But being different gives you a built-in reason to stand out and carve a niche in your community.
#5: You Can Help Your Community
Another important element of a great job for women, says CIO, is the ability to make a difference. Home inspecting is a service to the community and to individual home buyers, sellers, real estate agents and even disaster relief efforts by FEMA.
A home inspection is all about information. It’s a snapshot of the home’s current condition with all of its defects exposed. That helps your customers make an informed choice, whether it’s to buy a house, make repairs or issue financial relief after a disaster.
Women shouldn’t be intimidated by the number of men in the home inspection industry. There’s no reason a woman can’t be just as successful. All of the training you’ll need to get started comes in your ICA School home inspection training program. And because it’s self-paced and online, you can work through the materials on your own schedule.
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