Big Sky Country is also big on opportunities for people entering the home inspection industry. Certainly, Montana boasts lots of gorgeous, wide-open and undeveloped space. However, the real estate market in Billings, alone, has well over 1,000 homes listed for sale in March 2017. That’s according to Realtor.com®.
What does that mean to you? There’s plenty of room to start and grow a productive home inspection business.
Here are 3 tips to help you along your way:
#1: Don’t Worry About Licensing (Yet)
Many states have licensing requirements for home inspectors. In Montana, the market is open and free, at least for now. There are no such regulations, although legislation has been a topic of conversation for years. As long as you know your stuff, you can go to work right away. The caveat, of course, is knowing your stuff.
The most experienced contractor, carpenter, plumber or electrician knows their way around the building and outfitting of a home. Defects, however, are another story. A builder can likely identify structural defects, but sussing out a stubborn and mysterious plumbing leak might prove to be a more difficult endeavor.
Without licensing, you’re free to plot your own course. That means you can take steps to stand out among other inspectors in your state.
#2: Expand Your Options with Education and Certification
Options are never a bad thing. That’s why studying a home inspection training course and earning your certification is such a smart idea for Montana residents. You aren’t required to train, so certification proves to real estate agents and prospective customers that you’ve gone the extra mile.
Certification also expands your potential work horizons across state lines. Both North Dakota and South Dakota require home inspectors to pass a home inspection exam. In SD, inspectors need a minimum of 40 hours of training before taking the exam.
Passing a home inspection training program fulfills pre-exam requirements and puts you on a path toward a multi-state home inspection career. If licensing becomes an issue later, certification means you won’t find yourself back at square one.
#3: Consider Joining a Home Inspector Association
Inspectors aren’t required to join a home inspector association, but it’s a smart idea. Association membership comes at a fee, but it offers in exchange a host of benefits to help you start and grow a thriving business. Some associations require a set number of home inspection education units before membership is accepted.
Montana home inspectors can join the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) or another association. At the national level, members have access to a wide range of benefits including informative conventions, regular meetings, networking opportunities and focused continuing education.
At the state level, associations can be a bit more competitive, since peer members share much of the same territory. Networking might be more of a challenge. But they offer informational materials and other benefits geared specifically to professionals in Montana.
If you’ve been itching to carve your niche by starting your own business or want to start a new career with an established home inspection company, this is a great time to begin. Spring is on its way, and that heralds the busiest season in real estate.
Why should you choose ICA School for education and certification? It’s simple. We offer instructor-led videos and comprehensive, instructor-led online training that’s packed with details. Additionally, we give students access to a wealth of resources, such as training in mold, radon and new technology such as drones for roof inspections.
All of this and more is available in a self-paced program that doesn’t cut into your usual routine. What are you waiting for? Enroll now and start your training right away.