Pennsylvania is unique, in that the state does not have formal licensing requirements for home inspectors. They do however, have a rule that you should be compliant with. That rule states that home inspectors must be a member of non-profit membership organization. Examples of these associations are ASHI, NAHI, and NACHI.
Steps to become a home inspector
- Register for the ICA Real Estate Inspection Certification Program. This will not only give you all the knowledge you’ll need to perform a home inspection and own/operate your own successful home inspection business, but you’ll also learn all about commercial inspections, as well as mold, radon, and code. Upon completion of the course you will be an ICA Certified Home Inspector and we will issue you a certification number, which you can use on your business cards and inspection reports.
- Join the American Society of Home Inspectors – all of our graduates get a complimentary one year membership to ASHI.
- Start your own business or go to work for an existing company!
Pennsylvania Home Inspection Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a home inspector in Pennsylvania?
As stated above, once you complete our course you have now become a certified home inspector. Upon completion of the course we mail out your home inspection certification and issue you your certification number. That number is what you’ll want to put on your business cards and home inspection reports. After that you just need to join one of the membership associations of home inspectors. At that point you’re ready to go!
How much money do home inspectors make?
The average salary for a home inspector in Pennsylvania is approximately $75,000 per year.
How much does a home inspection pay?
The average fee for a home inspection in Pennsylvania is $390. The amount you charge for a home inspection will vary based upon age and square footage of the home. We cover that all during the online home inspection course.
Is your training recognized by ASHI?
Yes. We work closely with the American Society of Home Inspectors. In fact we train you specifically to the ASHI standards of practice. Because our home inspection school is an ASHI Gold Affiliate, all of our graduates are eligible for a free one year associate membership with ASHI. After that, if you want to further your membership you can take and pass the National Home Inspectors Exam along with the ASHI standards and ethics exam.
Is your training recognized by NAHI?
Yes. In fact all of our graduates are eligible for a free 6 month membership with the National Association of Home Inspectors. To take advantage of that you just need to provide them with a copy of your certification from us along with two completed home inspection reports. Those can even be practice inspections. Also, to receive the free 6 month membership you must initiate that within 90 days of completing our online home inspection course.
Does Pennsylvania require continuing education for home inspectors?
No. Continuing education is not required for home inspectors in Pennsylvania.
Do you mail me a certification?
Yes. We mail out your home inspection certification out to you upon completion of our online course.
What should I use for my inspection report when I perform a home inspection?
We have an arrangement with www.homeinspectionform.com where our graduates receive a free copy of their Report Form Pro 2 home inspection reporting software. That is the report that most of our graduates start with since it is so easy to use. Normally selling for $400 the Report Form Pro 2 home inspection report can be printed and filled out by hand, or filled out on your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can even put in photos easily. They also have a mobile app version of their home inspection report that can be used on an android or apple mobile device. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you have a home inspection report form that you’re comfortable with and these are both good home inspection report options.
Does the online home inspection course for Pennsylvania have a time limit?
No. There is no time limit on our home inspection course so you can take as much time as you would like to complete it.
Do you provide a list of tools that I need for performing a home inspection?
Yes. We provide you with a list of tools needed. Total cost for the tools including your moisture meter and combustible gas detector comes out to roughly $200.
What about marketing materials?
We suggest using www.vistaprint.com for your business cards, brochures, and company website if you set one up. They are very affordable and even have templates specific to home inspection businesses.
Do you offer my state test?
There is no state exam for home inspectors in Pennsylvania.
Do you send my certificate to the board?
There is no home inspection board in Pennsylvania.
Can I start my own business after taking your online home inspection course?
Yes. In fact the majority of our graduates will start their own successful home inspection business after completing our course. We also train you on the whole marketing and business start-up side of things.
What if I have questions during the course?
We have full support for all students and graduates, both during and after the course. Even if you have questions when you are on a home inspection we can assist.
Do I need to be a home builder to be a home inspector?
No. We train students from all different backgrounds to be successful home inspectors in Pennsylvania. Being a good contractor does not necessarily make one a good home inspector.
It doesn’t matter whether you want to become a home inspector in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Lancaster, Allentown, York, Erie, Scranton, Gettysburg or Reading – our online home inspection course can be completed from anywhere.