Washington, DC is one of about 20 areas that still have not adopted licensing for home inspectors. In states that have licensing for home inspectors, real estate agents and your clients just want to see that you are licensed. In states that do not have licensing, real estate agents and your clients want to see that you have been trained and certified in home inspection. That’s where our program comes in.
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.
- Start your own business or go to work for an existing company!
DC Home Inspector Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become a home inspector in DC?
Once a student completes our online home inspection course they 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. At that point you’re ready to go! Our training is also approved in Virginia.
Does a home inspector need to get on the roof of the home?
No. Home inspectors should not go on the roof of the home. Per current standards of practice, the proper way to inspect a roof is to stand back and use binoculars. A few home inspectors have even started using small drones to inspect a roof, but that is not very common yet. Over ninety percent of home inspectors use the binocular technique for inspecting the roof of a home.
How much money do home inspectors make?
The average annual salary for a home inspector in DC is approximately $75,000 per year.
How much does a home inspection pay?
The average fee for a home inspection in DC is $440. The amount you charge for any given home inspection will vary based upon age and square footage of the home. As part of our course we teach you how to calculate a proper home inspection fee.
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 completing our online home inspection training course. 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 six 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 six month membership you must initiate that within 90 days of completing our online home inspection course.
Does DC require continuing education for home inspectors?
No. Continuing education is not required for home inspectors in DC.
Do you mail me a physical copy of my certification?
Yes. We mail out your home inspection certification out to you upon completion of our online course. We also mail out a laminated copy of your credentials that you can carry in your wallet.
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 $300 the Report Form Pro 2 home inspection report software 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 training course for DC have a time limit?
No. There is no time limit on our home inspector course so you can take as much time as you would like to complete it.
Do you provide students with a list of tools needed 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 about $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 home inspection test?
There is no state exam for home inspectors in DC.
Do you send my certificate to the board?
There is no home inspection licensing board in DC.
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 how to market yourself as a home inspector and how to set up your own inspection business.
Will I be able to do commercial inspections after taking this course?
Yes. You’ll be certified for both residential inspection and commercial inspection. On the commercial side of things we train you to the ASTM standards.
What if I have questions during the course?
We have full support for all students and graduates, both during and after the online home inspection course. Even if you have questions when you are on an actual live home inspection in the field we can assist via phone, text, or email.
Do I need to be a home builder or a contractor to be a home inspector?
Absolutely not. We train students from all different backgrounds to be successful home inspectors in DC. A contractor background can be helpful but is not necessary to become a home inspector.