about_Home BlackThe businesses of selling homes and inspecting homes share certain qualities. If you’ve ever wondered what it would take to become an inspector, here’s your answer.

This is an excerpt from 21 Things Every Home Inspector Should Know.

You may already have an inkling that the home inspection business might be complicated and require some expertise, and that you probably will need to continue educating yourself if you want to continue to succeed. We’re here to help you get an idea of the minimum you will need to know to get started in the home inspection business, without harming yourself or anyone else.

A hint here: Prior experience in the construction industry is not a requirement for success. Home inspection is evolving rapidly beyond the days when a guy in dirty coveralls would arrive in a pickup truck between stops at construction sites to poke around a house for a while, mumble a few things, and then hand over a scrap of paper with a few notes scribbled on it.

Today’s computer-sophisticated home buyers expect a professional appearance, a professional inspection, and a professional report (and don’t much care whether their inspector is male or female). The key word is professional.

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