Become licensed home inspector-Its easier than you think

What is a certified Home Inspector

Home inspectors are charged with the responsibility of identifying whether a home has any defects. This typically means that he or she must be fully aware of relevant local ordinances, such as frame construction, the electrical and plumbing systems, heating and cooling systems, and the condition of any other structures that are found on the property. The inspector is often called upon to conduct a real estate inspection when a home is up for sale.

Many home inspectors are self-employed contractors. Homeowners or potential home buyers who wish to confirm the structural soundness of a house and the functionality of its utility systems hire home inspectors.

Advantages of being a Certified Home Inspector

One benefit of being a home inspector is that you can be your own boss. You can build your own company, have employees or not, keep regular hours or not, and take a much or as little work as you want to manage. But on a more intangible level, there’s the importance of the services that inspectors provide.

Home inspection service is a visual inspection of the structural elements and systems which are accessible. This typically includes: 1. Foundation 2. Roofing 3. Exterior, walls, siding etc… 4. Porches and decks 5. Attic 6. Electrical systems 7. Plumbing systems 8. Interior 9. Doors and windows 10. Heating and air conditioning systems.

How long does it take?

Just how long does it take to become a home inspector? The answer might surprise you. The coursework necessary to work in the field can take just a few weeks, depending on your background, experience and current occupation. For many people, two or three months is all it takes to learn, train and start their own home inspecting business.

You don’t need an engineering degree or a plumbing license. You also don’t need to understand the difference between live load and dead load to identify a structural anomaly that makes a house unsafe. That’s what home inspection courses are for.

The relatively low startup costs associated with a new home inspection business are also appealing. Unlike many other professions, aspiring home inspectors don’t need to spend thousands on expensive certification programs. Those wondering how much it costs to become a home inspector will be pleasantly surprised to find that just $695 pays your tuition.

What is the average yearly income

The average home inspector salary in the U.S. is about $58,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( You’ll make about $450 bucks per inspection. You’ll earn about 28 bucks per hour. On average. Depending on what state you live in, you could make up to $91,000/PER YEAR.

6 Replies to “Become licensed home inspector-Its easier than you think”

  1. Many years ago, I thought about becoming a home inspector, but life got in the way. But now, after reading your blog, I can see the process has gotten easier. Back when I wanted to do this, it was one-year training, but now only three to four months. I will look into it again. 

  2. 2 to 3 months seems like a decent duration to complete a course. My cousin brother may be interested in this field. I have a few questions though; 

    1/ Can you take the course through an online program? 

    2/ Can someone work on this as a part-time job while studying full-time? Is there a minimum age requirement? 

    Thank you

  3. The Home Inspector Certificate is a great asset to have, This is like being a Real Estate Realtor where you study for few months or weeks to obtain your license to sell, rent, or buy homes. And yes, the cost are close to be the same are a bit higher.

    Being an Entrepreneur, any one or multiple certificates of these kind are very helpful in today’s market. Money can be handsomely made having a certificate/license in these businesses.

  4. My wife and I always use a “Certified Home Inspector” to help us make a decision about a house.  It’s part of the “Subjects” that need to be removed and is a common practise where we live.  We were about to find someone with a few years of experience and were very satisfied with their work.

    It’s especially important to have these inspections done if one is buying an older home that has the potential of having asbestos or Poly-b water pipes or even just cracks in the foundation.  These are just some of the things that one needs to know upfront and could probably negotiate a lower price to cover the cost of replacement or repair.

    Better to be aware of issues like these rather than find out about them after one purchases the house.

    Just one question.  Do “Home Inspectors” have to keep up with current city codes in order to give an accurate assessment when doing an inspection?

    One other thing I would like to add.  I just heard on the news a few days ago that a lot of so-called “Home Inspectors” don’t necessarily do a very good job or are they aren’t properly qualified.  It would be a good idea for one to do their homework and find out how much experience an inspector has and what their reputation is.  Ask for verification of their training.  Maybe even do some research on what an inspector should be looking for.

    This would be a great job for someone with an eye for detail.  could be a little messy from time to time but what a great way to help potential homeowners get the best bang for their hard earned money and give them peace of mind as well.


  5. Hi! Becoming a home inspector sounds nice. I like the flexibility: one can work as much as one wants with no boss calling our attention. And I like the fact that we can even have our own employees.

    I was really surprised that the coursework can just take us a few weeks. Do you have a link to go and register for our coursework? Thanks.

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