Congratulations, you passed the Washington State Home Inspector Exam and the National Home Inspector Exam (NHIE)!!! Now what? You need to answer this question: Should I join a home inspection business or start my own home inspection business?
Self-Employed or Employed?
You have probably already thought about this question before you even started the process of getting your license, but now that you have your license you have a better understanding of the industry. Therefore, now would be a good time to revisit this question and weigh all the pros and cons again. Most Home Inspectors, about 60 - 70% work for themselves, and even though working for yourself comes with freedom, it can carry a lot more responsibility. Choosing to work for an inspection company can relieve the burden of start-up costs, and give you some immediate income, but you will have less control over your schedule. Here are 5 questions to help you decide, just remember to answer the questions based on your personal situation. Whatever your decision is, it’s important to understand the requirements and costs to upkeep your license.
Requirements and Cost
1. Clean the moss off the roof. Having moss on the roof can shorten the lifespan of the roof. There are professional companies you can hire, or you can use a DIY product designed for this. However, you should never pressure wash your roof. This will cause granule loss, which will also shorten the lifespan of your roof.
2. Clean out the gutters. Debris in gutters can cause rainwater to overflow which will eventually cause damage to your roof. These repairs can become costly and can even lead to a completely new roof. Clogged gutters can also cause overflow of water to drip too close to the foundation and compromise its stability.
If you don't want to be tied to a desk all day, are interest in construction and how things work, and are good at identifying problems and defects, then becoming a Home Inspector could be a good career move for you. Most Home Inspectors have had previous careers, and 75% of all Home Inspectors are between the ages of 42 and 65, so it's not too late to enter into a new profession.
Typically, when a Home Inspector receives their state license, they go into business for themselves. This means you get to be your own boss and set your own working hours. Working as a Home Inspector is also less physically demanding on your body than most other professions in the construction industry.
What is a Home Inspector's Typical Schedule?
There is nothing wrong with buying a home in “as-is” condition, but you should still hire a competent home inspector to perform an inspection. Why?
First, you don’t know what “as-is” is on any particular home. Walking through the home can give you a general idea of the homes condition, but you won’t obtain the same detailed information that you would receive from a thorough home inspection. Home Inspectors are trained to look for things you are not likely to notice. For example, a Home Inspector must follow Standards of Practice and check the roof, exterior, interior, foundation, basement, fireplace, attic, insulation, ventilation, doors, windows, heating system, cooling system, plumbing system, and electrical system for certain defects. Having a detailed Home Inspection report on the home will give you a better idea of what “as-is” really means
Becoming a Home Inspector is a great career choice for several different reasons. Be your own boss, flexible schedule, high-income potential just to mention a few. So, what are the steps to become a home inspector? And, how much is it going to cost?