Do you want to work outside and set your own hours?

Do you have a background in construction?

Are you a problem solver?

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Consider becoming a home inspector!

What Do Home Inspectors Do?

No one wants to live or work in a building that can crumble at any second.

Home inspectors make sure that construction meets building codes and ordinances, zoning regulations, and contract specifications.

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The Job

Home inspectors are usually responsible for:

  • Reviewing building plans before construction.

  • Inspecting the plumbing, electrical systems, and structural integrity of a building

  • Writing reports on any issues found in a property.

  • Maintaining relationships with realtors or building crews.

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Where Can You Find Work As A Home Inspector?

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Home inspectors can be found working for:

  • Government organizations

  • Private companies

  • Potential real estate buyers

  • Home owners who are selling their property

Requirements for becoming a home inspector vary by state or province. Most require:

  • A high school diploma or GED

  • An approved course of study

  • A certain number of training hours

  • Home inspector license and/or certification

  • Liability insurance

How Much Do They Earn?

Flaticon Icon In Canada, the average salary for a home inspector is $59,758 CAD.

Flaticon Icon In the USA, the average salary for a home inspector is $48,892 USD.

You'll Love It if...

  • You have a keen eye and enjoy playing a detective type role.

  • You like novelty (every property is different).

  • You write well and can deliver clear reports in a timely manner.

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Look For Another Career Path if...

  • You don't like tight spaces and don't want to explore the crawlspaces or cellars of people's homes.

  • You like to have a consistent routine (each inspection will be on a different property and have you talking to different people).

  • You don't like deadlines. Inspectors are usually required to finish their reports 2-3 days after inspection.

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Pick The Future Home Inspector

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  • Likes to explore

  • Has a knack for spotting things

  • Dislikes being cooped up in an office

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  • Likes to write reports

  • Has a fear of spiders

  • Dislikes work that involves travel

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