Future Prospects for Home Inspectors


Dave writes:
How does the future look for home inspectors in terms of career and salary?


The Career Doctor responds:
Home inspectors conduct inspections of newly built or previously
owned homes.
According to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) “Ever
since home inspection first came on the real estate scene in the
mid-1970s consumer demand for the service has been growing rapidly.
Home inspection is a young and growing professional consulting
service aimed at helping homebuyers make the biggest financial
decision of their lives.”
And the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Outlook Handbook
states “Home inspection is becoming a standard practice in the home
purchasing process creating more opportunities for home inspectors.”
Home inspectors need extensive knowledge in many areas of residential construction such as: soils and foundations wood and construction roofing plumbing electricity heating and ventilation air conditioning and heat pumps appliances swimming pools and spas termites and wood-destroying insects and environmental considerations.
The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) estimates that “77 percent of the homes
sold in the United States and Canada today are inspected prior to purchase.
This means that the market is still underserved and that the remaining growth potential
is considerable. This trend leaves room for many to become a home inspector and
construct a home inspection career or even begin a home inspection company
… and inspectors can expect to earn gross revenues of more then $75000.”
Home inspectors need training and certification. Once you’ve accomplished
these you have a couple of employment options. You can join an existing
company or start your own home-inspection business.
Here are the main professional organizations where you can find more
information tools and resources: