is a Home Inspector?
Home Inspector provides a visual assessment of the condition
of a residential home and property, usually for the buyer
prior to closing escrow. It is also somewhat of an educational
process for the client, as the Inspector will provide information
about maintenance, areas of concern, etc. The inspector
will look at everything that is visible and accessible,
such as the roof, structure, foundation, the site itself,
checking for drainage and landscaping problems, retaining
walls, gates and fences. The Inspector will test each system
in the home, such as heating, plumbing, air conditioning,
appliances, furnace, water heater, etc. If the attic is
accessible, the Inspector will enter the space and review
the area. If the home is situated on a raised foundation,
the Inspector will crawl underneath the structure and provide
information to the client. During this entire process, the
inspector will be completing a report, which will provide
the client with a detailed review of the entire inspection.
Home Inspector's Essential Skills
You will need to understand, in detail, building techniques
(historical and contemporary) and the functions of all systems
of a home. You will be called upon to think on your feet
- to troubleshoot existing problem conditions and to offer
a range of solutions. You will be called upon to play detective,
to determine cause and effect.
Estimator: You will need an intimate familiarity
with current pricing for all phases of construction.
You will be asked to determine if a proposed remodel is
practical and workable. You will need to understand what
it is that the client intends to accomplish (even when they
are not sure), to offer suggestions and to provide approximate
Inspector: You will need to know the Uniform Building
Code. You will have to determine safety and health hazards.
Expert: You will have to design or take charge of
the design of your image and hence your marketing materials.
You will need to be able to track and predict your business
based upon your marketing efforts.
Expert: You will have to determine where to best
spend your advertising dollar for greatest returns.
You will be responsible for representing yourself and your
company in sales situations in the Realtor's office. You
will need to develop the skills necessary to get your "foot
in the door," and make appointments.
Speaker: You will be called upon to speak to groups
of people in real estate offices and in front of realty
boards. (At times you could be speaking to hundreds of people
about your service.)
Expert: You will have to be good at talking on the
phone. You will have to describe the benefits of placing
an order with your company, taking that order efficiently,
dealing with customer complaints and problems, and satisfying
You will be called upon to write reports, letters, featured
articles, press releases, flyers and more, for release to
the real estate community.
You will need to understand the emotions and needs of your
clients as well as all parties to the transaction. You must
be able to calm down a worried buyer, threatened seller,
irate agent, without jeopardizing your position, without
Communicator: You will have to possess the ability
to describe observed conditions in non-threatening language.
You must appear as an independent, unbiased authority, prepared
to deliver only the material facts, free of emotion.
Manager: You will need to train your inspectors
so that you are able to duplicate your system. You will
also need to be able to train your representatives and office
You will need good organizational and managerial skills
to be effective. You will need to oversee expenditures,
schedules, employee grievances, and see to it that your
company appears to the outside world as a well-oiled machine.
Executive Officer: You will be charged with the
responsibility for directing the entire organization which
can include determining your target market, your company's
image, and its relationship to the business community at
large. You will have to determine company policies and be
willing to adjust and adapt to the changing marketplace.
All legal decisions will be on your shoulders, as well as
all financial and personnel decisions.