If you are interested in pursuing a career in the construction industry, you may want to consider becoming a home inspector.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for higher quality construction and growing concern for public safety will result in an increase in demand for home inspectors. It is expected that employment of building and construction inspectors will grow by about 12 percent between 2012 and 2022.
As such, it should be relatively easy for you to land a good job if you decide to pursue a career in home inspection, a field that also can be enhanced if you are Internet savvy, allowing you to easily schedule your clients and maintain a reliable database of inspection information.
Here is a look at how you can become a successful home inspector….
What Does a Home Inspector Do?
Home inspectors are people who ensure that residential buildings or construction projects meet contract specifications, national and local building codes, and zoning regulations.
Their responsibilities typically include:
• reviewing and approving building plans
• monitoring construction sites
• using survey instruments, test equipment and metering devices to perform inspections
• inspecting electrical, plumbing and other systems
• verifying alignment, elevation and level of residential buildings
• providing feedback related to findings
• issuing stop-work orders and violation notices
Most home inspectors are full-time employees, and they work during regular business hours.
They spend a large portion of their working time performing inspections on construction sites or in residential buildings.
How to Become a Home Inspector
As the following article looks at, if you wish to pursue a home inspection career, you need to have at least a high school diploma, as well as a good knowledge of residential construction.
Most home inspectors learn on the job, but you can attend home inspection training courses to boost your chances of getting hired. Depending on the state or local jurisdiction where you work, you may be required to obtain a license or certification.
Additionally, you have to possess a certain body of knowledge, skills and traits in order to become a successful home inspector.
These include genuine interest in residential construction, thorough understanding of every system in a residential building, a technical mind, ability to think clearly, excellent organizational skills, willingness to learn and take initiative, and good communication skills.
How to Promote Your Home Inspection Services
If you are planning to become a freelance home inspector or start a home inspection company, it is essential that you know how to promote your services.
The Internet offers numerous opportunities for you to make yourself or your company known to a large number of people.
Some of the things that you can do to promote your home inspection services include starting a website, sending emails to potential customers, placing ads in real estate and home inspection websites, and building a strong social media presence.
Social media is presently one of the most widely used online communication channels, and you can get good marketing results on social media by posting engaging and useful content, and interacting with your target consumers on a regular basis.
Becoming a home inspector is not only financially and personally rewarding; it is also a flexible career path that offers great diversification opportunities.
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About the Author: John McMalcolm is a freelance writer who writes on a wide range of subjects, from social media marketing to Cloud computing.