The condition of a property is a critical factor in determining its value, and buyers should always have a potential real estate purchase carefully checked out by a licensed, professional property inspector. The job of a property or home inspector is to thoroughly examine a building to make sure that the initial construction and all repairs comply with local building codes and zoning regulations. Property inspectors also confirm the condition of the foundation and that plumbing, electrical, and other systems are functional and meet specifications. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that building inspectors earned an annual median salary of $52,360 in 2010.
Graduate from high school. All property inspectors must have at least a high school diploma. Learn a construction trade such as carpentry or HVAC installation and repair in high school to give you a jump start on getting a job.
Work in the construction industry for at least one or two years to learn the ropes. After you have sufficient experience and knowledge, find a job working with a licensed building or home inspector in your state.
Earn a professional property inspector certification from the International Code Council, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials, Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors. Certifications require you to prove your experience and pass a comprehensive exam.
Take the exam to become a licensed property inspector in your state if required. Some states required licensing for property inspectors. Some states require that you pass a state licensing exam, but a number only require a certain amount of experience, an approved national real estate inspector certification, and proof of liability insurance.
- Consider earning an associate's degree in building inspection technology. Many community colleges offer building or real estate inspection associate's degree programs.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook -- Construction and Building Inspectors
- Texas Real Estate Commission: Inspector Information Main Page
- Indiana Professional Licensing Agency: Home Inspectors Licensing Board
- National Association of Home Inspectors: Certified Real Estate Inspector Program Information
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