Home Inspection School

Evaluating the condition of homes

As real estate sales continue to grow and new homes are constructed, there is an increasingly greater need for certified home inspectors. According to the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), a little over three-quarters of homes sold in the United States and Canada are inspected prior to purchase. Home inspection is a good way for people with experience in the construction trade or any related field to apply their experience and knowledge.

Home inspection entails the inspection of every area, from roof to foundation. The home inspector inspects dry walling, roofing, attic, windows and all other structural elements that make up the home. An inspection also covers features like ventilation, heating and air conditioning, plumbing and electrical work.

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Home inspection is sometimes confused with real estate appraisal, but the two are different: home inspectors evaluate the condition of a structure, while real estate appraisers estimate the monetary value of a property.

Getting Educated

Most home inspection courses are relatively simple and are compressed into 6 to 12 lessons. Some of the things you'll learn include:

  • Construction methods
  • Building codes, standards, and regulations
  • How to inspect heating, plumbing, electrical and air conditioning
  • How to start your own home inspection business

Online Home Inspection Courses

If you're already a working professional, classes on the Internet may be an ideal way to learn home inspection. A number of companies offer a comprehensive online curriculum covering all aspects of home inspection. There are also distance learning courses available, where you can have learning materials, such as booklets, textbooks and testing materials, delivered to your home.

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