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In response to a flood of inquiries about getting into the home inspection business, we offer the following notes on becoming a Professional Home Inspector, which we hope are helpful in evaluation of this profession as a career objective:
It should be noted that home inspection is closely related to the real estate industry, and as such follows the seasonal and market variances inherent in the business of real estate sales. Most home inspectors work independently, or on a commission basis for a larger company. There are generally no guaranteed salaries paid, however we can tell you that incomes vary from pitiful to 80K or more, depending on individual circumstances. During the height of any real estate season, the days can be long, up to 14 hours. In the off-season, work can be all but non-existent.
A career in home inspection is not for everyone. As a new, and largely unregulated industry, it takes an entrepreneurial spirit, a willingness to be flexible, change and grow at a high rate of speed, and constantly challenge yourself to improve.
If you’re a highly technical person, and you’re ready to swim with the alligators, then you’ll find home inspection an extremely interesting and rewarding occupation.
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Gil Strachan is a professional home inspector, representing Electrospec Home Inspection Services in east-central Ontario since 1994.