Scottpat Posted January 1, 2004 Report Share Posted January 1, 2004 Lately we have had many posts on several of the home inspector forums and I have received several emails that are dealing with entering the profession and the longevity of persons entering this profession. As I enter my ninth year of this profession, I have seen an untold number of inspectors come and go and from what I can tell they had their expectations set too high and entered into a new profession with little knowledge and limited income reserves. Why do they have their expectations set so high? As with any profession you will have a core group of people who have made it and they are looked upon as examples of success in the profession, they almost make it look easy. You also have many and most of training schools that depend on the constant influx of new students to keep their doors open, this can only be accomplished by painting a rosy picture of the profession. And then we have the professional association on the other end. Over the past several years we have had an increase of home inspector originations popping up left and right, most have been created by individuals as just another source of personal revenue, some were created with good intentions, large promises and titles with little meaning just to persuade new inspectors to join and only a couple of the original professional organizations that have standards set high enough for membership so that is takes testing, experience and knowledge to achieve their highest level. My first couple of years in this profession, I worked part-time in a sporting goods store and did inspections four days a week, I had to do this to make ends meet. Inspections were slow to come, I did around 60 inspections my first year; 100 inspections my second year; and 170 inspections my third year. In my third year I went into it full time, I joined a professional origination based on its high standards and not for what it promised at that time. What does it take to make it as a home inspector? I would say that the largest factor is you. Your personality, demeanor, finances, and your knowledge of the profession are your largest assets in regards to success or failure in this profession. From what I have seen we have many individuals who enter into this profession without any business plan or a realistic idea of how much it is going to cost to succeed; I am afraid that this is one of the main reasons we have such a high turnover. Another observation is that our profession has about a 60% or greater failure rate the first two years of a home inspectorÃ¢â¬â¢s carrier. Those that can survive the first two years stand a real good chance of making it. The reason for this post is that I received an email today from a person wanting to become a home inspector, because he/she has no money to start a business and they were told that they can make $100,000 doing home inspections their first year. I am just trying to get the truth out. Any other thoughts or comments that might help prospective home inspectors are welcome. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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