As things stand today, consumers can go online, fill out some forms, pay a fee and receive a certificate that proclaims they are a home inspector within days.
The idea of buying a home without having it inspected by a professional seems almost unthinkable, but there also are many reasons for a seller to have an inspection before putting a home on the market.
Sharing findings with sellers — whether in casual conversation, spirited debate or by written report — or even having sellers in the room listening to the inspection report presentation, has its pitfalls.
With radon affecting so many areas of the country, homeowners will look to home inspection professionals who have the skill set and credentials to detect this potentially deadly gas in their homes.
Although a home inspection business is a great low-cost enterprise, starting one can be a bit more costly than one might think. Beyond the basic tools needed for the job, there are many other things to consider.
Many small business owners often have to do the jobs of many people themselves to make sure their businesses work. But with today's technology, there are plenty of apps to help them do everything from managing the business's finances to maintaining and controlling email clutter.
Even a perfectly clear day can limit an inspector's ability to perform an inspection. Home inspections performed during times of excessive heat should be done with care.
Fred Buck, a home inspector since 1982 who works for King Inspections, Inc. in San Antonio and a field training instructor for American Home Inspectors Training Institute, answered some questions about CSST for AHIT.