Tuesday, November 10, 2015

People In Your Neighbourhood: Home Inspector (part 1 of 2)


A home inspector, living up to its name, inspects houses to make sure that it has abided or followed local building codes.  The U.S. Bureau  of Labor Statistics are seeing an increase on the number of home inspectors.  There is an expected growth of 18 percent from years 2006 to 2016. This can be considerably higher than other jobs, but there is a possibility that there would be additional certification requirements

A home inspector should be knowledgeable of different building codes and ordinances, these would include electrical and plumbing systems, heating and cooling systems and other structures found in the property of the house. There is a need for inspectors to check other aspects of the house, like door frames, walls, ceilings and windows.

Home inspectors are capable of writing reports that can be included in home information packs given away from estate agents, conveyancers, solicitors and surveyors. Most of the times, inspectors are called when putting up houses for sale.  Most of the inspectors are self-employed.  It is important for a home inspector to have flexible time schedule, since they would have to fit their time to the client’s schedule.

Why the need for home inspectors?

For most people, their homes are their biggest investment. This would be enough reason to get somebody to make an overall and comprehensive inspection on the status and soundness of their homes.  It could be just because they want their homes checked and do some repairs, or whether it is because their putting their house on sale.  Anyway, you would like to make sure that your house is evaluated to its full value.

Home inspectors are not required to have educational and training certificates.  But they are required by some states to have at least some certification or license before proceeding or making inspections.  Of course, home inspectors need to have some knowledge of how home systems (electricity and plumbing) works and also knowledge about the state or local building codes and requirements.

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