Home Inspection Training

Written by Sierra Rein
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Every year, thousands of homes need to be examined and reported on for safety and investment purposes. Ideally, only certified, knowledgeable home inspectors should perform these examinations. However, although most areas of Canada do not regulate the business of home inspection, most homeowners and potential buyers choose to hire a properly licensed inspector with full training.

All schools offering home inspection training should follow the guidelines laid out by the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Standards of Practice and the CAHPI (Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors). The training should prepare students to pass the ASHI or CAHPI exams, which cover everything one should know when performing out in the field. The training should also prepare students to use the tools necessary to complete an inspection.

These tools include electrical testers, moisture meters, and detectors for fuel, gas and carbon monoxide. Home inspection training must also teach inspectors how to completely fill out engineering reports and how to answer any client questions. Finally, home inspectors must be taught how to recognize when extra optional tests may be needed. These extra tests can be performed on storage tanks, paint and drinking water for lead and bacteria, and radon gas in air.

Home Inspection Training for Legitimate Business

Unregulated, non-certified home inspectors are able to do business in Canada. However, homeowners are usually at a risk when they hire inspectors that are not fully trained, and often have to hire a second inspection to complete the process. Consumers are more likely to pay higher rates for well-trained, certified home inspectors. Trained home inspectors are also more likely to be hired by private engineering firms and be given full-time pay for part-time hours.

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