Professional Home Inspectors

Written by Sierra Rein
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Home buyers beware: not all home inspectors are created equal. Consumers who choose to hire home inspectors who are not licensed professional engineers (PEs) run the danger of paying for a second analysis. After all, some structural damage and defects must be analyzed and reported by professional engineers. Without this official work, many homes can be blacklisted as unsafe and unwise investments.

Professional home inspectors have affiliations with professional engineer associations. In Canada, these associations include the NAHPI (the Canadian Association of Home and Property Inspectors) and the NFCI (National Foundation of Certified Inspectors). These inspection companies only accept trained, certified home inspectors as members and encourage the implementation of a strict code of ethics.

The Road to Becoming Professional Home Inspectors

Interestingly enough, almost anyone can become a professional home inspector. There are many opportunities to find training and to become a part of a number of different affiliations, such as the CMHC (the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) and the NAHCI (the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors). Trade schools are, of course, the best places to go in person. However, one can also learn the home inspector business through online correspondence courses.

Many homeowners choose to take professional home inspection training just to be fully informed about the process. They will then be able to double-check that the people they hire to fill out official reports are covering all the bases. After taking at-home schooling, many homeowners actually choose to become professional home inspectors themselves on a full or part-time basis.

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