Home inspectors are responsible for evaluating properties, either currently or previously owned. They determine the quality and functionality of homes’ structures and systems. They most commonly work for potential home buyers who are looking to evaluate a prospective property and need to find out if there could be any undisclosed problems in the future. The main task for home inspectors is to check for defects. They inspect every aspect of the home: the plumbing and electrical systems, roofing, foundation, and heating and air conditioning systems. They check these areas for potential problems, such as water damage, electrical faults, structural issues, or building code non-compliance. Then they report these problems to the potential home owner quickly, before the buyer has made any offers or entered into any contracts.
In other instances, home inspectors are employed to inspect new homes that are currently under construction and ensure that everything is up to code. If standards are not being met, home inspectors will similarly make a report. They may also make documentation, take photographs, and issue code violation notices.
Home inspectors often work varied ours, particularly those who are self-employed. Their work is both physical and non-physical, as their inspecting may require reaching difficult areas and following safety precautions. However, their analyses always require mental work and sometimes require written work. Their job requires little interaction with anyone other than their clients. Some home inspectors may be required to have an advanced degree in a related field, though there are cases where a high school diploma is sufficient. Some states have regulations that require a state-issued license in order to practice as a home inspector.
Home Inspector Tasks
Visit sites and conduct interior and exterior inspections.
Respond to questions and concerns.
Discuss and explain risks to the home, including environmental and mold risks.
Document findings and explain them to clients.