Property inspectors play an important role when buying or selling any property. A property inspection is a non-intrusive, visual examination of the current condition of a property, most often in relation to the potential sale of that property. Property inspectors are trained in the detection of problems and the reporting of those problems to the seller or buyer of the property. There are several types of property inspectors. One type of property inspector is the residential property inspector, who inspects homes and other residential properties for major issues that may affect the ability of the property owner to make a mortgage loan or rent the property. However, these inspectors are not permitted to conduct a mortgage broker review (which examines the ability of the seller cover expenses associated with purchasing the property) or a seller’s pre-offer (where the inspector verifies that the seller has the right financing and offers to purchase the house).
The plumbing or heating inspector professional is another type of property inspector. They are trained to inspect heating systems, including hot water heaters and furnaces, as well as heating valves, heating lines, and plumbing fixtures. Leaking pipes or fixtures can make plumbing problems even more difficult. These professionals are also trained in checking the drainage and waste systems. Other inspections include underground piping, foundation cracking and asbestos removal.
In the last twenty-five years, many states have created licensing boards for property inspectors. The typical three-year process for certification takes approximately three years of training and study. In most states, the applicant must pass a written exam and then be re-trained in the various examinations that are related to specific real estate needs. Some states require prospective property inspectors to pass the National Association of State Inspectors (NASI) Certified Property Inspector Examination. In recognition of their commitment towards protecting their customers’ interests, many insurance companies offer discounts for state licensing boards.
There are three national associations that specialize in home inspection practices. They are the International Association of Home Inspectors, the National Society of Professional Engineers, and the National Council for Real Estate Inspectors. A person must have the same education and experience as a member of one of these associations to become a home inspector.
A typical property inspector job description is to inspect residential properties in the United States and Canada. They assist homeowners by making sure they comply with safety and building regulations. When inspecting, they are trained to identify potential problems, evaluate them, and then make recommendations on how to fix them. They also monitor the progress of repairs and monitor the progress of the home inspectors as well.
The home buyers call the inspectors to get a free inspection report. This initial report often includes an overview of the property’s condition, items of concern, and any corrective actions taken. The inspector reviews the report and can be contacted by real estate agents with any questions or concerns. The inspectors usually meet with home buyers to discuss any issues found during their visit. Once they have determined if there are problems, the inspectors help home buyers to fix them.
A bachelor’s degree is required to obtain a license in real estate. Some states require applicants to pass licensing exams and take examinations. Some states have no educational requirement while others require candidates to complete a certain number of credit hours or receive a certificate of completion.
Candidates can pursue a career as a real estate agent or a property inspector in the United States. The profession in Canada is more like an occupation than a job. In the United States, however, it is much easier to locate an open position because there are so many property inspectors available. Because of this, many property inspectors have chosen to work independently rather than becoming a real estate agent. With the increase in the number of inspectors, the industry has become more competitive and wages have also increased in the past few years.