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Hey guys just want to say first off that most of you "veterans" have extremely good info on this site and can always steer a guy in the correct direction. That being said I need some help. I have been doing PP work for about 4-5 years and am certified w/good insurance and awesome compliance (mostly 95% or better). I must say that I am getting older and my body is breaking down. I got into this when prices just started declining and the first couple years had helpers. I now cannot support a full crew and do most work myself (beside cleanouts and large jobs) but the doctor said I really need to change careers. Wow who wants to do that @ 48y. Anyway I want to go into Home Inspections for Realtors/home buyers ect.. and have a few contacts waiting on me. What kind of license do I need, certificates ect... and will my GL plus E&O's be suffiecient. What is the best software ect... Or can I take my NPPTC certification over to this area. I basically do home inspections anyway but what are some of the differences. Sorry so long but wanted you to know my situation before hand. Thanks in advace for your wisdom....
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I am a certified home inspector. It can be a lucrative career. My State does not require Home Inspectors to be licensed BUT in order to purchase Insurance for Home Inspections you must be certified. There are 2 main associations that support the Inspector (NACHI and ASHI). Google both and research.

I like NACHI due to their support system! Get on there as a visitor and read/contribute to the forum. Ask questions! Watch the videos! Home Inspections are not easy as everyone may think.

P&P E&O will not normally cover you for REAL home inspections. By joining 1 of the associations you can purchase their group coverages. The associations also offer a low cost Home Inspection Software to write your inspections up and has all the disclaimers already wrote into the reports.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! PM me if you would like.
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Jova,

I am a certified home inspector. It can be a lucrative career. My State does not require Home Inspectors to be licensed BUT in order to purchase Insurance for Home Inspections you must be certified. There are 2 main associations that support the Inspector (NACHI and ASHI). Google both and research.

I like NACHI due to their support system! Get on there as a visitor and read/contribute to the forum. Ask questions! Watch the videos! Home Inspections are not easy as everyone may think.

P&P E&O will not normally cover you for REAL home inspections. By joining 1 of the associations you can purchase their group coverages. The associations also offer a low cost Home Inspection Software to write your inspections up and has all the disclaimers already wrote into the reports.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask! PM me if you would like.
By far you are awesome, I will check into the site and more than likely get back with you. Can you tell me if all goes smooth what kind of time frame it takes as like I said I do have contacts in my crosshairs.
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NAARPI International...

They were NAARPI and developed some international affiliations...their website should be up soon. I do know that their material is accredited and that the Texas, (where the home office is located) I believe it is the Texas Association of Real Estate (could have the name wrong) TAR I believe it is..has approved and accredited them also.
In addition the state of Nevada is looking at their material for the purpose of instituting some sort of testing for the inspection and PP Industry...

Haven't spoke to them in a few days but they should have their new website up and running by the end of the week...

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By far you are awesome, I will check into the site and more than likely get back with you. Can you tell me if all goes smooth what kind of time frame it takes as like I said I do have contacts in my crosshairs.
It really depends on you and your time frame (ability to pass a whole lot of exam courses). NACHI has approx 25 core courses that you have to take. Each course has an estimated time to complete...if you are a fast study then you can zip through some courses quickly but if you are slow then it will take longer.

Everyone has their "strong points"... example: the Mold course I zipped through in less than an hour and the time frame to complete was 10 hrs I believe BUT electric had something like 15 hour course and I gotta say it was a lot more detailed than I thought it would be and it took ALL OF 15 hours plus maybe a little more

I found it some of the most informative courses! I always try to keep up with code changes for the Adjusting career and structural knowledge which the courses were really in depth. If your strong at this then you might be able to zip right through the courses.

I did not have time to attend a Brick & Mortar School otherwise I would have took the ASHI course. I WILL take this when I have time...its all about knowledge.

Home Inspections are a balancing act.... YOUR client, the potential buyer, wants to know EVERY problem and YOUR referral client, the broker, doesn't want YOU to kill a sell....

Nobody will be happy BUT the only person that will sue you...is the potential buyer so.....

Potential buyer is going to get the best report possible.

On a side note: I just demo'ed out 160sf of drywall on walls and 96sf of drywall ceiling from a dumba** inspector that turned the water on at the meter to check the water at the faucets AFTER there was winterization stickers on the faucets and the meter and flooded part of the basement. NEVER EVER trust a P&P Winterization Thank You Home Inspector for putting nearly $5,000 in my pocket with your stupidity.
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