Home Inspection Jobs Outlook

    The jobs outlook for Home Inspectors is much better than many fields of work, especially in today's slow-growing economy. While many careers are suffering with minimal growth numbers or even LOSING jobs, the field of Home Inspection is growing by leaps and bounds.

   I'm not a huge believer in statistics, personally, but I'll throw this number at you:
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the field of BUILDING and CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION will grow by 17% between 2008 and 2018.

   Mind you, that figure is for ALL inspection careers, including government and other construction-related inspection jobs, not just for the field of residential Home Inspection. But you get the point; the field is growing. What this means for you, as a Home Inspector, is that your chances for success in the field of Home Inspection are much better than 10 years ago, or even 5 years ago.
   This is probably because people are finally realizing the need for a Home Inspection when they purchase a home. Years ago, people were more likely to pass up a Home Inspection and just "take their chances" that the home was built properly, maintained properly, and had no major defects. Today, that trend has reversed; up to 60% of home buyers are opting for a Home Inspection. I guess that all those horror stories from home buyers getting stuck with a defective home has finally sunk in. 

    I'm not trying to paint a rosy picture of the job outlook in the field of Home Inspection - the real estate market is still a mess and will remain that way for a long time. And in a roundabout way, that's the very reason that a Home Inspection business can be successful in this sluggish economy. Let me explain:

   Consumers in recent years have run a hellish gauntlet of layoffs, corporate restructuring and downsizing, and credit crunches.  The recession has forced people to nibble away at their debt load and watch every penny in order to even qualify for a mortgage. Banks and lending institutions have rewritten their guidelines for lending, and credit is harder to obtain than ever before.

   Now put yourself in that consumer's shoes. You've finally saved enough for a down payment on that home, you've finally qualified for a mortgage, and you're making your move to buy it. After all that, would you take it on faith that the home seller is being honest about the condition of that home? Probably not. Which is exactly why more and more people are opting for a Home Inspection when buying a home...they have weathered a number of financial pitfalls just to get themselves in a position to buy that home, and they are very apprehensive about plunking their money down without getting a professional evaluation.

   So, it's not a case of the real estate market "taking off", it's a matter of changing attitudes on the part of the home buyer. I challenge you to find anyone who bought a home 30 years ago and commissioned a Home Inspection. The field of Home Inspection was in it's infancy, basically. In those days, people would ask their neighbor who was a carpenter or plumber or electrician to take a look at the house and see what they thought. Which would be fine, except that every home is made up of numerous systems and components...not just the structure, the plumbing system, or the electrical system.

   People are finally realizing the depth to which careers have specialized, and realizing that they can't count on any one building trades specialist to evaluate all the different systems in a home. For a proper evaluation (inspection) of the home, they need a jack-of-all-trades type of person who is knowledgeable in all aspects of home construction. Not a neurosurgeon, not an osteopath or a podiatrist, but a general practitioner of sorts who can refer them to the proper specialist if they find a problem with the home.

   For more information about a career in the field of Home Inspection, check out these links:

Home Inspector Salaries
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