Real Estate Inspector

Real estate inspectors who are sometimes called “home inspectors” are hired by individuals who have made an offer to purchase new or previously owned piece of real estate and prior to closing the sale want the structure of the property as well as the condition of its interior to be evaluated for problems and defects. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that many but not all states have regulations regarding home inspectors and most require certification or licensure which usually requires passing an examination. Each state has its own educational and inspection experience requirements for this profession. According to www.ehow.com real estate inspectors are expected to update their knowledge via continuing education and they are also required to carry liability insurance. Ideally real estate inspectors have some experience in the construction industry and also have a broad knowledge about roofing electrical wiring and plumbing as well as home heating and cooling systems. Many real estate inspectors are self-employed and work whatever hours are convenient for customers. Some of their work requires them to climb ladders and fit into small spaces so they can assess the condition and safety of the building. If alterations have been made to the building real estate inspectors should be able to evaluate whether these are up to code and have been done after a permit was issued. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that job opportunities for real estate inspectors will increase because more home buyers will want to make sure the property they want to purchase meets all building codes and does not have any major flaws. The website www.ehow.com says that earnings for real estate inspectors depend on location experience and qualifications. The base salary ranges from approximately $37700 to $64700.

Education Required: High School Diploma & Certification and/or License
Avg Salary: $51157
High Salary: $64659
Low Salary: $37655
Tasks: Evaluates real estate for condition problems.
Prepares written reports.
Detects building code violations.
Looks for potential problems associated with buildings.
Also Called: Home Inspector
Real Estate Examiner
Field Inspector
Construction Inspector
Additional Resources: http://www.ehow.com/about_6595603_job-description-home-inspector.html
http://education-portal.com/articles/Be_a_Field_Inspector_Job_Description_and_Requirements.html
http://www.jobbankusa.com/career_employment/construction_building_inspectors/job_descriptions_definitions_roles_responsibility.html