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How do you become a home inspector?

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The requirements for becoming a home inspector vary by state. Some states require home inspectors to be licensed while others do not regulate home inspectors at all. Amongst the states that require licensing, there are differing pre-licensing, license-renewal and continuing-education requirements. For example, Illinois requires 60 hours of pre-licensing classroom instruction prior to taking the licensing exam, along with 6 hours of continuing education per year.

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Pre-licensing training can be obtained through a number of programs available online and in traditional classroom settings. For example, the American Society for Home Inspectors offers home-inspection training throughout the United States. The ASHI training course provides pre-classroom study materials, classroom lectures and in-field training as well as state and governmental pre-licensing preparation. The ASHI also offers continuing-education classes and instruction in the operation of a successful home-inspection business. Home inspection in the United States began in the 1970s to help home buyers make informed purchase decisions. As of 2014, 77 percent of homes in the United States and Canada are inspected prior to sale. Demand for home inspectors is strong as of 2014. Home inspectors can expand their businesses into inspections of commercial properties and inspections for lead-based paint and radon. Home-inspection businesses can be started with a relatively small investment.

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