Do I Need Real Estate or Construction Experience?
Short answer: No. The most important thing is to be a ‘people person’
You don’t have to have years of real estate or construction experience to be a great home inspector. While real estate experience (or having a spouse in real estate) may help speed your networking process, WIN’s marketing plan will give you the help you need. As for technical expertise, WIN training will get you up to speed and ready to inspect homes.
We can teach the technical aspects of the business. The one thing we can’t teach is passion for interacting with other people. A lot of people who have spent years in the construction trades have incredible technical skills, but poor people skills. As a home inspector, it’s important to be good at both.
“It really helps to be able to be in front of a group of people and talk to them,” says Dennis Spencer, who serves Santa Cruz, CA, and surrounding communities. “If you take guys from the construction industry who’ve been a carpenter or electrician and compare them with someone who’s used to public speaking in a business or sales background, I think the public speaker would outperform the technical guy. This is a people business. It’s all about networking and building your referral base.”
Training and support for home inspectors, franchise owners
WIN owners receive a mix of online, classroom and in-the-field training. The online training is a 40-hour course that gives you an introduction to home inspections and the various parts of the home. Franchise owners complete the online courses before coming to WIN’s headquarters in Madison, AL, for two weeks of classroom training and inspection work.
In Alabama, WIN owners receive a week of classroom training on how to run the business, communicate effectively with customers, work with vendors, analyze prices, learn computer systems, market your business and more. They also receive training focused on how to market themselves at real estate offices and during open houses.
An additional week focuses on the technical aspects of providing a thorough home inspection according to national standards set by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI). The training includes classroom instruction on what to look for in various parts of a home, as well as on-site inspections at a condominium and home in Madison, AL.
We also assist new owners with any state-level certifications they may need to obtain, depending on where they intend to operate their business. WIN offers ongoing support to franchise owners. The home office is available by phone or email to provide guidance and assistance.