If you are looking to become a Home Inspector, why not consider a less competitive market and become an RV Home Inspector. Through the NRVIA, RV Home Inspector Classes are offered around the country. This new industry is emerging just as the home inspection industry did back in the 1970’s.
As a full time RVer I spend a fair bit of time around Florida. Did you know there are over 22,000 home inspectors in the state? Wow! Now, there are over 19 million residents in Florida and no home can be sold these days without a home inspection being part of the process. Why would you not want an unbiased third party opinion of a home’s condition before parting with hundreds of thousands of dollars?
What is a home inspection? A home inspection is a documented, professional opinion of a home based on a visual evaluation and operational testing of the home’s systems and components to determine their current condition.
What does a home inspector do all day? A typical home inspector spends his or her day inspecting homes for buyers, writing reports, speaking with prospective clients and marketing to consumers and real estate agents.
The inspector looks at the building exterior, including the garage. He or she explains the findings to the client, describing the building’s condition and any improvements recommended. The inspection continues inside the home and includes the basement or crawlspace if applicable, the living spaces, systems, and any accessible attic or roof spaces. Inspectors frequently offer tips for operating and maintaining the home during the inspection process.
The inspection report is delivered quickly to the client, often within 24 hours, because the real estate transaction may hang in the balance. The client often pays the inspection fee onsite, and it is not unusual for the client to say something like, “That is the best money that I have ever spent!”
What kind of folks become home inspectors?
- People who don’t like being tied to a desk all day.
- People who have the desire to run a small business.
- Is interested in construction and how things work.
- Has a technical mind and likes to figure things out.
- Is organized and clear-thinking.
- Enjoys meeting and helping people.
- And most importantly is willing to learn and take initiative!
This information comes from the American Society of Home Inspectors. They are one the organizations responsible for setting the standards for those wanting to operate a home inspection business.
Just like ASHI helps people to become home inspectors, the NRVIA, the National Recreational Vehicle Inspectors Association, works to set the standards of a strong code of ethics and standards of practice so that those desiring to operate an RV home inspection business can get started.
Why did I spend so much time talking about the home inspection process? Because the parallels between the two industries are so closely tied that each item mentioned above is pretty much what an RV home inspector does, and what personality traits make the best inspectors!
Before a person spends tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of dollars on an RV, or a home on wheels, the same analysis should occur as in a home inspection! The exterior should be visually evaluated for structural integrity, motorized units should have fluid tests to evaluate engine, transmission and generator components, every system should be tested for correct and safe operation, and once the three to six hour evaluation is completed, a detailed report with photos can be presented to the buyer for their consideration.
RV Home Inspector Classes
Why is being an RV inspector better than being a home inspector? The main reason would be that we are at the start of this new and exciting national industry. The NRVIA is where the home inspection industry was back in the 1970’s. There is a lot of opportunities to create a growing and successful business as an RV inspector!
There are over ten million RV’s on the road today. If every RV that is bought and sold was required to have an RV inspection performed before it could hit the road, there would be a need for around nine thousand inspectors in the United States. Right now, we only have a small percentage of the RV inspectors needed to handle the growing demand.
How can you become involved? Well, if you have the same qualities as those required to be a home inspector, you can take RV home inspector classes right on the NRVIA website. There are hours of video training that can help get you up to speed in order to gain the knowledge necessary to start an RV home inspection business.
Try the 30-day Free Trial to see the depth of training offered in the video modules!
Don’t have a lot of experience with RV’s? There are live class options available to help you gain more experience with these homes on wheels. Leave a comment below and I will get you more information on that!
Pam and I travel the United States holding advanced RV inspector classes. You can find us in the south during Fall and Winter months and up north during the Summer months. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for a more detailed schedule of our classes.
Please feel free to contact us if you would like more information about the process of becoming an RV inspector!
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