Does AHIT assist its course graduates with job placement?
Although we do not find jobs for our graduates, part of our training includes business development and marketing training that teaches graduates how to start their own businesses. Of course, graduates have the option to work for a home inspection company, but we’ve found that the majority of our students will have the most success going into business for themselves. As an AHIT graduate, you will be provided with step-by-step instruction on how to develop and grow your own successful home inspection company. Our program includes education on how to best market yourself to Realtors, real estate agents and lenders in your area.
How is the market right now for home inspectors and what is the outlook for this profession? Will I have a difficult time finding clients?
Most parts of the country are in need of home inspectors, and we are projecting an 18% increase in the amount of home Inspectors needed over the next five years. Whether the economy is booming or on a downturn, the home inspection market continues to grow. People are always purchasing or selling a home, whether it be to upgrade or downsize to a smaller property. With anything in life, you will get out of it what you put into it. If you are willing to get out in the field and market yourself, you will find the work you need to be successful.
Why would I need the training if I live in a state that has no licensing requirements?
Although your state may not have any licensing requirements, real estate agents and lenders typically will want to make sure you have been properly trained. In a state with no licensing requirements, these professionals may look for you to be certified. Having certification is crucial for you to differentiate yourself from the competition. Any reputable real estate or mortgage company is going to want to see some sort of formal training.
What happens if I move to another state while enrolled in the program?
AHIT is the largest home inspection training provider in the country. Its courses are recognized in almost every state. In the event that you relocate while enrolled in an AHIT course, we will apply the tuition you have already paid toward any additional training needed to satisfy your new state’s requirements. More often than not you will be covered, although you may have to take an additional exam. Rest assured that no matter where you move in North America, we can get you the training you need to be successful.?
How can AHIT help me once I complete the course? What kind of support do you offer?
In addition to the step-by-step instruction you will receive on how to develop and grow your own successful home inspection company, you will also receive lifetime technical and business support from our experienced instructors. No matter what stage of your career — whether you are going through your online training or in the field 10 years after graduating from our program — we’ll be here to help. Our instructors and technical support teams are just a phone call away and can assist you with any questions you have.
How much can I expect to make in my first year as a home inspector? How long will it take to have a revenue-generating business?
Your income will be based upon whether you work full or part time. A full-time inspector typically will make an average of $75,000 in his first year. Part-time inspectors — those who perform two-to-three home inspections per week — can expect to make about $50K in their first year, which is higher than new graduates in most fields. Home inspectors who have been in the field for a few years typically average between $75k and $80k per year. The average home inspection ranges between $300 and $500 per inspection depending on the square footage and age of the property. The success of your business will depend on your efforts, but many of our students have been successful in their first year and many have seen revenue generation in as little as a couple of months. To get a jump start on the competition, we suggest you contact local real estate agents as soon as your training with AHIT begins to let them know you are working on getting your license. In a few months, you should be able to cultivate some contacts and start developing your business.
How can I determine how much to charge customers per inspection?
Home inspection fees should be priced according to the square footage of the home and the market price of home inspections in your area. Most inspectors charge anywhere from 20 cents to 25 cents per square foot. One of the perks of being an AHIT student is we provide live training designed to give you an estimate on how much you should charge for your inspections and the service you are providing. A good idea is to call a few local home inspection companies and get a quote from them on how much they would charge you for a certain amount of square footage. Then you can determine what price level you would like to enter in the market place.
What types of buildings and properties can I inspect once I complete your course?
Residential and light commercial properties such as nail and hair salons, apartment complexes, condos, strip malls, fast-food restaurants etc., and foreclosed properties are all potential clients of a home inspector.
Can women find success as home inspectors?
Absolutely! Women are becoming more and more prominent in the home inspection industry every year and there are several advantages of being a woman in this profession. Most real estate agents and lenders are women and this can make it easier to build relationships with them. Also, most women would feel more comfortable having a female inspect their home in the instance that their significant other cannot be there during the inspection.
How often do I have to renew my license and how do I go about doing that?
Although state licensing renewals vary by state, most states have a biennial renewal requirement, meaning you will need to renew your license every two years. You can renew your license by completing a certain amount of CE hours (as per your state requirements) and by re-applying with your state’s licensing division. AHIT provides online continuing education courses available to you that will meet your state’s renewal requirements. We have an entire library of courses that not only meet your state’s requirements for renewal, but can also add additional services to your business thereby creating more revenue.
Where can I find testimonials from people who have already gone through your course? Is it possible to contact AHIT graduates?
Testimonials from our graduates can be found on our website here. Another option is to visit our Facebook page — Facebook.com/myahit — where you will find a lot of our former students posting either job opportunities about their business or recapping the experiences they had going through our training. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide detailed contact information for previous students, but you are welcome to contact one of our instructors who can answer any questions you may have.
What is the registration deadline for classes?
There is not a registration deadline for AHIT classes; registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Our classes tend to fill up quickly, so we recommend you enroll at least two months in advance to have enough time to read through all of the course books and materials.
Are there any night or evening classes?
We do not offer night or evening classes. However, most of our classes are conducted over a three-day weekend, which provides those students who work a traditional Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job to miss as little work as possible. Our course structure allows you to meet all the requirements of your state and get your training done quickly, allowing you to get your license and start your business as soon as possible.
Why is your online course so expensive compared with other schools?
One of AHIT’s key qualities is we go above and beyond what our competitors offer, including lifetime business and technical support from our experienced, qualified instructors, business and marketing instruction to help launch your home inspection business and memberships to Associations like ASHI and InterNACHI. Our online course is approved to meet most state pre-licensing requirements while our competitors’ are not and our textbooks provide more detail than our competitors’. With a pass rate of 90%, AHIT students have the highest passing rate on state exams.
Can I perform home inspections in one state while licensed in another states?
You can perform home inspections in numerous states as long as you meet the individual state’s requirements and take the proper exams each state requires. If additional training is needed, AHIT will take what you paid in your previous course and apply that to your new tuition.
What will be my total cost after all fees (exams, business startup, software, tools, etc.)?
The total cost of the program will include course cost + tools + software + marketing costs + insurance costs + state exam and registration fees. These will vary, and depend typically on what you believe you need to get started. We suggest prospective students peruse the actual course and take the opportunity to gain knowledge from our experienced instructors. All of our instructors have performed thousands of inspections and were business owners. They will be happy to provide advice on what is necessary to start your business and things you might want to look into in the future.
What is the average age of a home inspector?
The average age of a home inspector is between 35 and 60 years, but the industry includes those who became inspectors right out of high school and others who are in their 70s and even 80s.
Do I need a construction background to be a home inspector?
You do not need a construction background to be a home inspector, but a previous background in the trades will definitely be an advantage and will give you a nice head-start when moving forward in this profession. Our students include people from all different careers, which is why AHIT trains students from the ground up. Home inspectors are generalists who provide an expert opinion to the prospective home buyer on any issues found, letting them know if they should have an expert come out and look at the property.
What tools will I need to perform a home inspection?
To perform a home inspector, you will need a multi-tool inspection mirror, a high-powered flashlight, electrical testers (two-prong circuit tester, voltage indicator, GFCI tester), a combustible gas detector, a laser thermometer and a ladder. To assist you in preparing to start your business, AHIT provides a full startup tool kit on our website. To enhance the quality of your inspection, we also offer InspectIT reporting software that makes reporting more efficient and convenient for your clients.
Why should I go with your course and not your competitors?
AHIT’s program offers more than our competitors. With AHIT, you have access to a company that has trained more than 50,000 inspectors over more than 24 years, has the best instructors in the trade and can boast a 90% success rate for students on state and national exams. Real estate agents and mortgage companies will know that you have been properly trained if you hold certification from AHIT.
What about liability?
No matter what career path you choose there is always going to be a little liability involved. As a home inspector there are a lot of things an inspector can do to reduce their liability.
- Having the client follow you around the inspection reduces your liability by 75%
- Professional training where you learn how to perform a technical home inspection, proper verbiage to use when filling out the inspection report
- Easy to use and easy to understand inspection report so your client understands the home you inspected
- An inspection agreement outlines what will be inspected and what won’t be inspected
- Following the Standards of Practice
- Carrying the proper insurance (E & O )
- Unlimited tech support from AHIT If you use all of these risk management tools the likelihood of you being involved in a lawsuit is very very small.
What type of technical support do you offer?
We are the only school in the country that offers technical support 7 days a week where you will actually get to speak to an instructor if you are on an actual inspection.
Do you offer add-ons or ancillary services that I can add to my business?
AHIT is in the industry of training professional home inspectors and we realize the importance of offering ancillary services so we have partnered with industry experts that specialize in those specific fields such as radon, mold, energy, drones, termites, etc. Our ancillary offerings are state approved where applicable and will lead to certification they aren’t just PDF’s taken from someone else’s material.
What types of inspection reports are available for me to use?
We have two different offerings.
- is a written report that is 4 part carbonless paper so everyone gets a copy it also covers the areas you would need to inspect per the standards of practice and also has a built in inspection agreement.
- We have a digital reporting system we created called InspectIT that can be used on an Android or iOS device. It is fully customizable with built in comments, you can add pictures and create custom templates to speed up the time it takes to fill out an inspection report. Approximately 85% of home inspectors use a digital report.
Where can I get inspection tools?
AHIT has an online tool store where you can purchase everything you need for your home inspection business.
Do you offer discounts on Professional Liability insurance?
We work with insurance companies that offer our graduates 10-15% discounts on Errors and Omissions insurance. Call 800-441-9411 for details.