Key Skills Required
A home inspector looks into the structural soundness, condition of roof, walls, tiles, and flooring, state of plumbing, electrical wiring, insulation, and ventilation, and other issues related to the building under inspection. This requires a thorough and specific knowledge about building construction and related aspects.
Training programs offered by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI), the National Association of Home Inspectors Inc. (NAHI), and some community colleges will help you gain a theoretical competency in the field. Success however, demands some practical exposure, best gained by working as an assistant for some time.
The generic skills required for success include: good management and organization skills, a technical way of thinking, ability to strike up a good rapport with people, analytical skills, and good communication skills to pass on the message clearly. The work requires getting your hands dirty, climbing up on roofs, and crawling across spaces, to name but a few.