Frequently Asked Questions

Make an Informed Choice About Your Home Inspection Career

Here's a list of frequently asked questions about home inspection - from taking an online home inspection course to transitioning into your career. If you don't see your question below, please give us a call at (800) 617-3513. A helpful representative is available to assist you with all of your learning needs.


What is a real estate home inspection?

A real estate home inspection is a basic assessment of a home's primary condition and is based on a simple visual evaluation and operational testing of a home's vital components.


Are home inspections required for home sales?

There’s a reason why the U.S. Department of Labor predicts a dramatic increase in the need for home inspectors through the next decade. More and more, home buyers are making the sale of a home contingent upon the home’s quality. Home inspectors are needed to provide concise inspection reports on the property’s quality.

While home inspections are not generally required for a home sale, they are certainly becoming the norm, as home buyers are increasingly seeking to be more informed about one of their most important financial decisions, and employing home inspectors to get them there. That is where solid home inspection training steps in.


What do home inspectors inspect? What does their job consist of?

Home inspectors assess a home’s basic components, including the structure, exterior, roof, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, appliances and interior. Apart from conducting inspections, home inspectors spend their day preparing reports, speaking with prospective customers, and working with real estate agents.


Do I need a college degree or any higher level of education?

No. You do not need a college degree to become a home inspector. Becoming a home inspector through Allied’s home inspection training course is an excellent option for those who want to get into a growing industry and enjoy a solid career, but who don’t have a degree, and aren’t interested in spending hours in a classroom. Please note that some states require tht you pass an exam to become licensed - Allied's courses provide the foundation you need.


Do I need industry experience?

While basic experience in construction or home building helps, it is by no means a prerequisite to become a home inspector. All you need is an interest in working in the housing and real estate industry, and home inspection training to know what to look for during real estate home inspections.

Allied’s online home inspection classes will prepare you to conduct inspections with ease. The biggest detriment to aspiring home inspectors is that they think they have to know how to build homes in order to inspect them. Not so. Allied’s home inspection training school will thoroughly prepare you to conduct accurate home inspections, even if you don’t have experience in construction. Our easy-to-read text and guided lessons will have you speaking “home inspection” in a matter of weeks.


What type of home inspection training do I need?

To become a home inspector, you need basic home inspection training courses in the primary components of a house, including its structure, exterior, roof, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling, appliances and interior. Allied provides that training in a way that’s easy and flexible. Online learning means you can study when and where you want. With Allied, you can get your home inspection training on your own time in the comfort of your own home.


What are the employment options for home inspectors?

Home inspectors have a solid set of career options, thanks in part to the flexibility that conducting a real estate home inspection offers. This is no 9-to-5, sit-behind-a-desk-all-day, and report-to-a-boss job. Home Inspectors set their own schedules, and have plenty of options. While some home inspectors opt to work full time for a home inspection company, even more opt to branch out on their own and create their own lucrative home inspection careers where the opportunities are limitless.

Most home sales require a home inspection, and real estate agents, brokers, and lenders all need inspection professionals to verify the general condition of a house prior to purchase. By partnering with local agencies and brokerages, you can quickly build a profitable home inspection career, while working according to your own schedule, free from the constraints of a routine job.


What license/certification do I need?

There are 23 states that require that you pass a nationally-recognized exam and become licensed. And many professional inspection associations require passing the National Home Inspector Exam for membership. Allied’s Home Inspection training course meets the education requirements for most states. Call today for more details.  


How can Allied help me get started?

Once you’ve decided to prepare for a home inspection career, Allied will provide you with all the information you need to get started. Simply enroll online or give us a call at (800) 617-3513. We’re happy to provide you with the assistance you need. The website also provides you with information about the course, the benefits of selecting an Allied education and starting a home inspection career. In a short period of time, you'll be on your way to a new career.


Hoes does Allied's courses prepare me to become a home inspector?

Allied's home inspection course gives you everything you need to succeed in this profitable and growing career. We prepare you with the most relevant course topics that will enable you to conduct reliable and accurate home inspections, and the nature of our online house inspection classes will give you quick and easy training that you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home, at your own schedule and pace. Allied’s comprehensive house inspection classes use textbooks (both online and hardcopy versions) written exclusively for home inspectors by home inspection professionals with years of experience in the field - real-world case studies, and “what to look for” checklists will give you the knowledge of an experienced home inspector.

What’s more, our Real Homes - Real Inspections DVD takes you on 15 separate home inspections and covers over 75 common home defects in two hours, giving you the real-life experience in your home inspection training that other online programs don’t offer.

As an aspiring home inspector, we also provide you with the tools and resources you need to build a solid home inspection career, and even start a home inspection business.


How do Allied's courses compare to other schools?

At Allied, you get the advantage of partnering with a nationally accredited home inspection school without paying more for it. Our home inspection programs are competitively priced with other online training options that don’t offer the same quality courses that you'll get from an accredited school.


Can you really get your home inspection training online?

Of course. In fact, it’s the most convenient and inexpensive way to become a home inspector, and with Allied, you get the advantages of a traditional live course and more without spending extra money and countless hours in a classroom.


Can home inspectors specialize in a certain expertise?

Yes. Many home inspectors offer specialized inspection services that are not covered in a general home inspection, including mold testing, termite inspections, swimming pool and spa inspections, well and septic system inspections, home maintenance inspections, troubleshooting inspections for homes with problems, prelisting inspections for homes about to be sold, and inspections of new homes throughout the construction process or at the pre-delivery stage.

Lead, asbestos, and carbon monoxide testing as well as radon testing and commercial building inspections are other specializations. Getting home inspection training in a specialization will not only increase the number of real estate home inspections you can conduct, but it will also increase how much money you can make per inspection, as home inspectors charge more for specialty inspections.


Where can I get more home inspection training information?

To get complimentary information on our home inspection training course and how to start working on your new home inspection career today, click here.

Still have questions? Call us at (800) 617-3513 for assistance today - our reps have the answers you need.