House Calls

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Training is a must to become a home inspector, even if you have construction experience. Many companies offer training courses, as do most of the national and state chapters of the home-inspection associations

Ruiz began his training with an intensive two-week program to find out whether he was really interested in the business. Then he offered his services to home inspectors--free of charge--in exchange for on-the-job experience.

Licensing for home-inspection services is controversial, and the regulations vary widely among the states. Some states have tough licensing or certification requirements; in other states, anyone with a ladder and a few business cards can set up shop as a home inspector. Find out from realtors and other home inspectors about the regulations that govern licensing in your state and any neighboring states where you might want to do business.

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This article was originally published in the February 1998 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: House Calls.

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