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Course Description


The home inspection field is one that has been rapidly growing since its inception in the mid-1970s. Not only are they an important part of every home buying purchase, but the industry also relies upon people that are knowledgeable in the field. This course covers all aspects of home inspections and is a great educational tool for anyone considering hiring a home inspector, and more importantly, someone looking to become one. Lessons in this course cover everything from the basics of what is included in an inspection, and in-depth information as to what inspectors look for when it to comes to plumbing, electrical, and all other areas of the home, both inside and out. Students taking this course can expect to learn home inspection 101, the basic tools of the trade, the role ethics play in home inspections, and how to conduct an inspection.


Students will also learn about red flag issues such as mold, radon, and carbon monoxide, as well as how routine maintenance can extend the life of a home. The course rounds out with everything one needs to know in order to start their home inspection business and keep it successfully running.

This course features helpful checklists, examples, links to sites of interest and videos, and an introduction to everything one needs to know about the home inspection field. Whether you are someone interested in knowing more about what it takes to be a home inspector, how it can help you in the home purchasing process, or are ready to start your own home inspection business, this course has you covered!

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Outline


I.              Home Inspection 101

A.   What is a home inspection

B.   Why and when they are done

C.   Who does them

D.   What to expect, etc.

E.   Who uses home inspections and in what way

                                          i.    Home owners

                                        ii.    Home buyers

                                       iii.    Realtors

                                       iv.    Professional home inspectors

II.            Basic Tools of the Trade

A. Tools that will needed to do the job

1. hardware tools

                        2. software or forms if doing it professionally

     III. The Role Ethics Plays in Home Inspection

                        1. honesty, disclosure

     IV. Starting outside

A.   What to look for outside of the house

B.   Landscaping (broken sprinklers, soft spots, etc.)

C.   Concrete cracks, uneven, etc.

D.   Driveway, porches, patios, steps

  1. Inspecting the structure

A.   Starting with the roof

B.   Structural inspection

C.   Crawl spaces

     VI. Inspecting Interiors

D.   Kitchens and Bathrooms

   VII. Doors and windows

   VIII. Walls, floors, ceilings and stairs

     IX. Garages, Attics, Basements

    X. Plumbing Inspections

E.   Electrical Inspections

F.    Heating & Cooling Inspections

XI.          Other possible areas to inspect

                                                          A.      Fireplaces, chimney’s

                                                           B.      Siding

                                                           C.      Swimming pools

XII.         How insects, vermin and decay play a role

H.                How to identify the problems

XIII.       Red Flag Issues

a.    Mold

b.    Leaks

c.    Fire hazards

d.    Radon or other chemical issues

e.    Asbestos in older structures

XIV.      Routine Home Maintenance Issues

a.    How they help

b.    What to keep up on

XV.        Conducting an Inspection

a.    Following a checklist

b.    Documenting findings

c.    Remaining neutral

XVI.      Entering the Home Inspection Career Field

a.    What the career entails

b.    Field outlook

c.    Necessary experience and other requirements

d.    Working for others versus starting your own business

XVII.     Starting and Being Successful with Your own Home Inspection Business

a.    How to get your own business started

b.    State laws and requirements

c.    Keeping it legal

d.    Having insurance

e.    Business basics

f.     Getting business

g.    Promoting your business

h.    Setting your price

XVIII.    Questions to ask an inspector or be prepared to answer if you are doing the inspection

a.    Frequently asked questions in home inspection

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe basic tools of the trade.
  • Describe the role ethics plays in home inspection.
  • Know what's included in a home inspection.
  • Describe how to inspect roofs and crawl spaces.
  • Describe how to inspect kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Describe door and window inspections.
  • Describe how to inspect ceilings, floors, garages, attics, and basements.
  • Describe plumbing inspections.
  • Know how to inspect the electrical, heating and cooling.
  • Identify red flag issues.
  • Know routine home maintenance issues.
  • Describe the inspection process, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

Assessment Guide

Assessment Points
Lesson 1: Significance of Home inspection25
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2: Home Inspection Hardware25
Lesson 2 Exam9
Lesson 3: Ethics of Home Inspector25
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4: Standard Home Inspection25
Lesson 4 Exam10
Lesson 5: Outdoor Inspection25
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6: Identifying Leaks in Roofs25
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8: Inspections in Both Sides25
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Exam10
Lesson 10 Exam10
Lesson 11 Exam10
Lesson 12: Electrical, Heating and Cooling inspections25
Lesson 12 Exam10
Lesson 13 Exam9
Lesson 14: Insects and Vermin25
Lesson 14 Exam10
Lesson 15 Exam10
Lesson 16: Sample Checklists25
Lesson 16 Exam10
Lesson 17 Exam9
Lesson 18: Get Started with Home Inspection.25
Lesson 18 Exam10
The Final Exam84
Total Points:536

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