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Richard Weeks
Dallas, TX
REALTOR®, Broker

I would guess in Baltimore homes are inspected every day.  Are you willing to work hard for your fair share?

Aug 06, 2019 08:17 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

My nail chick was just asking me about this. Okay, so first fulfill State requirements, probably including apprenticeship. Figure out how much money you need to make and how much you will need to charge in order to be competitive, work out a business plan. Then you need to figure out how many homes are sold in your market area. That shouldn't be hard, public record. Then anticipate what your market share might be keeping in mind that when you start it'll be a slow grow. What kind of cost will be involved? You'll need to be heavily insured and bonded. Inspections take several hours so realistically you probably can't do more than one or two per day. You may want to also get licensed as a pest inspector and incorporate that into your inspections. Many do.

Aug 06, 2019 08:38 AM
Jeff Pearl
RE/MAX Distinctive / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

I think there is always a market for experienced well trained and knowlegable home inspectors.

Aug 06, 2019 08:35 AM
Dan & Laurie Pittsenbarger Team
Keller Williams Western Realty - Bellingham, WA
Lakeside & Coastal Single Family Homes

Like Jeff Pearl said, there's always a market for any biz that provides great service at a good price.

Aug 06, 2019 09:18 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

I have no idea. I don't work in the Baltimore market. 

Aug 06, 2019 08:58 AM
Annette Lawrence , Palm Harbor, FL 727-420-4041
ReMax Realtec Group - Palm Harbor, FL
Making FLORIDA Real Estate EZ

As long as homes are being sold, there will be a market.

However, the challenge is not about the existing market but how you will connect to your potential customer.

Most inspectors create working relationships with the rainmakers.

Others depend on the franchise they work for.

And still others are business owners who know they must invest in local advertising to attract citizen buyers and sellers.

Asking if there is a market suggests more research is needed.

HINT: meet-up with a few rainmakers and develop solutions that create distinction.

Aug 06, 2019 08:23 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

The market can always use a good and ethical home inspector. Congratulations

Aug 06, 2019 03:23 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

wherever real estate is sold, there is a demand for home inspectors...

Aug 06, 2019 10:16 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Great information from others here. I suggest that you also talk to at least three local inspection companies to get an idea of what to expect and, perhaps, if there are hiring inspectors.

There would be as major difference, of course, in starting your own company and starting as an inspector for an established inspection company.

Good luck!

Aug 06, 2019 09:39 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Of course.  Many questions of you are sure to follow.  Try answering those questions yourself.   What is your previous experience? Do you know people?  How do you want to start?  Why should someone hire you?  Either as an employee or as an inspector?  These questions are not in any order but hopefully gives you a start with some serious self-talk as well as getting to understand the market.  

Aug 06, 2019 09:18 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services

I have no idea.  Do your research and conduct your own due diligence on the market. Find out who the top inspectors are ... if there are top inspectors. How many homes are sold in a month/year on average?  The list goes on and on.  I wish you all the best. 

Aug 06, 2019 09:16 AM
Sandy Padula & Norm Padula, JD, GRI
HomeSmart Realty West & Florida Realty Investments - , CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

It is a lot of work for little pay and very hazardous too. I am sure there is a market wherever homes are turning over

Aug 06, 2019 04:43 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

You will need to have the ability to generate relationships with the real estate professionals who will refer purchasers.

Aug 06, 2019 01:27 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I'm guessing there is always a market anywhere if you are good at what you do Daniel Tucker .

Aug 06, 2019 12:42 PM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

I'd look at how many homes sell in a given month and try and figure out how many inspectors there are.  Then determine if the ratio of inspectors to sales is good enough for you.  That's a basic level.  Probably best to also contact the inspector association/trade group/etc. to see what it's like for their members.  Be aware, they may try and sell you.

Aug 06, 2019 11:40 AM
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Not sure that would be my career choice. Good luck.

Aug 06, 2019 05:16 PM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You have good answers.  Connect with someone from Baltimore.  Good people are always needed regardless of the profession.  A

Aug 06, 2019 03:27 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

They seem to keep busy all over.

Aug 06, 2019 03:26 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

What you do to attract business is up to you!

Aug 07, 2019 04:06 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

I would not know, am in Denver.  Good luck.

Aug 22, 2019 05:14 PM
Valeria Mola
SIB Realty - Miami, Sunny Isles Beach - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
305-607-0709 SIB Realty Condos for Sale and Rent

Sure, there is.

Aug 16, 2019 04:16 PM