Why You Should Choose
A Better School of
1. We have been training home inspectors for over 16 years.
Very few home inspection training companies can say that. We pioneered the use of DVDs/videos to show inspection defects. Other companies have tried to copy our techniques, but nothing matches the original. In states that
have recently begun licensing home inspectors, training schools seem to pop up
overnight. Some big publishing companies have even recently entered the field. Has
anyone at these companies ever even done a home inspection?
2. All our high quality material has been developed by actual home inspectors with years of experience.
We pattern our program after
the way home inspectors are trained in actual home inspection firms. New employees are typically taken on a number
of inspections, sometimes as many as 300 to 500 (even if they have decades of construction
experience) to see enough defects so they won't walk right by them when they get out on their own.
We do the same thing, we emphasize
showing you the defects.
Identifying defects is the heart of a home inspection.We show you close to 2,000 real life
defects and scenes in the DVDs and many more in the field exercises.
With our DVDs, you see actual defects from hundreds of
homes throughout the United States. (A competitor copied our idea, but
they have less than 1/3rd the scenes, and their scenes are from Canada).
3. We are a legitimate training company.
Our training is approved in most states (click here for your state). We are
longtime affiliates of ASHI and NAHI, the two oldest and respected home inspection associations. We are also a member of the
Better Business Bureau On-Line with an A+ rating.
Watch out for
companies that say they will certify you. Certification is left up to the
states. When states do certify, they never recognize the "certification"
from these companies.
Watch out for
companies that offer you "free
membership" in questionable associations. Often free, so-called associations have been established by the
training company and are not recognized by the IRS as a not-for-profit
association, nor are they recognized by others in the home inspection
two oldest recognized associations are NAHI and ASHI.
Watch out for companies that offer you free inspector
"tools" such as a ruler, compass, or methods to read blue prints. Such
"tools" are not even used in actual inspections.
4. We only do inspector training.
our training material has been developed by actual experienced home inspectors. Plus,
we get right into home inspection.We don't waste your time. We don't teach locksmithing, tax preparation, medical
5. We specialize in home study training.
You get to keep the DVDs and Manuals. We believe they are such great reference materials that you will want to use them often, even after you complete the course. With most on-line courses you are allowed to view the material only once or twice and then you no longer have access, and have nothing to show for your money. With home study, you can go at your own speed. Class members aren't slowing you down or forcing you ahead. There are no travel costs and no missed work.
6. Our costs are very reasonable.
We offer a
great product at a great price. We keep prices down
to benefit you. We want to help people get into the home inspection
business. We feel it is one of those occupations where you can earn a
decent living without having to go to college for 4-8 years.
Other training companies that charge huge amounts of money
encourage you to buy their expensive course by saying "You get what you pay for." What they don't tell you is
that a large amount of the money you pay them goes directly to an association for
its endorsement, to pay for telemarketers, expensive advertising, etc. So actually you are paying for something you don't
7. We don't use
telemarketers to keep calling and bugging you. In fact, the only
time we will call is when you ask us to.
8. We don't try to sell you unnecessary equipment.
We realize that most of the tools
inspectors use can be purchased at local hardware stores for much cheaper than
through inspection catalogues.
9. We are recognized by E&O Insurance companies.
Most insurance companies will not sell
you E&O insurance unless you are properly trained. See
www.allenins.com/Home_Inspectors.html and www.orep.org/home-inspectors-e&o.htm to learn more about this insurance.
10. We teach marketing
We tell you about some marketing techniques that some home inspectors have used to earn over $100,000 a year--in some cases charging more than anyone else in their area and still turning down business. We also warn you about illegal marketing techniques you should avoid.
11. We cover exam topics
We firmly believe that the best way to improve an
individual's chances of passing a test is to be sure to provide
them with the published home inspector technical topics on that exam. We
have heard about other programs that guarantee you will pass the exam or you can
come back and take their course again. If they don't cover the topics, what
good is it to pay travel, hotel and meals, to go back and take a course
for free, which didn't even help in the first place? It should be noted that
code and new construction related questions on their exam. We feel strongly that
this is not appropriate. Home inspectors do not do code inspections. But, in our
effort to assist you, we suggest that you take our New Construction Inspection
Please note, NAHI's exam is a true home inspector exam.
We cover pertinent topics
Unless you plan on
exclusively doing new construction inspections, current building codes and standards will
not help you evaluate older or existing homes as much as knowing what problem items affect
the condition of those homes. Although some programs
claim they teach you how to do a home inspection, too often entire books, or a
large percentage of the pages or diagrams in their manual(s) are devoted to how items are
installed. This is poor assistance
for visually learning what defects to look for in existing homes.
13. We teach liability issues
Every business has liability issues they must comply with. Almost everyone is interested in reducing liability. We believe we cover this topic much better than anyone. We explain the law principles that generally apply to home inspectors. We walk you through 9 actual home inspector cases. Remember, this is an area where you want to know the information up front, not after the fact. The better you understand your responsibility, the better you serve your client.
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