As a working home inspector, and an instructor of home inspection for the state college system, people often ask me if they should do their own home inspection. Usually, even if someone has worked as a carpenter or a builder, it is still a bad idea. A competent home inspector, in Washington State, is trained to detect subtle problems in many different areas and systems that are not necessarily familiar to a builder; for example, wood destroying organisms, electrical, plumbing and heating systems. I designed a simple, interactive, online test that scores you as you go, for those people thinking about doing their own home inspection. It lets a person assess his or her abilities in the field and it can be enlightening. If you as a homeowner, a buyer, a realtor or any other professional in a related field, would like to try the test, I have provided a link. I host it just for fun at my site, and no data is tracked, no cookies are collected so give it a try if you like. No strings attached! Here is the link: click on it, or if that does not work, paste it in your browser, it should open right up for you.
Thanks for reading,
Steven L. Smith