Whether you are looking to launch a rewarding new career or you have years of experience in home inspection, this position offers the opportunity to join a growing firm and enjoy the stability of a regular salary and excellent benefits. This role provides a good deal of autonomy, and you will spend the majority of your time in the field conducting residential inspections for pre- purchase, environmental issues, and more. We provide the customers, scheduling support, a company vehicle, equipment, and more -- all you have to do is show up on time and do a great job. The team at Home-Probe is close-knit, highly professional, and committed to providing exceptional customer service -- and we have fun doing it.
Home-Probe, Inc., one of the top referred inspection companies in the southeast, has been specializing in building inspections since 2002. Our core purpose is to create better careers with fewer resources and we do that by setting the Gold Standard in the home inspection process.
While experience in home inspection would be ideal, as long as you have basic technical aptitude, strong interpersonal skills, and a customer service approach, we can teach you this industry. To be a good fit for the Inspector opportunity you should have:
Knowledge of or interest in learning about structures, mechanical and electrical systems, and building envelopes. Computer proficiency and familiarity with Microsoft Office
The physical ability to:
- Navigate attics and crawl spaces
- Walk a roof with moderate pitch without any fear of heights
- Lift 50 pounds
- A valid South Carolina driver's license
- A college degree is preferred but not required
- Backgrounds and experience that could be helpful:
- Property maintenance and/or management
- Real estate, residential construction or renovation, or construction project management
- Technical sales, technical writing, or technical teaching/training
- Customer Service or Issue Resolution
Just as important as your experience and skills will be the following characteristics and competencies:
- Strong interpersonal skills and an outgoing personality
- Self-motivation and the ability to achieve goals with minimal supervision
- Reliability and punctuality
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- The ability to solve problems and make decisions independently
- Strong organizational skills and a detail orientation
We'll conduct a background check. You will perform inspections throughout the Charleston and metro area. Home-Probe (including company vehicles) is a smoke free environment.
Travel is involved. Monthly meetings will be held in Atlanta, GA and travel is required at company expense. Ultimately this can be accomplished with teleconference but travel will be mandatory 2 days out of the month for at least the first 6 months of employment. There is a slight chance of working in a different city a few weeks out of the year in peak season(s).
You will join a team that includes four other Inspectors, and is growing. If you are new to home inspection, we'll start you with six weeks of training that includes hands-on learning in the field with experienced Inspectors. You also will study at home via an online course that transfers to ASHI CE credits.
Once you are up to speed, a typical day will include two inspections, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We'll provide a company vehicle, which you will take home so you can start your day from there. In general, we schedule the first appointment for 9 AM and the second for 1:30 PM.
In essence you will use your superior observation skills, technical knowledge and analysis to assess a home or building's structural and mechanical condition and convey your findings to our clients. You'll draft your reports on computer and transmit them via e-mail
Our customers are real estate brokers, buyers, sellers, and homeowners. You'll conduct inspections pre-purchase, pre-listing and maintenance, and also perform environmental testing for radon and mold.
Because demand is high on Saturdays, our Inspectors work a schedule that ensures we have coverage but also gives you two Saturdays off a month. You'll work Monday through Friday, and be off Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, then work Tuesday through Saturday, take Sunday off, and start the rotation again. We'll look to you to come into the office as needed for physical exchange of documents, payments and equipment.
Note: this description is intended to give you a general overview of the position and is not an exhaustive listing of duties and responsibilities.
Professional development -- even if you are already an experienced Inspector, we'll provide you with training and sponsor your membership and dues in the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Opportunities to attend the ASHI National Conference and local conferences, so you can stay up on your knowledge and build a professional network.
Focus on your core competency -- if you have a home inspection background, you know that this business is cyclical, with spring and summer being the busiest time of year. At Home-Probe you don't have to worry about drumming up business in winter, or any other time of year. We handle that, along with scheduling and administrative support. We even provide errors & omissions and liability insurance.
Autonomy and support -- no one will be looking over your shoulder, and we'll count on you to take care of business in a professional manner while you are out in the field. At the same time, we'll ensure you have the tools and resources you need, including a company vehicle (including maintenance and fuel); a computer, reporting software, and other job-related equipment; and a smartphone and plan. You also will be able to share ideas and insight with seasoned home inspection professionals on our staff.
Great environment -- our team takes pride in working well together; the atmosphere is casual, but the standards are high. Each person is dedicated to doing a great job so that it is easier for the next person to do his or her job, all with the goal of exceeding the expectations of our clients. Our ongoing growth and success feeds this sense of pride and creates an upbeat and positive culture.
Excellent compensation -- in addition to a competitive salary we offer comprehensive benefits, including health insurance for you and eligible dependents, a retirement plan, paid holidays, vacation days, and more.
Keys to Success
As you can see, we provide a lot, from education to insurance to tools. In return we'll expect a lot. You should leave every site with a sense of pride in knowing you did an excellent job, without cutting any corners. Your technical knowledge will be essential, but you also will need the interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with buyers, sellers, and real estate agents, among others.
The little things count, too. Things like being reliable and showing up on time. Meeting and exceeding client expectations on a regular basis. We have created a reputation and a thriving business and we can never take it for granted -- we'll count on you, like the rest of the team, to re-earn our reputation every day.