Your home inspection and the franchise home inspection operator

I had a prospective client call me the other day regarding a home inspection in the Orillia area I serve. I quickly discovered that even after many years of doing this type of work some questions can still take me by surprise. Her question to me was how was I better than a local national franchise operator. Well I know about the 600 hours of home inspection specific education I have, and I know I have over 40 years in building construction and renovation, but, I was unable to answer because I had no Idea what requirements a franchise operator had to meet training wise to become a home Inspector. I decided after I got off the phone to find out. I was in for a shock.

I began as so many of us do nowadays by beginning a web search. Typing a request into a search engine for home inspection franchises I came up with several to choose from and so as to be fair I chose one from each of the first five pages to look at. In no special order there was Lighthouse Home Inspections, Global Property Inspections™, Pillar to Post home Franchises and your Home Inspector

inspection, A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections, and AmeriSpec of Canada. I went to the official home page for each and delved into the individual web sited to see if I could find out how much home inspection specific training they offered and what, if any, outside training or experience they required for their home inspectors.

On Lighthouse home inspections franchise page I find this statement. Lighthouse is looking for business minded, focused and motivated people to join the team. Though a background in the home industry is helpful, it is not mandatory. Wow, no experience, background or outside training necessary. Then I read on a little further to find “ Our field training includes several mock inspections and attendance at various homes, so you will be experienced from the moment you start your business. Then further into the site I find this statement: The Lighthouse Home inspection training course provides both in-class and extensive field training, including technical, customer service, sales, marketing and office management.