I think the field training part of home inspections is one of the best ways to learn. We have walked our students around our neighborhood more than 40 times. It is one thing to learn about “stucco” in the classroom, and something totally different to actually see and touch it.

One of my favorite buildings we check out on field training day. “Is that stucco?”

Traditional hard coat stucco has many look alike products, and some are impossible to distinguish without touching the siding. We have looked at the local structures so many times, we have a great set of examples we show our classes.

Of course, we check out all the real estate offices. “Is that stucco?”

Wood siding comes in many styles and this building across the street has both wood shingles and cedar bevel siding.

Wood siding has lots of products that look similar, but this is real wood.

The very next building has a wood look alike product, and without a careful examination, you can’t tell. It is always an eye opening experience to see and touch all the similar looking products. These are things you just can’t learn in the classroom.

That is a wood look alike product, made from fiber cement.

All licensed Home Inspectors in Washington State must have 40 hours of field training on actual inspection sites supervised by a licensed home inspector, with a minimum of five actual complete home inspections.

For more information about becoming Home Inspector, give us a call, we love to talk about home inspection careers. 206-295-4330.

JJ Greive

JJ & Suzanne are both licensed, highly skilled inspectors and educators. We are the authors of our class curriculum, and truly enjoy sharing this with our students