Child Safety Home Inspector
February 15, 2011
While most folks think of home and building inspectors as people whose job it is to check the structural and mechanical condition of structures before or after a real estate sale, many work in the specific role of a Child Safety Inspector. You, too, may find that a career as this kind of inspector is a good fit for you and a wonderful way to make a living or create pathways to additional monthly and yearly income.
If you are not yet certified to do home inspections, then you should know that there are many different ways to practice this high-demand profession. All of them pay well and generally afford invaluable perks such as being self-employed, setting your own hours and choosing your own projects and clients, or establishing yourself as an entrepreneurial small business owner with the real estate and building construction industry.
If you go into the field and decide to get certified to do child safety inspections you not only give yourself a great way to build a high-paying career but you also provide a path to a career that will be personally rewarding and satisfying. Those who work as child safety inspectors go to bed at night knowing that they have not only provided a valuable service to homeowners in their community but they have contributed in ways that will improve the health, well being, and quality of life for children. Sometimes that means that kids are safer and more secure, and at other times it could mean that through your work as a Child Safety Inspector you actually helped to save the life of a child or prevent a boy or girl from experiencing a tragic accident and injury.
In practical terms your role will be to visit sites – which might be residential homes, apartment buildings, playgrounds, schools, churches, day care facilities, or even summer camps – and evaluate them in terms of child safety. This might mean examining the electrical wiring, the appliances, or the smoke and fire detection systems. You may be responsible for making sure that the stairways are safe for kids and that there are no warning signs of hazardous mold, pest or insect infestation, or malfunctioning hot water taps. You may be advising parents about the safety of playground equipment or consulting with them regarding intelligent and affordable methods for child-proofing a home. It could even involve looking for environmental hazards that range from gas leaks and radon seepage to the presence of dangerous household chemicals, and that kind of investigation means that you may need an environmental inspector on your team. That could be you, which suddenly provides you another avenue of income, or it could be a colleague you call in for consultation.
These days everyone – especially those who are in a construction, building industry, or real estate related field – are being urged to diversify themselves to add enhanced market value and income potential. Those who are restricted to just one profession or specialty find it much harder to survive harsh economic cycles that may be particularly unkind to their particular field or line of work. But if you have ways to balance out your career by demonstrating marketable expertise in more than one area it can be a real boon – in both good times and bad.
That’s why we see many home inspectors, including those who have become accustomed to relying primarily on buyer ordered house inspections, making changes that expand their options and opportunities. Investing in training as a Child Safety Inspector, for example, is a great way to win new clients, create ways to generate more business and revenue from existing clients, and to branch out into new and lucrative markets that include private, public, residential, and commercial contract work.
So if you are already licensed and certified as a home inspector, you may want to consider the value-added benefits of certification to perform child safety inspections. Some inspectors get their additional training and skill acquisition while still working full time – thanks to streamlined courses, online programs, and other educational formats tailored to the working professional or business owner. Others who run an inspection business may decide to add an intern with a child safety educational background, to create incentives for fully licensed and experienced members of their home inspection team to get additional child safety credentials. Or they take the time to get their own certifications to earn more money and a bigger market share while adding additional credibility and dimensions to their personal or company brand and image.
Explore the potential that you can derive from becoming a Child Safety Inspector and offering these valuable services, and you may discover a whole new career for yourself and your industry colleagues.
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