Qualified Home Inspector, Andrew Nicholls, completed his SAVA
qualification in early 2007. Here he tells us about why he decided to enter
into this new career and the opportunities he sees ahead.
"Having been in the building industry for almost 25 years, I thought I
was well positioned to make the transition to the role of a Home Inspector and
become involved in Home Information Packs.
The six-months of study to qualify were quite challenging, however, my
experience in building and house repairs was quite useful. While many
undertaking the course didn't have the same kind of industry background as I
did, this didn't matter - as the training is tailored for various levels.
Having only recently qualified, I've been making contact with a number of
local businesses including Pack providers, solicitors and estate agents, to
profile the Home Inspector role and generate some business.
I've compiled a few Packs as part of the Area Trials - some Packs with only
the Energy Performance Certificate and others with the voluntary Home
Condition Report. Some sellers were a bit confused about what would be
included in their Pack, but explaining the process as I've been undertaking
inspections has really helped consumers to understand what we're looking for
People have also been quite impressed with the EPC and the recommendations
that it outlines to improve the energy efficiency of their property. People
don't really understand the current state of their property, or the simple
steps that they can take to make improvements - which will also save them
money. A lot of people wrongly believe that to make energy efficiency
improvements to their property, they need to spend a lot of money. While some
measures do require a significant investment, there are several that don't.
Having been in the building industry for some time, it's hard to believe
that a property - that people spends thousands of pounds on - to date has not
had any sort of report on its condition. As Home Information Packs become
commonplace, I think we'll see increased demand from consumers for the
voluntary Home Condition Report. If a property doesn't have one, buyers will
wonder what the seller is trying to hide."