Home Inspection Basics

Home Inspection Basics


Course Credit Hrs.
Home Inspection Basics 3.00

‚Äč3 Elective Hours
How a professional home inspector identifies defects.

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  • The primary reason for a home inspection is to identity defects in the physical condition of the property. These defects can include problems in the plumbing system, heating/cooling systems, electrical systems, structural systems, roofing, siding, windows, and many other items.
    This course will help you assist your clients in choosing the right type of inspection needed. It will also provide the necessary resources to help buyers obtain complete information concerning the physical condition of the property they are purchasing.

    3 Elective Hours

  • You will learn the basic elements and procedures involved in conducting a residential home buyer inspection, which will help you assist your clients in choosing the right type of inspection for their needs.

    Section 1 – Why a Home Inspection 

    Section 2 – Types of Inspections
    • Basic Full Home Inspection
    • Radon
    • Lead
    • Mold
    • Asbestos
    • Formaldehyde and quiz
    • Energy and Structural
    • Mechanical Inspections and Plumbing

    Section 3 – Other Types of Inspections
    • Swimming Pools, Fireplace Inspections, and Private Wells
    • Septic Systems, and Code Compliance
    • Rental Licensing Inspections, Fire Inspections, FHA Inspections, VA Inspections, Other Lender Required Inspections, Soil Testing, and Environmental Inspections
    • Termite Inspections, Surveys and Lot Lines, and Foreclosed or Bank Owned Properties

    Section 4 – The Role of the Home Inspector in the Real Estate Transaction

    Section 5 – Inspection Standards 

    Section 6 – Conducting the Inspection
    • Inspection Results
    • Handling Complaints

    Section 7 – Case Studies
  • Subject Matter Expert:
    Richard Kilian

    Richard Kilian has been a residential home inspector for over thirty years and has inspected over 13,000 homes. In addition to buyer inspections, he is licensed with several different communities to provide point of sale city inspections. He was also licensed for 10 years as a residential building contractor. He attended the University of Texas at El Paso, The El Paso School of Electronics, the University of Minnesota, and Metro State University. He is currently inspecting homes, consulting, and lecturing real estate agents on home inspection issues.

    Instructor: Jim Luger
    Jim Luger has been a broker and instructor for over 30 years. He is a member of the Real Estate Educators Association, and is certified as an online instructor by the International Distance Education Certification Center (IDECC). You can contact Jim at Jim@ContinuingEdExpress.com.


Continuing Education Requirements
Licensees are required to complete 20 hours of approved continuing education courses for each two-year license period (January 1 of odd-numbered years through December 31 of even-numbered years), also referred to as the licensing biennium.
Licensees intending to renew their license on an active status by the renewal deadline of November 30 (even-numbered years) must complete 20 hours of approved continuing education courses during the biennium. The required continuing education hours include the commission designated core courses, which are offered in a two-part format (Core A and Core B), and the remaining courses as elective credit hours. Visit the Hawaii Real Estate Commission website for more information about continuing education requirements.

Continuing Ed Express submits course completion information to the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs. Licensees will receive certificates marked “elective” for elective courses and “core” for core courses after they complete each course.
BEFORE you purchase a course, check your continuing education history on the Hawaii Online Real Estate Continuing Education website to make sure you can receive continuing education credit for each course. According to Hawaii Administrative Rules, S 16-99-95 Duplicate continuing education hours: “Except as provided by the commission or by this subchapter, a licensee shall not take a continuing education course for which the licensee has already received a certificate within two consecutive biennia.”

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