Home Inspection Basics

Home Inspection Basics


Course Credit Hrs.
Home Inspection Basics 3.00
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.
  • 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.


According to MN Statute 45.30 (c), “A Licensee must not receive credit for more than eight hours of continuing education in one day.” The date you receive credit for our courses is the date you complete the final exam, according to Central Standard Time. It is your responsibility to keep track of how many credits you have earned each day.

Continuing Ed Express will submit your MN real estate continuing education course completions to the Minnesota Dept. of Commerce through Pulse Portal. Please enter your correct MN real estate license number at the end of each course in order to avoid delays in reporting. Visit PulsePortal.com to review your CE course completion history. 

Visit the Minnesota Department of Commerce website for information about continuing education requirements.

Need to get your real estate license? See our Minnesota Pre-License information.

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