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Women in the Home Inspection Industry

Posted by Olivia Hunt on Oct 2, 2012 2:32:00 PM

Sheila Corman, Home InspectorDid you know that only 1.6% of all Home Inspectors are women?*

We were just as surprised as you are to learn there are so few female Home Inspectors in North America.  While Home Inspection is a male dominated industry, we believe there are numerous reasons why women should consider this profession.   Women can bring a unique perspective to Home Inspection and often establish good working relationships with their clients due to their ability to connect with a variety of homeowners while putting them at ease. 

So what is it like as a female Home Inspector?  We recently conducted an interview with a female Home Inspector who works at Carson Dunlop to provide some insight into the profession.  Sheila Corman joined the industry after working in several fields which involved a large amount of physical labour. She began to look for a profession that was less physically exhausting and stressful on her body, which made becoming a Home Inspector a natural fit. Not only did Sheila graduate with distinction from her Home Inspection training program, she now teaches it at Seneca College! When asked whether gender plays a role in her job, Sheila explained:

“Absolutely, but I think it does so in a positive way. As a woman the intimidation factor goes down and communication goes up. I mean of course there are still some stereotypical comments and more often than not I’m not what clients are necessarily expecting, but the inspection report and the results speak for themselves.”

Sheila is quite the busy individual too – she teaches, performs Home Inspections and also plays a very active role in her daughter’s life. If you’d like to view Sheila’s profile and the full interview, visit our Graduate Success & Testimonials.  Women like Sheila are taking advantage of the numerous opportunities available to them. Regardless of whether you are male or female, Home Inspection can be a great career choice. Individuals that choose to pursue this profession share a passion for homes and a love of interacting with new people on a daily basis. Interested in learning more? Download our Home Inspection Training Catalogue.

*SOURCE: American Society of Home Inspectors, 2011 Home Inspections Business Operations Survey

Topics: Home Inspection Training