Skip to content

The Top States to be a Home Inspector

We analyzed home sales and number of home inspectors in
each state to give you the top states to start a home inspection business in.

Summary

  • Arizona and North Carolina remain in the top 5 states, with Massachusetts, Washington DC and Arkansas entering
  • Mississippi, Montana and Utah came in at the bottom
  • Data is based on number of homes sold in the last 30 days as of July 25th (Zillow) divided by the number of registered InterNACHI inspectors in each state
Top States to be a home inspector
A note on the data.

There are 600 MLS in the US. All with different data sharing contracts with Zillow. Getting accurate sales data is near impossible.

Zillow seems to be the most accurate aggregator of this data.

We compared the sold numbers to the MLS here in CO, and it was close enough to draw conclusions from.

The Full List

State Inspectors Closings L30 Days Inspections/Inspector/Month
Massachusetts 173 8,708 50.3
DC 17 855 50.3
Arizona 323 15,240 47.2
Arkansas 128 4,674 36.5
North Carolina 662 23,762 35.9
Wisconsin 289 10,104 35.0
Minnesota 311 9,628 31.0
Nevada 193 5,942 30.8
Delaware 54 1,639 30.4
Rhode Island 53 1,527 28.8
Iowa 159 4,557 28.7
Nebraska 84 2,322 27.6
Connecticut 204 5,569 27.3
Virginia 600 13,678 22.8
New York 882 18,622 21.1
Kentucky 261 5,302 20.3
Pennsylvania 914 18,557 20.3
Alaska 51 984 19.3
Ohio 1,085 20,745 19.1
South Carolina 404 7,713 19.1
Illinois 969 17,890 18.5
Tennessee 756 13,869 18.3
California 1,896 34,683 18.3
Indiana 491 8,974 18.3
New Jersey 736 13,043 17.7
Alabama 461 8,120 17.6
Michigan 800 13,874 17.3
Missouri 456 7,716 16.9
Maryland 652 10,359 15.9
Washington 810 12,759 15.8
Oregon 440 6,622 15.1
Louisiana 277 4,129 14.9
New Hampshire 179 2,592 14.5
Georgia 1,257 18,197 14.5
Maine 186 2,627 14.1
Vermont 71 978 13.8
Kansas 204 2,709 13.3
South Dakota 66 861 13.0
Hawaii 124 1,614 13.0
Oklahoma 505 6,100 12.1
West Virginia 163 1,792 11.0
Idaho 237 2,535 10.7
Colorado 1,135 11,399 10.0
Florida 5,090 50,721 10.0
New Mexico 186 1,733 9.3
North Dakota 82 714 8.7
Texas 2,178 16,687 7.7
Wyoming 63 390 6.2
Mississippi 170 586 3.4
Montana 226 628 2.8
Utah 282 581 2.1

How This Data Can be Used

Most inspectors don't know what percentage of market share they own.

When they do, we're impressed. More inspectors should know these numbers. Hence this research.

At Spectora, we think every home inspector that has visions of growing needs to know their market's numbers.

How many listings and closings are happening each month, and how much share of that you're getting. Or want to get.

This should be extremely motivating to existing inspectors (in any state) to see how many closings are happening each month.

If you're thinking about getting in the home inspection game..

Then this data might be helpful to you. If there is high number of home sales and low number of home inspectors, like in Arizona for example, then it could be a good place to become a home inspector.

Data is changing quickly nowadays with rates and the economy. June was a month of transition with higher mortgage rates settling in. We will continue to seek out accurate and updated data as the year progresses.

 

Notes on the Data

  • This was done under the assumption that most home inspectors are members of InterNACHI. (90+% of surveyed Spectora users are members of InterNACHI) ASHI doesn't publish their numbers. Data could be skewed in states were ASHI is more prominent.
  • Some states may have underreported closing data from Zillow, due to contracts with different MLS platforms.

Do you think your state is a great state to be a home inspector in? Let us know in the comments!

free trial cta