All Collections
Resources for Host Families
Virtual Home Inspections → FAQs
Virtual Home Inspections → FAQs

Here's everything you need to know about our home inspections. Discover what it is, why we do it and how to prepare.

Updated over a week ago

What is the virtual home inspection?

Before student arrival, every host must undergo a virtual home inspection and onboarding interview. During this meeting, you will connect with one of our dedicated team members (via Zoom) and you will be asked to give us a walk-through of your home, including the student's room, bathroom, etc. Most home inspections only take about 30 minutes.

💡 Tip: Bring your questions to this meeting! This is a great opportunity for us to answer any additional questions you may have about hosting. We want you to feel confident, prepared and excited about this new venture.

Why is this required?

Home inspections are an important part of our host family onboarding and vetting process. The purpose of this meeting is for us to quickly verify that your new international student will be living in a safe and comfortable environment during their time abroad. This is part of our process to cultivate positive experiences, prioritize student safety and comply with CSIET homestay standards.

When do I need to take this step?

Hosts are not required to begin the onboarding and vetting process until they are matched with an international student (→ learn more about student availability). During the onboarding process, our team will reach out to you and send you a link to schedule this meeting.

How to prepare for your virtual home inspection:

  • Make sure your internet, video camera and audio are all working properly

  • Please download/use Zoom for this video call

  • Please be inside your home during this call (to complete the home inspection)

  • Please have your I.D. and banking/direct deposit information ready (so that we can pay you when you start hosting 💸)

If you are planning to host a student under the age of 18:

  • All adult residents (18+) must be present for the home inspection and a government issued ID will be needed to begin.

Need to schedule your inspection?

Once you have passed this home inspection and all necessary background checks have been approved, you will be ready to start hosting an international student. 🎉

Did this answer your question?