Home inspector licensing has been a trend across the nation for quite some time. My state, Connecticut, has had a licensing requirement for around nine years. Washington, home of the naked inspector Charles Buell, has become one of the newest states to adopt a licensing law for home inspectors.
What exactly does a license mean to a consumer shopping for a home inspector? Does it show experience? Expertise? Or simply the licensee has passed a minimum set of requirements to be given the privilege to perform the job of home inspector.
Too often consumers call my office and ask if I am licensed. An obligatory question at best, but certainly not a probing inquiry. Often this question is accompanied by the other standard; are you insured? The next if not the only question is what are your rates?
Having a license does not in any way show level of expertise or care at performing the work. Everyone who drives a car has a license and we all know how well some people drive.
It therefore becomes imperative to dig a little deeper into the home inspectors' background. Peel back the proverbial onion and see how many layers are present. The more layers you find would tend to suggest more depth and care. After all it takes time and effort to be multilayered.
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