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Home Inspector with Home Helpers Inc.

I just wanted to let you know that I have already adopted the new standardized report format set forth by the Home Inspector Licensure Board set to go into effect 12/01/07. This together with the recent changes made to the Offer To Purchase And Contract are changing the way we do business.  

The transaction process with it's time constraints can be very stressful and this is where I can help, I want to help you to be more successful.  I can do that by saving you time. I hold a NC real estate license and can be given lock box combinations without violating the MLS rules. I can also schedule the termite inspection to be done at the same time as the home inspection. I provide unlimited support to my clients and Realtors alike.

Call today or visit online and find out what a professional home inspection really is.


Mike Jaquish
Realty Arts - Cary, NC
919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate


Is the new inspection report as radically different as the new Offer...Contract is?

That would indeed "change how we do business." 

Not necessarily a bad thing, IMO.

Sep 10, 2007 02:06 PM
Scott Makseyn
Home Helpers Inc. - Raleigh, NC

The changes mandated by the licensure board are not as drastic as we originally thought. The changes are actually meant to standardize the format so that it is easier to read and to allow only specific items in the summary of the report.  This is the proposed new language effective 12/07

The summary shall include any system or component that does not function as intended and is in need of repair or warrants further investigation by a specialist. The summary shall not contain any recommendation for routine upkeep of a system or component to keep it in proper functioning condition or contain any recommendation to upgrade or enhance the function, efficiency, or safety of the home. As used in the summary, "repair" refers to a system or component that is not functioning as intended and is in need of repair or replacement; and "investigate" refers to a system or component that needs additional investigation by a specialist to determine if repairs are needed. 

The summary shall follow the same order as the Standards of Practice, and shall be organized by systems in the same manner as the Standards of Practice. Each system section shall have a header identifying the section, and shall be labeled the same as the section of the Standards of Practice. "Repair" and "investigate" items shall be placed in the appropriate system section. Items needing repair shall each have the heading, "Repair." Items needing additional investigation to determine if repairs are needed shall each have the heading, "Investigate." Section headings shall be as follows:

(1) Structural components;

(2) Exterior;

(3) Roofing;

(4) Plumbing;

(5) Electrical;

(6) Heating;

(7) Air conditioning;

(8) Interiors;

(9) Insulation and ventilation; and

(10) Built-in kitchen appliances.


The logic is that when looking at reports from different inspector you will be familiar with the layout and be able to find what you need without a hassle.

I support the changes, the trick is going to enforcement. The home inspector liscensure board has only recently "got some teeth" but it's only one person enforcing rules on almost 1500 inspectors across the state.

There are a LOT of bad inspection reports out there, from inspectors both old and new. Finding a good inspector is hit or miss. I always do my best and always review my reports for compliance with the rules.

I have heard that we may see a lot of people retiring from the business when this becomes law in December.

Sep 11, 2007 04:44 AM
Leigh Brown
Leigh Brown & Associates, RE/MAX Executive - Charlotte, NC
CEO, Dream Maker - Charlotte, NC
Thanks for the info-I'm calling my inspector to find out when he's changing over!!
Sep 11, 2007 08:52 AM