Licensing Home Inspectors

Home Inspector with Eyespy Home Inspections CCHI007943,Cahpi C1900656

Do you think that licensing will help or hinder house sales. In the US so I am told, it has made little to no difference except one category: lawsuits. If you are "licensed" I don't care what the profession it is you are apt to be sued for the most  ridiculous thing even in an agreement that you have read and signed such as a contract just because you are licensed. The term license really means you have completed some federal imposed rules/courses (approved by politicians that don't know which is a thermostat and which is a light switch) that give you the right to say that you are licensed.
Here in Canada only two provinces have licensing BC and now Alberta. Since the inception of licensing has incurred so have law suits coincidence... I THINK NOT. We have been told that Ontario is not looking at licensing although special interest groups (associations) are trying to goad government officials into enforcing licensing...why because they usually are the same HI associations that run schools or sell books or dvd's on Home inspection therefore they have allot to gain.

In your experience has it been detrimental to your sales experience in having a licensed Home inspector or not having a licensed inspector report on the home you are selling or buying?

So do you think it will make a difference yes or no!

Comments (3)

Jon Quist
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

I believe licensing has helped cull the herd here in AZ. The problem is that the requirements are still not strict enough. We need fewer and better inspectors.

Aug 24, 2011 11:33 AM
David Gibson CNE, 719-304-4684 ~ Colorado Springs Relocation
Colorado Real Estate Advisers LLC - Colorado Springs, CO
Relocation, Luxury & Lifestyle residential

Scott I practice in Colorado (inspectors not licensed) and Texas (licensed). I find the Texas inspectors start with a license as their base qualification and build on top of that. In Colorado we have guys with all kinds of qualifications that the consumer has no knowledge of. I prefer licensing but agree with Jon’s comment above, that we need better inspectors.

Aug 24, 2011 01:19 PM
Scott May
Eyespy Home Inspections - Guelph, ON
Inspected once, inspected right!

Most inspectors are positive with the aspect of getting better education and that is what we are seeing here in Canada. The problem arises when the more educated inspector results in more time to perform an inspection. Many a realtor has voiced there displeasure to the tone of "why is this taking so long" "My other guy would have been done and gone by now". We all know that no realtor should have a "My Guy" inspector!

As inspectors we get caught in a catch 22 where firstly we are working for the purchaser but also we want referrals from the if he/she has a golf date or lunch at a specific time...well you get my point.

Aug 25, 2011 02:51 AM