Licensing Home Inspectors in Virginia.

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Posted: 28 Jan 2016 05:03 PM PST

Thursday proved to be a productive day for VAR’s legislative agenda as a few of its bills continued through the legislative process.

House Bill 741 (Del. Jackson Miller), which creates a licensure system for home inspectors in Virginia, was unanimously approved by a House General Laws subcommittee.  The bill will now advance to the full committee for consideration.

A companion home inspector licensing bill, Senate Bill 453 (Sen. Bill Stanley), is scheduled for a vote by the full Senate on Friday.  VAR has worked with the home inspection industry and the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation to craft this legislation to protect buyers and sellers in the real estate transaction.

In addition to those bills, House Bill 567 (Del. Jackson Miller) advanced uncontested out of the House General Laws Committee.  The bill, which makes amendments to Virginia’s real estate agency law, will now be considered by the full House of Delegates.

As always, visit for status updates on any of VAR’s legislative initiatives.

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Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Lenn- I don't know whether they need to be licensed here in Florida but like anything else, it means nothing if not enforced or if the requirements mean nothing. 

Feb 04, 2016 10:18 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Lenn learned something new.  I thought Home Inspectors had to be licensed in all states.

Feb 04, 2016 11:04 AM
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Lenn. Was not aware that some states didn't required a license, not the case in the eight states I do mortgages.

Feb 04, 2016 07:49 PM
Fred Hernden, CMI
Superior Home Inspections - Greater Albuquerque Area - Albuquerque, NM
Albuquerque area Master Inspector

I went through it in Florida when they adopted licensure there. They are doing it here in New Mexico as we speak. I think it is a good idea but Jay is right, it won't clean up anything, it will however make it harder to become a Home Inspector. The ones already operating a business will likely be "grandfathered" in to the system.

Feb 04, 2016 11:49 PM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Tennessee has had it for years and it has improved the quality of home inspectors and kept the fly-by-nights from getting in. It's a good thing.

Feb 05, 2016 12:30 PM
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Paul.  I'm sure it helps.

Liz and Bill.  Same here.

William.  Same here.  I remember some ???? inspecotrs brought in by buyers.  EEEkkk.

Jay.  Will anything "clean up" any industry????  Doubtful.  I can recall some really very poor inspectors in this area pre-licensing days. 

I mean a guy who "inspects" a 4000 sq. ft. home in 15 minutes??   Or, a home inspector with a "report on half page of a yellow legal pad.  Ah, the memories.

In MD, licensing gave consumers a place to file complaints if nothing else.

Kathy.  True.  Most folks don't take the time to complain anyway.

George.  I suspect that there about 20 state that don't require it. 

Joe.  Not surprising.

Fred.  "Grandfathering" was a part of the MD procedure too.

Debbie.  Same here.




Feb 10, 2016 02:19 AM
Mike Frazier
Carousel Realty of Dyer County - Dyersburg, TN
Northwest Tennessee Realtor

Lenn, we did that here in Tennessee 3-4 years ago and the ones left standing are outstanding.

Feb 11, 2016 06:20 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Locally they have to have a business license, but that really doesn't mean boo hiss.  I wish we had state license requirments.  But builders have only had to be licensed about 10 or 11 years in my state.  We're getting there.

Feb 12, 2016 12:07 AM
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce

Hi Lenn...just checking in on you...hope you are ready to welcome spring and wishing you sunshine in this new season !

Mar 21, 2016 10:53 PM
Hella M. Rothwell, Broker/Realtor®
Carmel by the Sea, CA
Rothwell Realty Inc. CA#01968433 Carmel-by-the-Sea

Lenn: No home inspector license required in California. I actually recommend one who is licensed in Oregon to my sellers in Northern California.

May 24, 2016 10:03 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

I miss your blogs. I hope all is going well for you.

Jun 19, 2016 04:26 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

OK, Lenn!  It's time to check in with your blog buddies again!

Jun 29, 2016 01:48 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

OK Lenn just wondering why you stopped being on this platform  you had a lot of friends and you reached the exalted first position and fell off the map....Endre

Jun 30, 2016 03:52 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
The best agent in Southern Utah!

Miss seeing your posts Lenn! Hope you are getting some crap shooting and fishing in.

Aug 22, 2016 11:21 AM
Noel Mayer
Upper Montclair Weichert Realtors - Montclair, NJ

Lenn Harley 

I stopped by. Thank you for sharing your knowledge (The  AR Community)


Feb 23, 2017 02:17 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
Hot enough for ya?

They have required inspectors to be licensed, in our region, for the last several years.

Mar 19, 2017 07:13 AM
Lana Robbins Realtor ® Licensed Real Estate Broker
Aloha Kai Real Estate - Clearwater, FL
Licensed in Florida, Washington, and Hawai'i

Hi Lenn. Just stopping by to say Hi. Hope all is well.

Jun 29, 2017 06:17 PM
Brenda Whitman, Live in Laramie Real Estate
Live in Laramie Real Estate, Laramie, Wyoming - Laramie, WY
Broker/Co-Owner, Laramie, Wyoming

Hi Lenn, I see this is an old post but the topic is still super relevent in states like mine, Wyoming.  There are still no licensing requirements in Wyoming for home inspectors.

Oct 08, 2017 06:43 PM
Dave Halpern
Dave Halpern Real Estate Agent, Inc., Louisville, KY (502) 664-7827 - Louisville, KY
Louisville Short Sale Expert

Home inspectors need to be licensed in Kentucky. However, home inspection reports have so many disclaimers it's hard to prove if they did their job or not.

Oct 23, 2017 04:43 AM
Chris Griffith
Downing-Frye Realty, Bonita Springs, FL - Bonita Springs, FL
Bonita Springs Listing Specialist - Agent

Haven't seen you around . Missing your posts and your sense of humor.

Jan 12, 2018 05:56 AM