We've all heard about Resume fluffing. Believe it or not, some Home Inspectors are doing the same thing here in Upper Michigan. Though the UP's population is relatively small, we do have an abundance of Home Inspectors, but only 4 who are Board Certified Master Home Inspectors.
As part of that small group, I can tell you that some of the competitors with less experience and training will use dubious marketing tactics to disarm potential clients. One common tactic is to highlight construction experience in leu of actual Home Inspection training. One does not equate to the other. Another is to fluff years of experience as many local inspectors are only part time.
Recently, I was forced (for the second time in 3 years) to call out a multi-inspector company who's founder had been claiming to be a Certified Master Inspector. I do realize as Realtors, you rely on the honesty of the inspectors you include on your list to buyers.
You can easily check who is a Master Inspector by putting their name in the search bar at this link. https://certifiedmasterinspector.org/members
It should also be a red flag if you hear Home Inspectors tout specific certifications, but do not use any logos for those certifications in thier marketing borchures. Those who have been doing that, mistakenly believe they can claim a credential falsely without repurcussion as long as they don't use any tradmark info in their maketing materials.
I'm curious, how many of you would refer business to an inspector you know has lied about his training or certifications?