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Why don't Home Inspectors just do their job?!?

What requirements are there to become a Home Inspector?  In Davenport, Iowa, there are no laws yet for licensing or continuing education.  There are national companies to certify such as NACHI, NAHI and ASHI but no requirements in order to perform a Home Inspection.

 A Large Investment in Housing!

Should a Home Inspector, who is expected to give a report on the strengths and weaknesses of possibly the single largest investment a person will make in their life be licensed?  Should they be required to take continuing education in order to keep up on their trade?  Should they just inspect the property without discussing anything with the Buyer?  Wouldn't that be hanging them out to dry?

 Hanging out to dry!

 

The most important part of a Home Inspection IMHO is the teaching that goes on.  The teaching of how to determine safety concerns and what to do about it.  The teaching of how to care for a house.  The teaching of some routine maintenance. 

Any Home Inspector can point out things that are obviously wrong with a property.  It is what they do after the obvious that is important.  I choose to refer Home Inspectors that do just that.  Teach.  Spend some time with the clients to help them understand their purchase so they don't feel like a deer caught in the headlights!

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I've used Home Inspectors that tried to "kill deals" before.  By this, I don't mean that they pointed out things that are wrong with the property.  That is part of their job.  What I do mean is that they tried to renegotiate the deal.  That is NOT part of their job.  When a Home Inspector starts a sentence with, "If I were you, I'd ask the Sellers to......" it's that time!  Time to find another Home Inspector!!!

Should Home Inspectors be required to get a license?

Should they be required to do continuing education?

What say ye?

Lucky :)

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Comment balloon 10 commentsLucky Lang • October 21 2009 07:17AM

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Your post touched a nerve here. I had an inspector tell a buyer , I would not buy this house because it is too small. NOT badly made a danger or what ever, but he didf not like the size! Needless to say I do not recommend this jerk

Posted by Charlie Ragonesi, Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros (AllMountainRealty.com) almost 11 years ago

Hi Lucky,

We must have it good in TN.  They must be licensed here in order to do a valid inspection. (which means the buyer cannot ask for repairs unless the inspector is licensed)   The only people qualified  to do an inspection are the buyer and a licensed inspector.  (No contractors, relatives etc)  The funny part is, the inspectors will generally suggest getting a licensed contractor to review certain items on the list.  Hmmm.

Good luck in Iowa...we experience the same frustration until we got the laws changed.

Verlyn

Posted by Verlyn Steward, Real Estate Answer Man (Vision Realty Partners LLC) almost 11 years ago

I've had a home inspector advise my Buyer to have a licensed electrician to further inspect a junction box in the attic that JUST NEEDED A COVER!!!!  My Buyer was pretty high strung anyway and this didn't help.  It's the last time I use him. 

Posted by Amanda Christiansen, Christiansen Group Realty (Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843) almost 11 years ago

Charlie,

I actually had one tell my Buyer that he thought that a finished basement was a bad idea in case the drain backed up and ruined it!

Crazy!!!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island) almost 11 years ago

Verlyn,

I hate more government but maybe that is the solution.

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island) almost 11 years ago

Jared,

Maybe that Home Inspector was looking for a "Cover"............a CYA!!!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island) almost 11 years ago

I only use licensed home inspectors.  A buyer who uses an unlicensed home inspector is asking for greatly increased odds of "hidden" issues to be discovered after closing when it will be difficult to do anything about it.

Rob

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas) almost 11 years ago

Rob,

How long has Kansas had the requirement of licensed Home Inspectors?  Do they require CE as well?

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island) almost 11 years ago

On May 18, 2008, Gov. Sebelius signed HB 2315 requiring all home inspectors practicing in the state of KS to be registered.  As of July 1, 2009, all home inspectors practicing in counties with a population of 60,000 or more must have:

•-          A high school diploma (or equivalent) and be at least 18 years of age

•-          Proof of General Liability Insurance coverage of at least $100,000

•-          Proof of Errors & Omissions Insurance (or similar fiscal responsibility) of at least $10,000.

•-          Proof of membership in good standing in one of the nationally recognized home inspection organizations (TBD by the board by January 1, 2009).

•-          Have passed a proctored exam by a testing organization approved by the board.

•-          And have done one of the following options prior to May 18th, 2009:

•o         Completed an 80 hour classroom course on home inspections

•o         For inspectors operating in counties with populations of 60,000, have been in business for two years and completed 100 fee-paid inspections.

•-          For inspectors operating in counties with populations of less than 60,000, have been in business for two years and completed 35 fee-paid inspections.

•o         Inspectors working in counties of 60,000 or less have an additional 18 months to meet these qualifications (till January 1, 2011).

Once licensed, home inspectors must obtain a minimum of 16 hours of continuing education each year.

Posted by Rob Lang, Local Expert in Lawrence Kansas Real Estate Homes (At Home Kansas) almost 11 years ago

Rob,

WOW!!!  Those are some requirements!!!

I'll bet that the Iowa Home Inspectors are glad that they don't live in Kansas!

Lucky :)

Posted by Lucky Lang, Marco Island & Naples Florida Real Estate (Premiere Plus Realty Marco Island) almost 11 years ago

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