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  1. #1
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    Default Happy with your liicense?

    Now that you have licensing in your state or province, is the world a better place for you?

    For me, it eliminated a few competitors that were part-timers. The required E+O, and training, annual continuous ed and the fees make it hard to operate on the cheap. I started this thread chiefly to bump that other thread off the page. Cheers!

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    Default Re: Happy with your liicense?

    The licensing requirement cut down on the part timers or bad inspectors a bit but I'm not sure it had a huge influence. We have enough volume around here for the el cheapo guys to still get a lot of agent referrals for their $150-$199 checkbox idiot reports.
    Licensing and CE has probably helped get some of the old timers closer to modern speed and standards for what really should be done rather than what they were providing 30 years ago. Some of the old timers are pretty bad in terms of smart competence. Some of the old timers are actually pretty good but have had a hard time adjusting their viewpoint to reflect modern standards. I'm always amazed when I go to a meeting and some old fart inspector asks a really basic question completely serious. Its kind of bizarre what they don't know.
    Licensing has helped more in terms of dealing with contractors and agents who like to talk smack.
    The biggest advantage of licensing is being able educate the public about what an HI is, is not and should provide the client.
    As reference some moron recently priced a 10,000 sqft. house plus 4000 sqft. coachhouse for less than $1000. Imagine how useless and pathetic that report must be. Obviously its those inspectors who reflect poorly on our industry and provide a negative public perspective of what an HI does.

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    Default Re: Happy with your liicense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Keller View Post
    As reference some moron recently priced a 10,000 sqft. house plus 4000 sqft. coachhouse for less than $1000.
    Curious as to what something like that goes for there for a quality inspector and quality report?

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    Default Re: Happy with your liicense?

    Licensing in Tennessee brought in a bunch of people wanting to get into the business, that may not had thought about it much. I think the number of inspectors doubled the first year, then fell off. I think we went from about 400+ inspectors the first year, to about 900 the second year. I don't think it eliminated any. The guys that couldn't, or didn't want to get a license still stayed in business. The State has been very slow enforcing regulations, though they are a lot better than they were 10 years ago.

    I don't think licensing made any impact at all regarding the quality or pricing of inspections. It did add another wrinkle in the mix for when a lawsuit comes up. They have an additional aspect of being an unlicensed inspector.


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    Default Re: Happy with your liicense?

    Quote Originally Posted by Markus Keller View Post
    I'm always amazed when I go to a meeting and some old fart inspector asks a really basic question completely serious. Its kind of bizarre what they don't know..
    They knew enough to get into the profession 30 years ago and lay the groundwork for you Smarter, Younger whippersnappers.


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