April 19, 2007
The National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI), a home inspector trade association based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, today announced their intention to put forth Federal licensing of all home inspectors. The new law, if adopted by Congress, would wipe out all existing state laws regarding home inspectors and replace them with one, uniform, nationwide license. Existing state licensed home inspectors would be required to turn in their home inspector licenses and seek the new Federal home inspector license.
Under the new proposal every licensed home inspector would be placed on a Federal Register of Home Inspectors for use by local, state and federal government employees to recommend qualified inspectors to real estate agents and U.S. consumers. Untrained inspectors, who normally would not qualify for a license, could simpy pay a preferred inspector fee and be included on the Federal Register. Unqualified inspectors who desire to be categorized as “strongly recommended” on the Register could opt to pay an additional preferred inspector fee.
Home inspectors have historically been the only impartial party to a real estate transaction. This would all end under the new proposal which would permit inspectors to offer repair services to correct defects discovered during their own inspection process. It is expected that this will lead to inspectors lowering their fees just to get the leads on the contracting work. An unidentified spokeswoman for NAHI said “This is good for consumers who suffer with impartially-generated, inspections with current fees that are upwards of $200 in some areas.”
Nick Gromicko, Founder of NACHI, the inspection industry’s largest association, opposes NAHI’s new Federal legislation calling it “totally unethical.” In response, NAHI has contacted all 14 of their members nationwide and asked them to contribute to a new legal attack fund to sue NACHI. “Gromicko is correct about it being totally unethical, but harming consumers while destroying the inspection industry is a personal business freedom guaranteed in the Magna Carta or somewhere,” said NAHI’s spokeswoman.