I think it is time that Licensed Inspectors realize that Licensed Contractors are in this business because inspectors were not licensed. The state created a demand for Licensed contractors to do Wind Mitigation, roof and four point inspections. The natural progression would be to add home inspections. They then progress to include other including WDO, IR and mold ect.
This is unfortunate for Full Home Inspectors, but contractors did not start this the state did. Unfortunately, home inspectors that did not have a license, had no piece of paper to hold up and say they are qualified. You can be mad at contractors and think that they are all out just trying or get side work. I believe that most are not trying to do that. When you look at the economy you can assume that many of them are doing inspections to just stay afloat. I do not think you should be making assumptions about all or most of a group because they have additional qualifications.
Now that HIs are getting licensed some of this will change. The economy will improve, some contractors will go back to what they were doing, others will stay. Some HIs will move to doing something else.
Making blanket statements about contractors is wrong and shows ignorance. It is no better than assuming a HI just needs a flashlight, a ladder and no other qualifications to do a Home Inspection.
HIs should be aligning with contractors to insure that the business stays ethical and righteous. Contractors are better organized and have the home court advantage in this state. Many contractors need guidance on the inspection end, alienating them will send them to their own for training and mentoring. Do you really want a contractor teaching another how to do a home inspection and that being a standard? This is exactly what is happening.
Stepping off the box now, thanks for listening.