florida contractor and inspector

(Dennis J. Bonner) #1

how many florida internachi members are also licensed contractors?

(David Asselin) #2

I’m in BC and I’m a contractor. I don’t remember on which site I saw that before but it was a large real estate firm that were saying on their home inspector page to not hire an inspector that is also a contractor. I guess the idea is they don’t want the contractor to use the inspections to get more work.

I would think that marketing wise, it sounds better to be a good inspector that is also an active builder compare to someone that isn’t. I do understand that construction doesn’t make a good inspector but for marketing, I think it makes sense to use it.

(Dennis J. Bonner) #3

is licensing required in b.c? with classes and c.e?

(Jeffrey R. Jonas) #4

Home Inspectors exist due to Contractors.

Think about it. How many defects (not material failures) do you find in a home, every home?

Now why would you think it was a good idea to advertise you are a contractor?

Yes, the general public DOES think like that.

Just sayin’.

(David Asselin) #5

Yes I would think it’s one of the hardest place in the world to become a home inspector including a minimum of 50 hours of real inspection field training.

(Roy Lewis, CMI - North Florida Inspector) #6

I am.

(Dennis J. Bonner) #7
   sorry, i meant contractor licensing and c.e
(Dave Fetty, CMI) #8

It has puzzled me why the state allows exterminators to offer “free” termite inspections.

(Roy Lewis, CMI - North Florida Inspector) #9

Why?

(Dave Fetty, CMI) #10

Cause there is people out there that try to charge $1700 to replace a water heater that needs a new TPR valve or $638 for a new toilet when the old one needs a flapper.

(Roy Lewis, CMI - North Florida Inspector) #11

What does that havta do with “free” termite inspections.

(Dave Fetty, CMI) #12

Well it was a “free” estimate all that needs done is a TPR valve replaced and the toilet valve replaced and the are trying to stiff my Mom $2400.

(Roy Lewis, CMI - North Florida Inspector) #13

Well! the estimate was free.
Get another estimate.

(Reece D. Welch) #14

I am.

(Nick Gromicko, CMI) #15

Most new InterNACHI members come out of the trades.

(Rick Elliott) #16

I believe its a mandatory requirement to be a good inspector.
Yes you can gain the knowledge, but as always, there is no substitute for experience! I’ve been a state licensed building contractor in both Florida and California. I don’t carry liability or errors and omissions insurance.
I overstate everything and anything that could be of consequence to my client.
That, as well as a good inspection agreement!

(Preston L. Halstead, HI549) #17

I am a GC and State Inspector as well as HI

(Jeffrey R. Jonas) #18

The ‘root’ cause of the term “Conspector”!

(William E. Billings) #19

I am and have been for many years