Perhaps those who don’t post a preference are stating their preference for no licensing.
Might I digress…
My preference, as stated 100’s of times is for no licensing enactment, and I say this as a “licensed inspector”. This thread seems however to be one to simply gauge the thoughts of our FLORIDA inspectors on licensing. As Gerry stated, we have many unique circumstances here and those circumstances are not only germane to FL, but are often specific to small areas of the state, i.e. what works in Key West may not work in Jacksonville, and what works in Jacksonville may not work in Destin, etc.
As I read all of the various laws that have been enacted or proposed I am consistently brought back to the thought “How do any of these actually protect the consumer?” In just about every case, my thought is not at all. Licensing has not protected consumers from bad contractors, and will not protect the consumer from bad home inspectors.
I fully agree that any “board” for regulation should be comprised of nothing but home inspectors. We need not support legislation that puts consumers or Realtors on the board, because that is simply an attempt to curry favor with them. Style over substance, plain and simple.
Some states require E&O for inspectors. I have always felt that E&O is designed to protect inspectors, not consumers, and is a personal business decision that should never be mandated by a governmental agency, especially one that takes huge amounts of money from the insurance lobby.
So, under the guise of “consumer protection” my thought would be that any crafted legislation would have to attempt to ensure that each licensed inspector had the proper training required to be competent, and that a consumer would know exactly what the home inspection did and did not do, through standardized SOP, COE and reporting.
The only legislation I currently see that is close to accomplishing consumer protection is Texas. You must be trained, and are told what to look at, how to report it, and in what format to report it.
No thank you, I live in FL, not TX.
Oh, and James, the President of this association did not draft the Governors veto letter. His letter did contain many of the points I made in my letter to him, but he and his staff are more than capable of independent thought, and letter composition.