And, this can be carried on to other states. These new Kansas home inspection laws allow this. Roofers, electricians, are all here doing free inspections, so they can get “business” off of the buyers and home owners.
The Kansas law allows any contractor to look at up to 2 components without being considered a home inspection.
This type of thing is common in almost any licensure state I know of.
The A/C guy can check the heat and A/C; the plumber can check the plumbing; the roofer can check the roof; the electrician can check the electrical system; etc; etc. They don’t need to be home inspectors.
Most buyers, sellers, lenders, etc will not take the time or spend the money to schedule 8-9 specialists.
With fewer real estate brokers and agents recommending home inspections to their clients, there are fewer “consumers”. Numbers are in the single digit mark when comparing last year’s inspections to this year.
Delivering for the local pizza shop. If you are in a state where your state has declared you all equally licensed and has issued you and your competitors (be you veterans or newbies) the exact same credential… you’d better learn to distinguish yourself on your own, and fast. First marketing punch usually wins shortly after licensing is adopted.
In the last 60 days, I have delivered over 4,000 flyers to RE offices; advertized in hand-outs, church bullentins, and RE books that are placed in grocery stores. Heck, I have even been advertising on radio, and in TV ads in cooperation with the Better Business Bureau. July of 2008, did 55 inspections. July 2009, I did 13. This tells me that either other inspectors are low-balling, or RE are tired of hearing me complain about new licensing laws through this message board, and suggesting to their buyers about “free” checks through contractors. Perhaps my inspections are too detailed; I may give the buyer too much information about maintenance; perhaps I just have bad breath, or the economy is worse than the media and others say.