I can reasonably foresee Real Estate offices requiring their agents use Inspectors from “approved” lists which could conceivably be comprised of larger (multi-inspector) firms which would give the impression of being more professional, better insured, uniformed, financially sound, etc. I’m definitely not saying the aforementioned is always true of large multi-inspector firms, nor am I implying the converse about one man shops. I am just saying from a stereotyping prospective, a Real Estate office with a reputation to protect would realistically opt for a large, established, and perhaps National or Regional firm.
However, I hope this never happens. I have no intention of becoming a large multi-inspector shop.
In addition, when/if Lenders start requiring Full Home Inspections be performed on every sale, and possibly, refinance transaction, there will be a plethora of new regulations. In fact, Fannie and Freddie would then also presumably be involved. Which would undoubtedly usher in standardized forms and reporting formats, FEES, perhaps stricter insurance requirements (including E&O as mandatory), and an entire new world of federal regulation.
Everyone say a little prayer tonight that this never happens.