I sent this email to the board of our Florida Chapter and wanted to share here.
I am not sure if everyone has put much thought into our legislative affairs but I wanted to get everybody views on what is most important to them and our profession. I think it is important that we methodically have a plan of long and short time goals and work toward executing them. If we don’t Home Inspectors will be thought of as the bottom of the barrel and the other professions (mostly the contractors) will make sure they stay there. This is in the works to happen unless we become an educated and organized voice. The best way in my opinion is to work on upping the standard of our own profession. As stated before we appear to be very reactionary with everything. We need to get our thoughts together and be more proactive. I think it’s important that we find out how we develop a state board for home inspectors, this I believe is number one and most important. Also we need to decide how money gets spent and spend it wisely. My opinion is it it’s a waste of money to take on the contractors head on and this has nothing to do with me having a contractors license it has everything to do with reaching our goals as home inspectors. Of course there are some items worth taking on. For example contractors not needing a Home Inspectors, mold assessors license, or mold remediators license that is worth fighting against. It seems to me there is nobody at the wheel driving us for our side and Wayne cost a lot of money to just get information.
I see it as this and please add to it and arrange it in order of importance.
1. Develop a Home Inspectors board (preferably a state board) 2. Remove contractor from not needing a mold assessor or remediators license to perform those services This is a specialty license and must be required to obtain to perform. (HI license also if it is heading that way). 3. Increase the education requirement for Wind Mitigation to 8 hours every 2years. 4. Develop SOP