With Florida falling into the clutches of licensing it won’t be long for the rest of the unlicensed states to fall especially with all the support that some home inspection associations are willing to provide in the effort.
Actually there are many home inspectors who blindly look forward to a time when we are all firmly under the control of some type of government edict or another. I am not a religious man, but consider myself well versed in the Bible and the story that best summarizes my view on licensing is contained in the Old Testament book of 1st Samuel where Israel demands that God appoint a king, and against his better judgment God provides Saul as their king. Needless to say it goes badly for Israel and upon Saul’s death God claims he is sorry that he ever made Saul king of Israel. I believe there till be a time in the not too distant future when all of the home inspectors who worked to promote home inspection legislation will feel that it was a mistake to ever turn our profession over to government control.
What does all this have to do with home inspector licensing you may ask, well there are many good people who believe that licensing will provide everything our profession is lacking and will usher us into new era of enlightenment & respectability; maybe, maybe not. The one thing you can be sure of is that licensing unlike association membership will provide the authority to produce mandatory change within our profession.
The changes that licensing produces will eventually effect us all in ways that their proponents & supporters didn’t take into consideration when they were so fervently backing their legislation. There will be a natural progression that will be unstoppable.
- First thing that will happen after licensing will be the standardization of all documentation & reports, count on it the government will seek to streamline the reporting process to better police the profession.
- The second thing that will happen after standardization will be interest from the investor class seeking to somehow capitalize on our profession.
- Finally, these investors will demand profit for their investment which will come through consolidation of prices & the centralization of workforces.
None of this would have been possible without the centralization of authority that comes from licensing. What we need is an association with superior marketing talent and vision, an association which will market their members as a cartel and provide a barrier to protect and promote their members in the marketplace, otherwise we can kiss our asses good by and go the way of all other mom & pop type businesses.