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|Publish Date: 10/1/2005
Home inspector registry proposed
By Alicia Herbstreit
The Daily Reporter-Herald
Buying a home is one of the largest and most important purchases people make.
And when potential buyers hire a home inspector to evaluate the structure for defects, they place considerable trust in that person, said Jon Rudolph, a home inspector and Construction Advisory Board member.
That is why Rudolph and fellow board members believe that Loveland should require home inspectors to be registered with the city.
?I look at this from a consumer?s point of view that there?s no protection.? he said. ?A lot of people don?t realize that home inspectors aren?t registered or licensed.?
Board members have proposed an ordinance that would require home inspectors to register with the city?s building division. If passed, home inspectors would have to provide the city with proof of test completion with either the American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors.
Rudolph said while 30 other states track home inspectors, Loveland?s proposed registry would be the first of its kind in Colorado.
?This would be a big step in the state of Colorado,? he said.
Some local home inspectors, such as Doug Bigelow, owner of Asset Inspections, are opposed to the measure.
?I don?t think they need it,? he said. ?They?re limiting people who can inspect their houses.?
Rudolph said he is not trying to prevent anyone from working, but instead create a ?minimum standard of practice.?
He said the proposal would affect about 40 home inspectors who work regularly in Loveland and as many as 100 who occasionally work in the area.
Tom Hawkinson, Loveland?s building official, said the proposed ordinance wouldn?t cost home inspectors anything or add any additional burden on city staff members.
He said the process, similar to contractor licensing, would require home inspectors to alert the city they are practicing. The building division would then verify the testing results. If it checks out, city officials would then issue the home inspector a certificate.
John Crescibene, a board member and local home builder, said the registry would add a level of credibility to the profession.
?At present, anyone off the street can become a home inspector,? he said. ?All they have to do is hang a shingle.?
The ordinance will go before the City Council in a study session Oct. 11