Michigan HI Licensing Law reintroduced

Originally Posted By: loconnor
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I posted this press release in the “State Legislature” catagory. I received it from Rep. Frank Accavitti’s office.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEWednesday, January 26, 2005 Contact: Lindsey WhitenightPhone: (517) 373-0854
Accavitti Reintroduces Bill to Protect Home Buyers
Bill would require state licenses for home inspectors

LANSING- State Representative Frank Accavitti, Jr. (D-Eastpointe) today reintroduced an important consumer protection bill that would regulate and require state licenses for home inspectors in Michigan.
"The actions of unscrupulous home inspectors can bury new home owners in a money pit of unanticipated repairs that should have been revealed in a properly done inspection," Accavitti said. "Without this bill, anyone can hang out a shingle and claim to be a qualified home inspector."
House Bill 4076, the Michigan Home Inspection Professional Licensing Act, would require home inspectors to obtain a professional license from the state and require them to meet minimum educational and professional standards. It also would ensure home inspectors maintain high standards of practice and ethics.
"This is a common sense bill designed to protect home buyers, especially first-time home buyers, from dishonest or unqualified home inspectors," Accavitti said, "A new home is one of the most important investments a family can make and it is crucial that the person inspecting the home is qualified and on the up-and-up."
In Michigan, there is currently no assurance that an inspector is competent in his field, experienced and ethical.
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Representative Accavitti has met with many home inspectors, organizations and constituents who are eager to see this legislation introduced. These meetings led to positive changes to the original version of the bill and the HB 4076, currently introduced, is a bit different from HB 5587 of 2004. Representative Accavitti has also received positive feedback on the legislation from both sides of the aisle.
"It makes no sense that the state of Michigan requires licenses for barbers and other professions, but not for home inspectors," Accavitti said. "A person can recover pretty quickly from a bad haircut, but recovering form a bad home inspection is a much longer and more expensive problem."
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Larry
Western Michigan NACHI Chapter
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Originally Posted By: tcrouch
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Hey Larry,


Thanks for the update. It's a shame the state can't fix the licensing laws for builders as well. But then again, that might reduce the fees they are able to take in each year from everyone that decides becoming a builder might be a good career. I will be suprised if they pass this law, however there are a lot of people pushing for it so who knows. Just seems funny that the requirements that want out of Home Inspectors and Realtors are stricter than what they call for for builders....


Originally Posted By: loconnor
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Thomas


I was reading a news article earlier that mentioned that builders are trying to improve their image with the public.

They are actively working on a program (did not give details), that would improve customer relations.

In my opinion, perhaps being licensed by the state, and involving the home owner in the process, so they can see their home being built and have different things explained to them. Somewhat like the HI taking their client on a tour during the inspection. But that's another story I guess.


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Larry
Western Michigan NACHI Chapter
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"We confide in our strength
without boasting of it.
We respect that of others
without fearing it"
Thomas Jefferson

Originally Posted By: tcrouch
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Well it’s my opinion that the only way the building industry is going to improve its image is to change the licensing laws. I’m not sure if you are aware of this but builders are not required to have any experience in the field, take any type of pre-licensure class, and there are no con-ed requirements. I feel that they need to require a minimum of 5 years field experience, at least 100 hours of approved education prior to testing, and a minimum of 40 hours a year in con-ed. However, it is very unlikely the current licensing requirements will ever change as they have been as they are forever. I just find it funny that Realtors are required to take 40 hours of education prior to testing, take 6 hours of con-ed each year, 4 hours of ethics every 4 years, and work under the supervision of a broker. And they just help peope buy & sell property. Builders have none of the above and they build the houses. icon_rolleyes.gif Just makes no sense to me but then again many of our states ideas make no sense to me


Originally Posted By: loconnor
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You mean I can take a test, and if I pass, I get my contractors or builders license? And no continuing education required?


That's scarry!!


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Larry
Western Michigan NACHI Chapter
http://www.w-michigan-nachi.org

"We confide in our strength
without boasting of it.
We respect that of others
without fearing it"
Thomas Jefferson

Originally Posted By: tcrouch
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loconnor wrote:
You mean I can take a test, and if I pass, I get my contractors or builders license? And no continuing education required?

That's scarry!!


Exactly what I mean! ![icon_eek.gif](upload://yuxgmvDDEGIQPAyP9sRnK0D0CCY.gif) And to be honest it is not all that impossible to pass. So between unlicensed builders, and those without true knowledge, you can imagine my frustration when it comes to having to bid against them and losing the bid because they are so much cheaper.