MYTH #1 ---- Licensing will raise the bar.
The reality is the bar will be set to the lowest perceived safety cutoff for the consumer… and since our profession receives very little formal complaints you can expect the bar to be set quite low at the start.
MYTH #2 ---- Licensing will limit competition.
The net-net results for most states has been the exact opposite; the number of home inspectors increased. The reason for this is that the state is never interested in limiting competition. The governments goal is first to protect consumers and like in Myth #1 since very few consumers are being ripped off by home inspectors the state does not feel there is a need for them to protect the consumers from your competition. Add to that the multitude of schools that spring up once legislation has passed and you can see why the number of inspectors increase after licensing becomes law.
MYTH #3 ---- Licensing will protect the consumer.
Of the 30 some states that have some sort of HI regulation very few have expended the resources to enforce the law rendering most HI licensing laws to the status of a nuisance tax.
MYTH #4 ---- Licensing will fix _____.
Place your most cherished sacred cow in the blank, research the facts and you will surprised to discover that home inspector licensing has cured no public ills.
All in all the realities of the laws that finally went into effect did not live up to either the spirit of the legislation or expectations of those who worked so hard to get the bills passed. When all is said and done the result of HI licensing has been an abject failure to those who have promoted their bills. It appears that HI licensing in incapable of fulfilling our goals and has been pursued for all the wrong reasons.