Originally Posted By: jpulley
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Most inspectors get the bulk of their business by referral. (Realtors, Attorneys, Lenders, etc.) So, as an “independent”, if I do not register with the state, I can’t operate. And, if I have no affiliations, I can’t register.
And if I don’t meet the requirements of the organization; qualifications,
CEU’s, etc., I can’t operate, because I can’t register.
At that point you have standards of “beginning qualification”, (we all have to start somewhere) continuing education, and exposure to higher personal standards set by others within the organization.
Not to mention, standards of practice, which tell me as a home inspector, this is what I am supposed to check, that is outside the scope of a standard home inspection.
Should you care to investigate, there is not a whole lot of difference between the standards of practice from one national organization to another. (end quote)
Now, as I re-read this, I’m sure I will get the question of why we should pay the state for this “record keeping”.
The answer to that is also quite simple. We have all put a lot of time, money and effort into the building of this business. And I’m sure that we have all seen the equivalent of the guy with the beat-up mini-van, a screwdriver an outlet tester, and the willingness to work cheaply invade our livelihood. Would I pay the state a reasonable fee to keep that from happening? You betcha! This is an opportunity to either bring them up to speed, or leave them behind.
It should be noted that I have no problem with anyone wanting to enter the business, however, they should know what they’re getting into.
Hot attics, dirty crawlspaces, unscrupulous realtors, buyers, and sellers.
The clients who want to sue you because you don’t have x-ray vision.
Oh, and by the way, I hope you like to write, you’ll be doing a lot of that, too. Not to mention the research it takes to keep up on current standards and the verification of those in the past, as well.
Discouraging? Yes. Reality? Yes. Elimination of cheap upstarts? Definitely!
The blueprint for all this is the position statement at FAPHI.com.
The details have been laid out by which ever association to whom you belong, ASHI, NAHI, NACHI, or the Arabian Assn. of Camel Jockeys.
Objections? Let’s hear 'em!