Inspectors are called upon to evaluate the work of master tradesmen
and specialist. But they are not above those professionals in their field
of expertise. At first glance, the casual observer would think the
Home Inspector is greater than these Professionals because they
are called upon to inspect their work and call out corrections. But this is
not the case.
But, a Home Inspector is unique in that they are required to evaluate many
fields of special trades and skills. The education process if very wide
and covers a lot of information. The skill that is developed by the inspector
in the field cannot be learned entirely from reading books.
A huge market shift has taken place in the real estate market. The vast
majority of buying and selling is being searched out and helped along by the
internet now. The consumer is becoming more educated in the process and
many are now seeing the need for a home inspection more than ever.
This trend is still increasing.
As the consumer looks at the great sea of choices now available for
choosing a home inspector, it can be difficult to know which one to
choose. Some rely on their Realtor to help them make that choice,
but many now understand the need to make that choice themselves.
Many Realtors are also realizing the need to find experienced inspectors,
which protects everyone involved in the process, more than just
the cheapest guy in the phone book.
The “Certified Master Inspector” designation can help the consumer
in their search for a home inspector, that is distinguished above all
the other choices. Those three words in CMI carry a lot of power
and help the inspector appear to have third party endorsement,
superior experience and better qualifications. It also enables
the CMI to charge more in the market place, that rewards experience,
achievement and superior service.
In an effort to ensure that each person who holds the CMI designation
does indeed have superior qualifications and experience, a new condition
will be added to the list CMI requirements .
** Effective August 1, 2007:
All applicants for the CMI designation will be required to have a
minimum of 3 years actual home inspection experience.**
This will help insure that the CMI has a solid real world knowledge
that can only be learned through field experience, to go along with the
other requirements that are already in place.
The verification process for this requirement is being worked out as we
speak. All previous CMI’s will not be affected by this change. Educational
and Trade designation have always grandfather previous members
and do not break agreements that are already set in place. The definition
of trust is a “promise kept”.
CMI’s are not provided any benefits from NACHI that are not available
to any and all NACHI members. NACHI will not make CMI part of
any membership requirements. CMI is a designation based on education
and experience and is not a second tier of NACHI in any form. Anyone,
from any other association outside of NACHI, is always welcome to apply
for the CMI designation.
As CMI grows in respect and numbers… more and more consumers, and
the industry, will recognize the need for a CMI home inspector. I believe
the CMI designation is a worthy accomplishment.
Thanks for everyone’s support. I appreciate it very much.
More good things to come.