NACHI was the direct result of Nick being unwilling to play by the rules laid down by others who thought they owned the only game in town. Nick’s refusal created a new game in the home inspection industry that although was quickly rejected by the mainstream soon had a grassroots following due to the then little understood housing boom. The rest is as you say…history.
So, today those who once controlled the game from their ivory tower and who suffered from the Nick’s baby & NACHI’s dramatic growth have switched tactics and are teaming up with the Realtors & state legislators to use licensing laws in an attempt to regain what was lost.
The vehicle that is commonly used to advance their cause is the Home Inspector Coalition which is supposedly made up of a cross-section of concerned home inspectors who have pledged to work for the betterment of our profession by developing restrictive licensing legislation that will miraculously raise-the-bar (professionalism) and protect the consumer. Of course, for performing such noble work these crusaders expect to be rewarded by not having to submit to the same qualifications as those they are protecting through grandfather clauses which excuses’ them, how convenient.
A New Game Declared:
The wonderful thing about our opponents is they expect for us to play by their rules, their first mistake. There are two distinct things we can do to upset their plans to have every state licensed.
- Infiltrate their Home Inspector Coalitions spy on their operations, tactics & methods and report anonymously back to NACHI and the other independent home inspectors who do not support licensing. So, if you are currently in a Home Inspector Coalition and you have become disillusioned about licensing, don’t quit, go underground and be a spy for a good cause.
- Get the public and consumer groups involved this will help to insure if & when licensing does come that it is applied equally to everyone. Consumer groups will be opposed to;
[INDENT]Preferential treatment for any association
Grandfather clauses that hand out licenses based on years in business
Unrealistic education requirements that promote schools over curriculum
Licensing laws that lack standards of practice and a code of ethics
Home Inspectors performing repairs on homes they have inspected
[/INDENT]I can tell you this once the consumers get involved we should see an immediate slow down in the number of bills being pushed and enacted into law and those that do become will be much more equitable then the trash that is being pushed today.
The 2007 legislation season is coming to a close and it appears we who oppose licensing have much to be happy about but we can’t sit back and bask in the moment. 2008 is around the corner and we need to get started. If there is anyone out there willing to help us out with the coalition groups contact either Jim Bushart or myself here on the message board. You can trust that we will keep your confidentiality a secret.