It has been quite interesting to see the development of opposing forces in Kansas and the split that has occurred. Major players for legislation are the Realtors , Trial Attorneys, and a group of select ASHI Home Inspectors and I sense that home builders are lurking in the shadows. The Opponents to Legislation are a group of Inspectors who belong to KARCI, members of KARCI are made up of inspectors from ASHI, NACHI and NAHI from both the metro and rural areas. What I have pieced together through emails, personal conversations is that each of these groups for legislation have their own agendas that; A. limits their liabilty to their client and can push the blame for their incompentence to the home inspector; B. A cash cow to sue Home Inspectors for the incompentence of a realtor and home builder; C. Try to limit competition under the guise of Consumer Protection which is a facade; D. A cash cow for a HI school in Kansas who’s owner at one time a past HI who was unsuccessful at being a HI; E. A member of a major association trying to get themselves elected to the association’s National Broad of Directors; F. A representative for realtors who lied and decieved a registered lobbiest; and last but not least a state Association of HI’s who say they represent all Home Inspectors, and made such claims to other associations and legislators which is false.
Kansas inspectors, you best get your act together or you will be out of business before you know it because you will not be able to afford your insurance to stay in business, because of one simple thing; the proponents of legislation will get you one way or the other (NO limited liability and required Insurance). At this time there is only one state association that is fighting back, and that IS KARCI, join the fight to protect your business and family from those who want to take it away by spreading falsehoods and practicing deceit. If you believe the rhetoric of “Consumer Protection” broadcasted by these pro-legislation activists, think again, its not there. If you believe in “Consumer Protection” fight these bills being introduced and then protect your clientel by keeping up with your continuing education requirements, follow your associations Code of Ethics and most important, write your Inspection Reports honestly and without favor, thats goes along way to protecting the consumer.
As a well known member who posts on this board says “Legislation Solves Nothing”.
Join KARCI, write or call your state reps and protest these bills being introduce, stand up and be counted and protect your livelyhood from those wishing to take it away. Those inspectors in Western Missouri, its your fight too if you have clients in Kansas, nothing wrong for you to join and write the Kansas Legislators in the areas of Kansas you practice your trade.
I will get off the Soap Box now for the next inspector…