I’ve been in this business for 33 years including all aspects of regulation and trade association rise and fall. I know that my words will not convert younger minds but perhaps they will cause some thought.
Regulation does not improve inspection quality or maintain higher pricing.
State Standards will be used against you.
Your product will become a commodity. Everyone is the same in the mind of the consumer.
Ethical people do not not need a written ethics; unethical people ignore written ethics.
Commerce and the consumer should choose the product and service.
Low cost inspections will never disappear. The time and cost of entering this business is minuscule. A few hundred hours of online classes for $2500? Anyone making $10 dollars an hour will do a somersault if they can make $160 for a four hour inspection. Ignore the cost of doing business argument because it falls on deaf ears. All they see is $40 dollars an hour. They will come and go. The ones who become better will raise their prices.
Technical and management skills separate the weak and strong. But the really strong master marketing skills.
Adopt a trade association as your guideline document and modify it to suit your area and service. InterNACHI is a great place to start.
People who demand regulation that says “do it my way in order to protect the public” do not understand that they are attempting to protect themselves. I find them all to be controlling personalities. Forget regulation. Study, participate in InterNACHI (or the association of your choice) and MARKET your business.
Lastly, although this may offend. The phrase “protect the public” is a chant people use when they cannot justify their argument. Home inspection has been around for 45 years. The public knows about the product. The consumer who chooses a cheap bad inspector gets exactly what they deserve. Smart consumers choose good inspectors. Regulation does not protect stupid people. People smart enough to qualify for a loan in today’s expensive housing market know the importance of a good inspection. Those that do not should live in an apartment.
Regulation will not improve your business, protect your pricing or cause better inspections. YOU control that.