Originally Posted By: Robert Patterson
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This is a letter I sent to the editor of the communicator magazine in response to an article. I guess we are all uneducated.
Subject: State Licensing
I enjoyed reading Pat Thiel's column "Ask Mr. Inspector" until I read his answer to Norman J., a Realtor from Kentucky. Mr. Thiel expounds on the fact that most inspectors against licensing are uneducated and that ASHI has "great information" on licensing. Mr. Thiel should realize that many inspectors are actually quite educated on the subject, ASHI's push to run other home inspectors out of business and the ASHI Position Paper and, as such, are against licensing until the legislatures and the public are better educated.
I point out the situation in Pennsylvania where ASHI and NAHI attempted to force all home inspectors to join ASHI or NAHI by pushing legislation that requires home inspectors belonging to ASHI or NAHI. Fortunately, members of other organizations and some ASHI members were able to put a stop to it. In New Jersey the new state law, a law that is rated number one by ASHI, is going to put many home inspectors out of business and require others to spend a fortune by paying "mentors", who are all pre-selected ASHI members, to do inspections for them so they can obtain a license. The last I heard there were only less than 5 mentors statewide and the estimated cost per inspector was around $16,000.00. Even ASHI members are extremely unhappy with this law. In another western state, there is such a backlog of obtaining licenses that many inspectors are worried about being able to live until they can receive it. The backlog is due to the few "select" inspectors who were put in charge of it. ASHI's leadership is out of touch with it's membership, on many fronts, and is only interested in controlling an industry. Their actions indicate that they (the leadership) is not interested in promoting good-will, professionalism and education in the home inspection industry. This is unfortunate as ASHI has many experienced, competent and professional members.
I for one am for some sort of licensing for home inspectors, but not based on the ASHI Position Paper. Until ASHI realizes that we do not live in an autocracy, we are all better off without it. I have strongly advocated a coalition of home inspector organizations to model a licensing paper based on the appraisers, but to date the only association that I have heard from is NACHI. The others remain mute, how come?
I feel that Mr. Thiel appears to be an excellent and knowledgeable inspector, but he should refrain from expounding on issues that he has not researched fully and done without prejudice toward any particular organization.
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