O’Handjob and Co. are in this strictly to use legislation to limit their competition. They tried and failed when they fabricated a need for home inspectors to be licensed WDO/WDI inspectors and carry E&O.
When this was exposed as a sham, they passed a bill for home inspectors.
As usual, Jim Bushart can’t make his point by being truthful, so he is lying. Based on the number of lies I’ve witnessed him tell on this forum over the years, I think it would be interesting to see some of his inspection reports - I bet those are kind of interesting in their inventiveness too.
Fact: Myself, the rest of the board and the folks in the coalition that helped usher in licensing here had nothing to do with the law that required home inspectors to also be pest inspectors. That law was passed in 1991 and was pushed through by pest inspectors. The ones who pushed it through were also instrumental in forming the Washington State Pest Control Association (Now Washington Pest Management Association).
Pussfart is right about one thing - I think it was meant to eliminate competition; but it wasn’t home inspectors trying to eliminate home inspector competition here, it was about pest inspectors who outnumbered home inspectors here 3 to 1 at that time who wanted to stop the influx of home inspectors who had decided to throw in pest inspections as an additional revenue stream.
The bug guys needed a way to stop the many newbies who were jumping into the then still relatively new and completely unregulated home inspection business, who were taking business away from them. They figured out that by marrying home inspections to pest inspections and requiring expensive E & O insurance that they’d be able to discourage many potential inspectors from entering the business, thus giving themselves more time to establish a solid client base and referral network.
Where they failed was in enforcement. WSDA just didn’t have the time or money to police the system and many new home inspectors opened up their doors anyway without getting a bug license.
In January of 2006 we home inspectors formed a coalition here to try and separate home inspectors from the bug inspectors and to institute specific education and training requirements. The bug guys were invited to participate and had a seat on the coalition. The bug guy tried to influence coalition members to maintain the status quo and endorse the requirement for a bug license; but, when the coalition members rebuffed him, the pest guy eventually quit the coalition when it became clear that his efforts wouldn’t be successful.
The coalition’s aims were simple; get home inspectors separated from bug inspectors again and get every home inspector licensed and have everyone home inspector prove that he or she could do what he or she claimed to be able to do - inspect homes.
There was no ulterior motive like trying to eliminate anyone’s competitors or to make gobs of money off of educating inspectors as Bushart has so often alleged.
It’s now more than two years since passage of the bill and not a single one of those in the coalition or those who sit on the board has opened up any training schools. One fellow who sits on the board is the designated education provider that the law requires be on the board. He was not a member of the coalition or instrumental in the law’s passage and he was teaching before the licensing initiate even began. He is not allowed to be on the education committee because that would be a conflict of interest.
The only other member of the board that teaches anything to do with home inspections is myself; I teach a 30 hour introduction to home inspections course every fall as part of the real estate program at a local community college. My students are primarily appraiser students, realtor students, realtors, investors and propery management professionals. The aim of the course is to try and bring an understanding of what we really do to other real estate professionals in the hope that it will improve our image. I’ve been teaching the course for nearly 6 years and I make about $2000 for 30 hours of my time. Wow, I sure am getting rich! Want to guess how many Saturday jobs I’ve had to turn down to teach that class over the past six years and what that cost me in lost income?
As far as I know, so far, nobody’s business has been shut down who was able to pass the NHIE to become licensed. In fact, except for those who’ve already been issued licenses, DOL hasn’t got any reason to shut down anyone until after the July 1st deadline passes. More to the point, the board doesn’t have the authority to put anyone out of business - that’s the Director DOL’s exclusive authority.
The bottom line here is that Jim Bushart is a bald faced liar of the worst magnitude. It’s sad that so many of you here consider a known liar to be credible.
ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!
Mike O’Handley, LHI
Your Inspector LLC.
Wa. Lic. Home Inspector #202