Having spent a couple of years watching legislation develop in the various states, I have made some interesting observations.
In New Jersey, an inspector did a poor enough job (according to one state senator) that cost a home owner $100,000 in damages — leading to (at that time) one of the toughest home inspector bills in the country. Interestingly enough, the inspector who did the bad inspection was “grandfathered” under the new bill and among the first to be licensed.
In Massachusetts, an inspector cited by the legislature as an example as to why licensing was necessary was not only “grandfathered”, but ended up sitting on the Massachusetts licensing board.
Inspectors in every state where licensing is being considered seem to determine a good bill from a bad bill…by whether or not they will be “grandfathered”. They oppose legislation that affects them…but will support it when it affects their competition.
This is why several members of NACHI and ASHI are getting together to form a National Coalition that will oppose every “grandfathering” clause in every bill proposing home inspection legislation in every state.
Why should the bad guys (like New Jersey and Massachusetts) be off the hook? If it is a good bill…a good bill should be applied equally, across the board. If it is a bad bill, it should be opposed by all home inspectors…period.