I have watched and listened with great interest the debate in this and many, many other posts. The struggle with dealing in the political and economic implications of each and every bill that winds its way through the legislative process is pervasive throughout our lives.
In seeing the forcefulness of the opinions offered here, I have to ask myself these basic questions:
How has the current legislation enhanced or hindered my professional existance?
How will any proposed legislation enhance of hinder my ability to maintain or enhance my current and future earning potential?
As the world existed prior to licensing in the state of Florida, contractors could and did inspect properties and perform the repairs at said properties
The second bone of contention that is pervasive throughout the latest discussion is the “dumbing down” of the Inspection industry. The provision to allow All Division 1, Municipal Building Inspectors and ICC Certificate holders get licensing by endorsement is heatedly opposed by many. Prior to the licensing provision all any of these folks had to do was spin around three times, hang a shingle, and proclaim to the world “I am a Home Inspector” three times and viola! They were!! Like magic!!
Why then do we howl out loud, now that the requirements a tad more rigorous and the costs significantly higher, that the world is coming to an end.
…Yet, I managed to be successful attracting sufficient opportunities to be of service in the home and insurance inspection arena. I question that the provisions of this bill, in either version, will significantly impact that ability. The only thing that will is the quality of the inspections performed.
The only provision that WILL impact our ability to earn a decent wage for a job well done is any provision that would hinder MY ability to perform home and insurance inspections. Any provision that imposes restrictions on MY standards of practice and code of ethics (Which has been very nicely written in the NACHI format) and dictates how I will or will not operate MY business would be of much concern
We ARE the small, independent home inspectors, We proudly display our NACH membership, and offer our resume and referral list to any who would care to compare ability and quality of work. I am NOT intimidated or worried about Johnny come lately, the “Conspector”. If he proves he can provide a better, more thorough, home inspection, I say let him have it. I earn my living on reputation alone! Advertise away, my friend, in the end the professional realtors and insurance agents and our past client list will keep us as busy as we care to be.