Why New Hampshire home buyers call me...

So it’s your contention that a state law (sb 212) which contained a poorly copied version of the ASHI SOP is superior to my contractual agreement with my clients to meet or exceed the NACHI SOP. WHat a crock of ****. I suppose you’d agree that HI’s should have the option of informing about SAfety problems like the recent bill did. That this is superior to my contracted agreement and practice which tells my clients that any Safety issue will be communicated to all parties and concerned folks (like tenants living with unsafe wiring) as an exception to the usual confidentiality practice.

My Quinlan can’t find a lawyer to sue someone. Could it be that even the sharks recognize a case without merit. No HI routinely checks for mold using other then their senses. And beyond visually examining the elctrical ground what other tests would an HI do in a normal inspection (please, if you are an electrician or engineer and actually measure the ground performance that is wonderful. But that is not in anyone’s HI SOP) As for My Q’s plumbing leaks a year after the fact it was an inspection of conditions at the time. And the later occuring plumbing problems could be the necessary ingredient for the mold to grow as well.

But the problem couldn’t be a homeowner looking for someone to pay for the ordinary maintenance and repair things that happen in every house sooner or later. We all know homeowners would never do that. It must be a lack of state regulation that caused this problem. Who cares if honest and hardworking HI’s who haven’t yet built up a pile of inspections are run out of business for the benefit of folks just waiting to pick up all that business.

Now don’t get me wrong. I support fair licensing. And the recent SB212 had one saving grace that I’m sure you’d approve of. It would have stopped the currrent practice of Mass inspectors from slipping into NH for a fast buck. (Like happened to poor Mr Quinlan if your theory is correct. Hired one of those ashi vulturess from Mass) while keeping NH inspectors out of their sandbox. The bill required Mass to recognize NH licensing and until it did then Mass inspectors could stay on thier side of the border where they belong. An exellent idea in my opinion.

Licensing that imposes “ex post facto” or backward looking requirements is wrong. When and if NH comes up with forward looking regulation that protects consumers while requiring that inspectors improve their knowledge going forward without making a blatant attempt at giving control to one dying unprofessional association I’ll support it.

Southern NH home buyers keep me busy. If a prospective home buyer books with me, I’m not going to have a hard time crossing the border.

i’ll set my own bar, thank you. the public’s perception and i don’t usually see eye to eye.

“inspectors without borders”. go, dave, go. i think we, as professionals, should go within our self-set geographic limits and not be restricted to a line where methuen meets salem.

Did you know that if you went to the state of Massachusetts and conducted a home inspection that you “Andy Frost” could be handcuffed, arrested, and taken to jail?

Do you know that you could be fined up to $2000?

Massachusetts has a very strict set of laws and protect “their own”.

The poorly written ASHIFIED Senate Bill 212 would let this practice continue. At the last Senate subcommittee two of our senators amended the law to state that unless Massachusetts lets New Hampshire home inspectors conduct inspections freely and unhindered in Massachusetts that the State of New Hampshire is going to prohibit Massachusetts inspectors from “crossing the borders” and conducting inspections in our state.

We had to work long and hard for this minor concession. There are many, and I repeat many items in this Bill that are biased and punitive towards New Hampshire home inspectors.

I am happy to say that it was “rereferred to committee” and that hopefully it will either died the ugly death it deserves or it can be modified where it it will be palatable for all concerned.

If New Hampshire had HI licensing in place, then you wouldn’t have to worry about us Massachusetts Home Inspectors going over the border to perform your home inspections. But then again, I would get licensed for the state of New Hampshire.

Until then, I’ll be crossing the border on a weekly basis.

Sorry New Hampshire-ites.


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Hi guys,
I read this amendment to say that if you do not allow us, then we
do not allow you and viceverc
which is the way it should be.

I am getting the impression that Mr. Valley has a deep desire to see home inspectors in New Hampshire licensed, and I do not believe it is a desire for less business that motivates him.

I’ll go as far as to say that, if it were true that the lack of licensing in NH was indeed good for his business, he would remain silent on the issue and would certainly not encourage change…unless we are to believe that his concern for people in a different state exceeds his own desire for income.

No…there is something here that I cannot quite put my finger on…but it does have the slight odor of herring…

[FONT=Times New Roman][FONT=Verdana]Hi to all,

If the state of Massachusetts would allow New Hampshire home inspectors to conduct business free and unhindered in the state of Massachusetts I would have no objections to anyone from Massachusetts coming to New Hampshire to conduct a home inspection.

At this time my objections are this;

Any Massachusetts home inspector can come into the state of New Hampshire and conduct inspections all day long without penalty, and without having to pay any taxes, to the state of New Hampshire. They don’t even have to be registered as a business entity.

As you know if a New Hampshire inspector goes in to the state of Massachusetts and conducts a home inspection we could be handcuffed, arrested, and taken to jail.

We would also be fined up to $2000.00

Like I said earlier, Massachusetts has a very strict set of laws to protect “their own”, and I believe that it is high time that New Hampshire did likewise.

For those of us NACHI members who attended the Senate hearings in the Senate subcommittee hearings we fought long and hard to get this concession.
I and several others had a chance to voice our objections about this biased and punitive section of Senate Bill 212. As you can see by the amendment below the Senators did listen to us.

At that time Senate Bill 212 allowed any inspector from any state to conduct inspections in the state of New Hampshire without their state having to recognize a New Hampshire licensed inspector.

I am happy to say that our logical and methodical approach paid off. Our Senators are an intelligent group of folks and once they had a chance to actually read the Bill they saw how biased and punitive it was, and still is. That is why the vote against it was unanimous!

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[FONT=Times New Roman]310-A:176 Reciprocity. Upon payment to the board of a fee, the submission of a written application form[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]provided by the board, and meeting any other criteria established by the board, the board may issue a home[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]inspector license to any person who holds a valid home inspector license issued by another state or possession[/FONT]
[FONT=NewCenturySchlbk-Roman]of the United States, or the District of Columbia, that has standards substantially equivalent to, or[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]exceeding those of this state, as determined by the board. The board may also enter into a written reciprocity[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]agreement with another jurisdiction. The board shall not recognize a home inspector license issued by[/FONT]
[FONT=Times New Roman]another jurisdiction which does not recognize a New Hampshire license issued by the board.[/FONT]
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But if the legislation that you seem to feel should have passed was law you wouldn’t be able to slip across the border (as you put it). Unless Mass allowed licensed NH inspectors to slip across the border and inspect in your state. (like that’s going to happen)

Based on what I hear about Mass inspectors in NH their biggest selling point is they will work cheap. I’m sure some sell quality but anecdotal evidence suggests they just sell price. (and bullsh** about how they are licensed and therefore competent compared to us yokels in NH)

As Always Just my Not so Humble Opinion

This is the norm in all licensed states.

Once the state has defined, with a license, what a competent and qualified inspector is…then all inspectors with the same license are equally competent and qualified, in the eyes and mind of the consumer.

With all other things being equal, price is the only area left to compete.

In Arizona last year, a few licensed inspectors got with a television station and set up a “sting” where they attempted to show, with hidden cameras, how not all licensed inspectors were, indeed, competent. Kinda sleazy way to market if you ask me, but they did it anyway.

At the end of the segment, one licensed inspector explained how much licensing has actually helped the Arizona consumer with…as he described…“the lowest average inspection fees in the nation”.

This is what is so astounding to us who are fighting licensing bills in unlicensed states…since we can actually observe the downward trends in those states who fell to such laws.

I think the proof of the poison in any licensing bill can be found in the fact that a “grandfathering clause” exists. A licensing bill that is good for the inspector is good for everyone.

Licensing solves nothing.

New Hampshire home inspectors unregulated…


This is part of the ASHI media campaign to get public support for the bill they have languishing in the NH legislature. I hope you are not assisting them in their efforts.