Active Rain July 25, 2010

New York Home Inspectors Must be Licensed

It has been New York law since 2005 that home inspectors be licensed by the Department of State. The reasons are fairly numerous, but they include the following:

  • Consumer protection. Licensure is a starting point for vetting people to hire for the job.  
  • Oversight. The population of inspectors is no longer murky, either. 
  • Peace of Mind. This can be misleading, as licensed inspectors can still stink. 
  • Professional Standards. Making them statutory protects the consumer.
In short, it is all about the consumer. I have great respect for ASHI and professional trade organizations with their own guidelines, but licensure gives consumer protection teeth. I should add that since the law went into effect I have had very few problems with any home inspectors. I could count on one hand the number of companies I would be reticent to work with, and that is more due to alarmist communication than competence. 
To look up whether or not a home inspector is licensed, check them out on the New York Department of State Website
Home Inspectors don't have an easy job