Is your favorite home inspector licensed???

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX By The Bay

Tennessee now licenses home inspectors

After much ‘hem hawing' beating around the bush, and lots of other wrangling, Tennessee finally has a licensure law for home inspectors.

As of July 1st of 2006, this year, anyone conducing a home inspection in the State of Tennessee MUST have a license (and hopefully a minimum degree of competence)

Our Home Inspector Licensing Program is operated by some very nice people (so far anyway ;-) ) who go out of their way to be helpful.

Unfortunately not all the home inspectors seem to have caught on yet and to date there are only 10 who are properly licensed in my area.

Reasons and excuses as to why the rest are not run the whole spectrum from "I've been to busy to mess with that", to "we have until the end of the year to get our licenses".

None true,you must be licensed right now, today, in order to lawfully perform a home inspection.

Here's a website Tennessee real estate licensees can use to see if their favorite home inspector is in compliance with the law.

http://www.state.tn.us/commerce/boards/hic/index.html 

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Jim Lee , REALTOR®, Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)

http://JimLee.com  RE/MAX By The Bay

150 Mirona Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801 Phone: (603) 431-1111 x3801

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Jim, are there requirements that have to be met in order to get a license or is it just pay to play?
Aug 01, 2006 11:18 AM #1
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No, there are licensure requirements. You can read all about what you have to do on the website.

http://www.state.tn.us/commerce/boards/hic/index.html 

Aug 01, 2006 04:18 PM #2
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Very good Jim. Thanks for the info. I hope someday Florida will follow suit. Right now all that is required is a business card and occupational license. Not good considering a HI can make or beak a deal.
Aug 01, 2006 04:31 PM #3
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Tori Stamps
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Jim, I was talking to one of our local inspectors who mentioned when the same type law went into effect (I think he said in Ohio), the number of inspctors dropped from 4800 to 400(ish).  Not only was it difficult to get an appointment, but the prices started increasing rapidly (to the point of them being accused of price gouging).  Long story short - make sure to write in your contract a few extra days just in case they start getting bogged down here too.  Instead of 3-5 business days, I now write in 7.  I don't want to chance losing a contract because I couldn't get an inspector over there.

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