The state of Ohio has started issuing licenses for home inspectors in an effort to raise the overall standard of inspections. While not yet required, we went ahead and have become some of the first licensed inspectors in the state.
The application which involved getting FBI background checks as well as submitting a record of what continuing education has been completed and exams we have taken and passed.
Licensing does not guarantee that all inspectors will do the same inspection, but it will hopefully start weeding the bad inspectors out. All too often when we are inspecting a home that the sellers bought two or three years ago we find multiple issues that should have been found by their inspector. A bad inspection is often cheaper in the short term but can cost thousands later when a good inspector performs a thorough inspection for the next buyer.
As well as been licensed we are maintaining our ASHI membership and continue to use the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) standards for our inspections and will do until such time as the Ohio Dept of Commerce Division of Home Inspection approved an alternative set of standards.
The ASHI standards are the most detailed standards available
to the home inspection industry at this time.