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The best home inspectors are licensed, educated, and in the know with the latest legislative changes. Our ears are constantly to the ground. We keep you up to date on the latest news & developments in the regulation of the home inspection industry. 

  • 06 Sep 2019 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    AB 1018 has been signed by the Governor of CA on September 6, 2019. 

    "This bill would prohibit a home inspector from giving an opinion of valuation on a property. The bill would specify that the law regulating home inspectors does not exempt a home inspector from law regulating real estate appraisers. The bill would prohibit a licensed real estate appraiser performing a real estate appraisal from acting as a home inspector performing a home inspection except as required to comply with standards set forth in law or regulation." 

    Read the full text of AB 1018 here

  • 29 Aug 2019 10:53 AM | Anonymous

    With the shift to a greener and energy conserving world, it is important that your home inspection business also shifts. People who are looking to make their home more energy efficient, might be looking to you for advice. With that in mind, it is important to be educated and prepared on what makes their home more green. 


    Provide the home owner with a Home Energy Score. This U.S. Department of Energy rating was created to give people a simple understanding of just how efficient their home is. The scale ranges from 1 to 10. 10, being the highest level of an energy efficient home. This allows your customers to have a full understanding of where they currently stand and how many more adjustments need to be made to improve their efficiency. In order to do this, however, you will need to get certified by the Department of Energy. 


    Give home owners a list of ways they can be more energy efficient. Include things such as install low-flow shower heads, seal windows, add insulation to your attic, install a storm door, install solar panels, and anything else that could benefit the client. These adjustment suggestions will leave them feeling content. 


    Bringing energy conservation into your conversations with customers will show that your business is evolving with the times. You will be seen as more dependable and will hopefully be recommended to others for your initiative. 











  • 07 Jan 2019 9:44 AM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    Gov. Kasich signs home inspector licensure into law on his way out of office

    Jan 7, 2019

    By Scott Williams, Ohio REALTORS Chief Executive Officer

    The top legislative priority of Ohio REALTORS for more than a decade -- home inspector licensure -- becomes a reality later this year, after the measure was signed into law by Gov. John Kasich late last week.

    The effort to establish a home inspector licensure system in Ohio, which was amended into Senate Bill 255 in the waning days of the 132nd General Assembly, will bring critical consumer-focused oversight to the last remaining unregulated aspect of the home buying process. Ohio will become the 31st state affording home buyers the assurance that the inspector they hire is properly trained to evaluate and assess the home's condition prior to finalizing what is likely the largest financial transaction they will make in a lifetime.

    The measure established a regulatory board that includes representation from the home inspector profession that will adopt standards of practice, requirements for education and create a pathway for consumers to have their complaints addressed. Additionally it:

    • Requires home inspectors to have 80 hours of pre-licensure education including classroom instruction, online instruction or in-the-field experience.
    • Establishes a three-year license, with a requirement for 14 hours of continuing education annually.
    • Ensures that consumers have access to qualified inspectors by creating grandfathering criteria that closely match current practices and standards.
    • Stipulates that a real estate licensee is not required to give a home inspector referral. However, should a licensee choose to refer they must give no fewer than three names.
    • Finally, the law establishes a Home Inspector Recovery Fund. Consumers who obtain a final judgement against a licensed home inspector may seek payment from the fund (up to $40,000). 

    Click here to Read the Full Story

    *Source:  Ohio Realtor's Association

  • 18 Sep 2018 3:36 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

    What the Defect

    Wis. Act 338, effective July 1, 2018, modified the home inspector statute, Wis. Stat. Chap. 440, to create consistency between the offer to purchase and the home inspector’s report. 

    Offer to purchase

    The 2011 WB-11 Residential Offer to Purchase defines a “defect” on lines 182-184 as: “a condition that would have a significant adverse effect on the value of the Property; that would significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of the Property; or that if not repaired, removed or replaced, would significantly shorten or adversely affect the expected normal life of the premises.”

    Home inspector definition 

    The definition of “defect” in the inspection report is now substantially similar to the definition of “defect” in the offer to purchase. Wis. Stat. § 440.97(2m) “Defect” means a condition of any component of an improvement that would significantly impair the health or safety of future occupants of a property or that, if not repaired, removed, or replaced, would significantly shorten or adversely affect the expected normal life of the component of the improvement.

    Therefore, as of July 1, 2018, when a home inspector calls something a defect in the inspection report, the condition must meet the definition contained in the home inspector statute of Wis. Stat. § 440.97(2m).

    Discrepancy in the rules and statute

    As of July 1, 2018, the home inspector administrative rules of Wis. Admin. Code § SPS 131 are inconsistent with the statutory changes of Wis. Stat. Chap. 440. However, even though the rules use different regarding verbiage and terminology that are inconsistent with the new statutory language, the statutory language supersedes administrative rules. The home inspector administrative rules will be updated, but until then, note the statutory language of Wis. Stat. 440 controls the practice. Home inspectors are also required to be educated about the statutory changes. 

    Wis. Stat. § 440.975(3) After completing a home inspection, a home inspector shall submit a written report to a client that does all of the following:
    (a) Lists the components of an improvement to residential real property that the home inspector is required to inspect under the rules promulgated under s. 440.974(1) (b).
    (b) Lists the components of an improvement to residential real property that the home inspector has inspected.
    (c) Describes any condition of an improvement to residential real property or of any component of an improvement to residential real property that is detected by the home inspector during his or her home inspection and that, if not repaired, will have a significant adverse effect on the life expectancy of the improvement or the component of the improvement. *
    (cm) Describes any defect that is detected by the home inspector during his or her home inspection. A home inspector is not required to use the term “defect” in describing a defect in the written report required under this subsection. A home inspector may not use the term “defect” in a written report required under this subsection unless that use is consistent with s. 440.97 (2m).
    (d) Provides any other information that the home inspector is required to provide under the rules promulgated under s. 440.974(1) (c).
    * The strikethrough represents the removed statutory language, while the underline represents new language added by the legislation to the home inspector statute.

    *Source WRA, Cori Lamont

  • 17 Sep 2018 7:18 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

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  • 17 Aug 2018 10:45 AM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

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  • 01 Aug 2018 3:35 PM | Amy Newcomer (Administrator)

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