The state of Illinois passed legislation to provide guidelines for the home inspection industry. The law states that any person who performs an inspection on any two components of a home to facilitate the sale, lease or other conveyance of residential real property shall be licensed. My intention is not to go through the law; I just wanted to make you aware of it. If you wish to read it, here is the link – Home Inspector Law.
This law was put in place to protect the consumer. It is very specific on the amount and type of training required prior to applying to the IDFPR (Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation) for a license. After all requirements are met and the Home Inspector has a license, there are guidelines in place to ensure the inspector is obtaining continuing education. CE is required on an annual basis and must be completed before an inspectors license can be renewed.
Another cool thing on the IDFPR web site (http://idfpr.com/) is there is a place to look up license information on any licensed professional that is under their jurisdiction. By simply entering the name or license number of a home inspector you can determine if the license is up to date, if the inspector is in good standing, and if the inspector has had any disciplinary action taken against him/her. This is a good tool to use to be sure the inspector you are hiring is in fact licensed.
Even though there are laws in place and the penalties are steep, there are still people performing home inspections without a license.
My closing recommendations are:
- Only hire a licensed inspector.
- If in doubt, check it out! Go to the website and make sure.
- Sign a contract before the inspection begins.
- If you desire, read the standards of practice so you know what to expect.
- Call me with any questions you may have.
- Buying and owning a home is stressful enough ..why add to it? Hire a licensed inspector.
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