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“Deregathon” and Florida Home inspectors

Albert Cook, John Shishilla, Jeff Clair
Home Inspection Licensing Discussion

Today I attended Governor Ron DeSantis’s first ever Deregathon. The Twenty-three licensing boards of Florida met to see what recommendations they would make to help Florida businesses have less regulation. The Governor spoke of saving the citizens of Florida money by having less regulation while still protecting Florida residents from harm.

Home inspectors in Florida do not have a licensing board and are directly licensed by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. There is only about Eleven-thousand licensed home inspectors in Florida with only Seven-thousand active licenses and less than four-thousand actually doing home inspections.

Some professions have boards in Florida with some requirements that maybe unnecessary. While attending the meetings I heard the Construction industry licensing board discussing ways to make business and licensing more streamline. I heard the Realtor’s Board discuss their licensing requirements and even the Building Code administrators and Inspectors Board with ways for military personal to obtain their licenses.

The Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) had great ideas about simplifying processes to obtain other licenses. Making it easier for Division 1 contractors to do roofing. They discussed adding Handy-person licenses so people could legally get small projects done easier. Concerns over Owner-Builder permits and construction while discussing ways to shrink the board itself. They discussed ideas on how to allow for Division 2 contractors to hire subcontractors and even allowing those with a college degree in construction to skip testing for the license. There was even talk of finding ways to reduce the cost of the books for contractors ( currently about $2100.00) so more could easily become licensed.

I was happy to unofficially attend and represent some of the licenses I currently have. Knowing what it took to obtain some of the licenses I am concerned about how it might affect me, my crew, family, and friends. I believe that the Governor has all great intentions with this initiative and understand that many rules and regulations can get in the way of getting the job done and taking care of business. I will continue to watch how this develops in the future because we have a long way to go before there are any changes. I was nice to see government working and debating for the betterment of its citizens. and I am glad I went. Watch for future updates.

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Why a free termite inspection is a scam

Free termite inspection. Sounds nice right? Sure, until they find termites and charge you an arm and a leg to treat the home.

It’s simple business math, let’s break it down real quick shall we?

A free inspection means they have to mark up prices or volume elsewhere in order to meet the company margin. Therefore, they can increase termite treatment cost, but not only that, they can just find more treatments as well. In other areas, they may pay for cheaper employment and/or education/re-licensing classes.

One big surprise we found was some termite companies pay their employees a commission based on if they find termites. At first, it appears to be okay, but it opens conflicts of interest when a supposed non-biased inspector should be trying to help you. The commission-based inspector can AND WILL upsell you on a treatment EASILY when he/she finds evidence of wood-destroying insects or “plants” termite evidence (yes, this has happened).

Here’s how….Fact: termites scare homeowners. Fact: people buy based on emotion. Fact: some companies pay their inspectors per termite finding. And fact: said termite inspectors somehow end up finding more damage to upsell you based on your emotions! (Amazing!!!)

So what does this mean? Well, the free or cheap inspection you paid for was a gimmick. It means they used this as a sales tactic to get you to use their service, then try to find termites, to then pay their cheap labor to cost you more than needed to treat the home in extreme measures. Not to mention, your inspector probably smelled like cheese and looked like he just crawled out of the sewers.

As a company that is in this industry, we see it time and time again, sadly. Do we join their sales tactics in order to get more business and make more money for the “elite owners”, or do we stand for what is Honorable? You take a guess (hint read our name).

If there is one thing to remember here, remember this: if you pay for a cheap service, you will pay more in other areas.

“Honorable service for you and your home.” We stand by it 100% from the rose smelling inspectors, to the perfected price point. This industry is based on numbers, not people. Honor Services is here to change that. Contact us here.

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What to do when something breaks after a home inspection…

Imagine moving into your dream home after going through the hassle moving ends. A week into the adjustment, your water heater breaks. Who’s responsible? Obviously not you right? You just moved in! The home inspector? Well, home inspectors’ cannot predict something breaking into the future unfortunately. So who is to pay?

These cases happen all too often in the real estate industry. At the end of the chain, it ends up being the new homeowner who starts off the ownership of their new home by paying for the repair.  But with the right home inspector, you can protect yourself even after the home inspection.

A new program offered by Honor Services gives you the protection after you move into a home backed by multi-national Amtrust Financial. The best part? It’s free with your home inspection and protects you for 90 days after the home inspection or 21 days after closing.

We call it Honorable Protection even after the inspection.

Not in our area? Contact us, we will be more than happy to connect you with a professional inspector in your area.

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