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Inspection Integrity Act Becomes Law in Wisconsin
by Joel Kleefisch, Government Affairs Director for ATI Training
In the era of at-home gatherings, staycations, and closed entertainment venues, sales in the home buying market continue, well, like a house on fire. New Realtors and home inspectors are entering the market quickly as well.
In Wisconsin, the Realtors Association teamed up with ATI Home Inspector Training to make sure there is a high standard of integrity when it comes to consumers’ largest purchase of their lives. The Home Inspection Integrity Act will for the first time in state history call for education up-front when a would-be home inspector applies for registration. Previously, anyone could hang a shingle, paint a van and open shop leaving the potential homebuyer with little faith their inspector had any education prior to scanning crawl spaces in their potential dream home.
The new law also requires the inspection to have a summary page where the statutorily defined word “defect” is used when legally required. This will create a new equal standard across the board and give buyers the most transparent representation of the home they may purchase.
This new law is good news for buyers, sellers, and everyone else involved in the process. It gives new home inspectors credentials right off the bat and aids in their proof of reliability. It gives Realtors a uniform tool when negotiating on behalf of their clients, and it gives buyers and sellers common language and understanding when it comes to descriptions.
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Wisconsin’s new law is a great example of how industry experts worked together with lawmakers, compromised, and took a giant leap forward in guaranteeing integrity in the home buying process.
The Home Inspector Integrity Act in Wisconsin is a shining example of how industry advancement and consumer protection can both win, and who doesn’t agree we could all use a few wins these days!
About the Author
Joel Kleefisch has over two decades of legislative experience under his belt, having served Wisconsin as a State Representative of the 38th Assembly District. Joel works tirelessly to support home inspection businesses throughout the entire United States, both big and small, working with lawmakers to ensure every home inspector has complete freedom to grow their business.
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by Brian Paull
The Home Inspection Integrity Act is legislation that was unnecessary and does nothing to increase the quality of home inspections. The article states that previously anyone could call themselves a home inspector. That is not correct. There were two exams that had to be taken to become licensed. I don’t disagree with mandatory school to be licensed but the article was not correct. The fact that inspectors need to list defects is not new. I have been using that in a summary for nearly 7000 inspections. The problem is that the new law defines defects different than the Wisconsin Offer To Purchase. All this has done is cause the price of home inspections to increase due to extra regulations put on an already regulated industry.-