Do you need a license to be a home inspector in California?
There is no license requirement for home inspectors in California, but they are regulated by a trade practice act. Business professions code (BPC) CHAPTER 9.3. Home Inspectors [7195 - 7199]. This is why it is so important to make sure your home inspector has experience, good reviews, carries great insurance, and most of all is certified by a credible home inspector certification body. Odyssey Home Inspection is certified by InterNACHI®, the world’s leading association for home inspectors. InterNACHI® School is the only home inspector school accredited by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET), a national accrediting agency of the U.S. Department of Education.
In the California business professions code for home inspectors, it is considered an unfair practice for a general contractor to perform home inspections. In the Sacramento area, most of our competition is general contractors looking to fill their schedules and bid jobs for themselves. Since there is no license requirement for home inspectors, there is no regulating authority to issue any fine or warning and it is left up to the real estate agents in the transaction to know this.
Anyone can say they provide home inspections, and charge what a home inspector charges. Never take the lowest bidder. Always do your due diligence and ask questions. There are many certifying bodies such as ASHI, CREA, ICA, AHIT and a plethora of others. Some only require a fee in exchange for a credential! Odyssey Home Inspection commits to providing this type of information to anyone. Give us a call today! (707)321-5877