History of Home Inspection
By Isaac Peck, Editor
The motivations of the pioneers of the profession nearly 50 years ago to begin inspecting homes are probably not much different than your own: a desire to help—to offer your expertise to those who lack it, combined with the drive to recognize an opportunity and pursue it.
How the profession was born and evolved into what it is today will be of interest to all home inspectors, new and established alike.
Ask many of the old timers and they will tell you that it began in the early 1970s. In 1976, the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) was formed. The California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA) was also formed in 1976. The formation of these first home inspection associations led to the first inspection Code of Ethics and “Standards of Practice.”
It wasn’t until 1985 that Texas became the first state to regulate home inspectors and pass a home inspection licensing law. Other states followed and now more than 30 states have home inspector licensing laws, with many of the remaining states exploring options on how to regulate the profession.
Retracing the timeline of this relatively young profession raises an important question: what was the impetus that kick-started the industry and how has the role of the professional home inspector changed over time?