EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2017, HOME INSPECTORS IN VIRGINIA MUST BE LICENSED.
What Virginia REALTORS® need to know:
If you recommend an unlicensed home inspector, you may be liable. It is essential to determine the license status of your home inspector before recommending to a client for an inspection on or after July 1, 2017. If you already have an inspection scheduled on or after July 1, 2017, and are uncertain about the licensure of your home inspector, it is highly recommended that you defer inspection until the licensure of the home inspector is verified.
This page offers a comprehensive guide to the history of this change in the law and our educational resources on the issue. There is a downloadable .pdf to share with your home inspectors to help them become more aware of the licensing requirement. All licensing requirements are stipulated by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR), with links below. All questions from home inspectors regarding licensing requirements must be directed to DPOR.
- DPOR Updates on the Licensure Process: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/ALHI/HI_Licensure/
- Asbestos, Lead, and Home Inspectors Board: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/Boards/ALHI/
- Regulations: http://townhall.virginia.gov/L/ViewXML.cfm?textid=11587
- Home Inspector Training Resources: http://www.dpor.virginia.gov/uploadedFiles/MainSite/Content/Boards/ALHI/A506-33CHI_CRS.pdf
Additional Virginia REALTORS® resources:
- 2016 New Laws Webinar
- 2017 New Laws Webinar
- 2016 New Laws Video
- 2016 New Laws Article
- 2017 Home Inspectors Podcast
- Information Sheet for Home Inspectors