After a sunrise review this year, the Department of Regulatory Agencies has concluded that home inspectors, like other professionals involved in real estate transactions, should be licensed. The report included examples of consumers harmed by the conduct of home inspectors in the past, some of whom engaged in criminal activities in the course of conducting inspections. The report concludes, “In sum, the evidence of harm identified during the course of research for this sunrise review demonstrates financial, emotional and physical harm to consumers in Colorado.”
DORA suggests that inspectors should also be required to pass an examination and a fingerprint-based criminal history background check. A seven-member home inspector board could provide regulatory oversight of home inspectors and home inspector licensees should be required to complete continuing education.