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These nationals/regionals WANT a P&P vendor held responsible for ANY issue with the house whether or not they are licensed inspectors or not. Not always because they want to screw someone, but ALWAYS because they do not want to be left holding the bag.
I don't think it is cost effective to have a licensed inspector do a monthly inspection either, but if they are going to hold someone financially liable for the inspection they make, they need to have inspectors who know what to look for do them, not a dude with a flashlight on his phone. The issue is, the nationals and regionals especially- are more interested in shifting the blame off themselves than actually having a meaningful inspection done. The meaningful inspection should be the first inspection before anyone else messes around in the house.
This inspection thing is one aspect of this industry that really needs attention. You can't have Flashlight Dude do a walk through, then have a licensed inspector do another inspection before closing, then hold Flashlight Dude responsible for all of the stuff he didn't even know what to look for. It isn't really ethical in my mind, and it's not even necessary in most cases. The problem could resolve itself in most cases if there was a meaningful licensed inspection done at teh inception of the P&P process. Unfortunately, for the prices they pay, Flashlight Dude is the only guy that will do them. I won't touch them- I have too much time and money tied up in obtaining certification in a state that doesn't even require it. (Michigan)
If whomever was running the freaking show really cared about the homeowners or the houses, nothing in this industry would work like it does right now, but we all know that.