I posted this this morning on another question about inspectors
They do not need license in Utah. We have some that are engineers and therefore the inspection falls under the engineerâ€™s license. The same would hold true for a licensed general contractor.
As for the associations, they are better then nothing as for educating inspectors. It is my opinion that the association teaches them how to cover their butts more than it does about knowledge of buildings, because they have no legal authority on building or construction.
Nothing beats a builder or general contractor of 25 years or more. The remodel contractors are the best. They have run across more circumstances on existing homes then most people.
Builders are aware of the current code which is not a lot of help on an old home. When you have an 80 year old house that was rewired on the late 60â€™s, you can throw away the code book. It is now about safety, just because it is not todayâ€™s code doesnâ€™t mean it is not safe. That is why the experienced remodel contractor is good. Their downside is they are trained to redo things and there fore are telling how it needs to be done. When all you really are looking for is the house safe, and is it going to need a ton of work to make it safe.
Hope it helps