In 2006, NY State began licensing Home Inspectors, and put forth Standards of Practice (SOP) which dictated what home inspectors were to do when performing a home inspection. I was among the first inspectors licensed that year.
Brief overview of my background - Late 70's & 80's, I was a Carpenter/Framer. Then for about 20 yrs, I ran successful remodeling business. After that, I was offered a position with Rochester Housing Authority as an Housing Inspector / Lead Paint Inspector. Retired from there 2006, started my own business doing Home Inspections, Lead Paint Inspections, Radon testing, and NY State Certified Mold Assessor.