SC Code of Laws requires Home Inspectors to be Licensed
The ‘home inspection” should be a key activity in all real estate transactions regardless of whether or not financing is involved (bank requiring the inspection), or if the home is being sold “as-is”. Often times home inspections are conducted as an integral process step in working towards satisfying the contingency component of the real estate agreement.
As of Jan 2021, a current South Carolina license or registration is required to engage in residential building, specialty contracting or home inspection activities in this state, as defined in S.C. Code of Laws Title 40 Chapter 59 – specifically SECTION 40-59-410 - Code of Laws - Title 40 - Chapter 59 - Residential Home Builders (scstatehouse.gov)
The seller can elect to have a home inspection and report the results to the prospective buyer, but it is typically the prospective buyer who engages the home inspector. In any event, it is always recommended that the individual who is hiring/engaging the home inspector conduct a verification of the license to make sure that it is active.
In South Carolina, the home inspector’s licensed can be verified through South Carolina Labor Licensing Regulation (SC LLR), go to Licensee Lookup and select License Type = Home Inspector.