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  2. I wouldn't even call it thinly disguised, Jim. Point number five is Get Insured. There are links in there only to Inspector Pro. If one really wanted to write an objective article about business strategies, and one of those strategies was to Get Insured, one would expect there would be links to a list of all insurance companies that specialized in home inspectors, not just IPro. Yes, very much like click bait. ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!! Mike
  3. @Jim Katen I respect your opinion. However, I can say that a lot of thought and research was put into the article to genuinely help and had inspectors' best interest in mind. While some of the points may seem obvious, there are not many options for inspectors at the moment, which leaves more basic practices to be focused on. And, some of those more obvious points are obvious for a reason--since it speaks to the importance of those topics. It wasn't intended to be click-bait, but was rather intended to help inspectors in the different levels of quarantine they are at currently, as well as provide proven tips for other situations than the current one we are in. If you have any suggestions as to what we should've included, we're open to hearing your ideas. As for our articles being thinly disguised advertisements, I can say that our material has been very much geared towards education and awareness. It hasn't been our intent to produce shallow material that is self-serving. We do know that a great deal of inspectors enjoy our content, but, again, we are open to hearing your suggestions about topics you would rather have us address. And, while we are still a business, we'd like to think at InspectorPro that what sets us apart is the genuine care we have for inspectors and the industry.
  4. @Marc You bring up a good point that there are consumers that are adverse to receiving emails. I'm not familiar with the minutia of the study Outbound Engine conducted, so I can't speak to what sample they pulled from--which may or may not include those consumers you mentioned--but I do know that the statistic is considered common knowledge in the marketing realm. However, from a marketing standpoint, I know that it's possible to have successful email campaigns. As for the article not following the "stay at home directive," I will have to respectfully disagree. It doesn't encourage inspectors to be using unsafe practices. And, since we insure inspectors around the country, it purposely does not give specifics about mandates to stay home because different states have very different mandates on the situation. Hopefully that can explain things further.
  5. Gosh, when times are slow, I should work on my website! I had never thought of that! What a great idea! I never would have though it! IPro's "articles" on this site have always been thinly disguised advertisements. As long as they provide fresh & useful content, they are tolerated. (And some of them have been quite good.) This one provides neither. It's just old, worn-out advice that provides nothing new or truly useful. It reminds me of those click-bait ads: 10 Tips Guaranteed to Make Business Soar - You Won't Believe #8!!!" It's just as bad as those home inspector seasonal newsletters that contain important "tips" for homeowners like keeping your gutters clean. It's lazy.
  6. @Jim Katen We're sorry to hear about your disappointment in the article. It truly was intended to give help in the current situation--especially since options are so limited for inspectors at the moment. Is there anything in particular you would like to discuss?
  7. Elevator installation requires to be compliant with ASME A17.1 - Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators. Section 2.7.6.3 Location of Equipment in Machine Rooms, Sub-paragraph (c) of this code requires that, “Elevator Machine Rooms shall be lit by permanently installed electric lighting with a lighting intensity of at least 200 lx (19 fc) at the floor level”. This code required lighting intensity of 200 lx (19 fc) is what the inspector is measuring, with the light meter during the inspection. The inspector does not care, what type of light source is used, although incandescent lights should not be used, because that will not comply with the current energy code. Both fluorescent and LED lights are acceptable. To comply with this requirement, you may do a lighting design intensity calculation before the installation, to determine how many light fixtures are required. Also, take actual lighting intensity measurement after the installation, with a light meter to confirm that the 200 lx (19 fc) requirements are met, before calling in the inspector. The machine room and pit lighting, also required to be with guards.
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  9. Biggest bunch of crap you guys have ever posted. Nothing but recycled platitudes of little value.
  10. That statistic likely excludes those consumers who don't want to be bothered by companies offering a service. Like me, when they need someone, they find someone. Until then, they want to be left alone. The article flies in the face of the Stay at Home directive.
  11. Hello, TIJ Readers! Due to popular demand, we wrote an article on infrared technology. We delve into what inspectors have to say about its benefits and drawbacks, as well as what we have to say about it from a liability standpoint. Hope you enjoy! -------- For the past two decades, home inspectors have been inspecting using thermal imaging. By examining the heat given off by various property systems and components, many inspectors have discovered roof leaks, electrical issues, structural defects, and insulation anomalies. However, thermal imaging still isn’t commonplace. Due to the technology’s expense and imperfections, many inspectors have opted out of purchasing infrared cameras for their businesses. For the inspectors that are on the fence, we explore reasons why inspectors use thermal imaging technology and the investments they make to do so. We then touch on important risk management considerations for anyone considering or currently offering infrared inspections. Why inspectors use thermal imaging technology. When asked why they perform home inspections with infrared technology, the six home inspectors we interviewed said that they began offering the service for one or more of the following reasons. 1. They wanted to stay competitive in their market. With only so many houses on the market, home inspectors need to find ways to stand out from other inspectors in their area to be successful. One way home inspectors can get ahead of their competitors is by offering additional inspection services, like thermal imaging. “For me, [thermal imaging] is not only a way to set myself apart as an inspector but to set our company apart,” said Michael Hammel of Guiding Light Home Inspection Services, LLC in Texas. By offering a niche inspection service, Hammel gives his customers value that isn’t easily found elsewhere. For other home inspectors, performing thermal imaging inspections is a matter of keeping up with the competition. Judson Faust of Liberty Inspections in Kentucky started using infrared technology after others in his market began offering the service. Now, he estimates that, when half of his potential customers call, they’re asking about thermal imaging. That’s one big group of business Faust could have lost had he not added infrared cameras to his inspection tool belt. Additionally, Faust says that many of his referring real estate agents look for thermal imaging services before sending inspectors business. “Some realtors love [infrared]. Some realtors will not refer an inspector that does not use thermal imaging because they understand how important it is,” Faust said. By offering infrared inspections, Faust makes sure he stays in his area’s realtor referral pool. Beware of lack of demand. Before adding infrared technology to your home inspections to stay competitive, make sure there’s enough demand. Chuck Lambert of Sunrise Inspection Services in California invested in an infrared camera only to find that, due to the mild climate in his area, selling infrared inspections was more difficult than he’d anticipated. Hammel, too, has seen less interest in thermal imaging than he had expected. However, Hammel attributes this to potential clients not understanding what thermal imaging is and how it can help them. “[Clients] don’t request [thermal imaging] as often as I would like them to. I think a lot of it goes back to education and really knowing whether or not it’s something they need,” Hammel said. Similarly, Matthew Cottenham of Trademark Home Inspection, LLC in Michigan believes many potential clients don’t understand the value enough to make the additional investment into thermal imaging. “It’s amazing how people will complain about their energy bills all day long but not want to spend a few hundred bucks to have someone come in and do a proper energy audit that could save them 20 percent. Over a lifetime, that’s a lot of money,” Cottenham said. To make sure there’s enough demand to warrant investing in thermal imaging, we recommend looking at your potential clients’ pain points and assessing how many homebuyers in your area are likely to want infrared inspections. [READ MORE]
  12. Hi, TIJ Readers! As you all know, the current environment has changed how home inspectors have been conducting business. Many inspectors have voiced their concerns about what this time will mean for their businesses. Well, we have some answers for you. While these tips aren't a cure-all, hopefully some of them can enable you to still have business coming in and improve your company. Enjoy! -------- Every business experiences highs and lows. Your home inspection business is no exception—especially if you’ve built it from the ground up on your own. The lows can be daunting, but they don’t have to be a stumbling block to your success. There are steps you can take to not only mitigate potential losses and keep profits coming in, but also to improve your business so you can come back stronger than ever when business picks back up. We give you 6 valuable strategies for when business is slow. Get talking. When business starts to lag, it’s important to reach out to as many people as possible. One big way to do this is by getting in touch with previous clients. MBO Partners, an online talent acquisition platform for independent businesses, recommends personalizing emails and calls to past clients. They suggest following up with previous projects you’ve completed for these clients and asking if they’re in need of other projects you can do for them. If they aren’t in need of your services currently, you can suggest performing an inspection at a later date, particularly when it comes to annual inspections. Even if you don’t book an inspection from these interactions, the personalized contact is a great reminder to your clients of your excellent service, which can then translate into referrals. Word of mouth can be a significant factor in your success during slow business periods. Another way to drum up business is to network. Whether it’s with realtors, experts you refer clients to, or with your peers, networking can help you create new leads. Or, at the very least, it revitalizes relationships that are beneficial to both you and your business. Get social. While social media platforms and new technology can be daunting, delving further into these resources when business is slow will give you a significant edge over competitors. It may be an undertaking that takes you out of your comfort zone, but the more user-friendly and easy-to-access you can make the way your clients contact you, the less obstacles you have to scheduling inspections. If you have a website, take steps to make it easier to use. Don’t have a website? Create one. If you have social media accounts, update them and be active on them. Don’t have social media accounts? Create them. Building your online presence broadens your business’ exposure can help you reach completely new leads. According to Outbound Engine, a software company for marketing and referrals, 86% of consumers prefer to be contacted via email by businesses. With more time on your hands in slow seasons, you can update your emails lists and send out a strong campaign. [READ MORE]
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  14. Thanks, Mike. "Who was that masked man?" The Lone 'Spector? 🤓 Seniors here, what we used to call little old ladies, but that would make some of us little old men, no? Senior ladies groups are sewing masks from cloth and they are nice masks, kind of like squares from a quilt. You could even have your logo embroidered on there. The mask helps to keep your covid breath from contaminating the home, so it is a service feature for your marketing.
  15. I started a Lambtoon page on FB. I've started to draw some new stuff. Sharing is good.
  16. Great. How can I share it? did you post on Facebook?
  17. Letter D at the end of Distance to complete 3 words: Bored (a triple word score), He, and Distanced. 42 points.
  18. Yes I have...it's pretty bad.. these people have apparently been in the LA area too long.... What a lot of people don't realize is that there are variations of the accent all thru Eastern MA... Where I live (18 mi SW of BOS) we have a lot of ex-Bostonians from neighborhoods of South Boston, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Readville... that infiltrated our accent which was more hayseed dairy-farm around 1900 or so... The old New Englanders are long-gone.. their great grand kids are still around (we have some Puritan descendants still walking around this town). I do my best as part of my home inspection routines to teach newcomers to MA how to properly pronounce things.. Plummah Heatah Watah Watah Metah Soowah Soo-wah ejectah Cirkit Braykah Etceterah..
  19. the rack has the letters im bored play i r e d down using the m in mask to get triple word score for mired i/you are left with mbo or mob on the rack the ensuing conclusion, imo my dyslexia is an asset in some arenas
  20. thematically with that rack i'd play mired down off of mask leaving the obvious next phase mob
  21. all of the above. we see it on nearly all octopus furnaces regardless of fuel used.
  22. "Asbestos wrapped" ducts - originally connected to a coal-fired octopus furnace.
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