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  1. The body of my report I consider my working notes. It is there that I fulfill the requirements the State (and ASHI) have imposed: items to be observed, described and qualified. From this I create a "summary" which specifies clearly and concisely those circumstances and conditions, I believe, the client is really looking for from me. This section is numbered to make the communication between my client and the attorney workable. I break this page into two parts: the first are those deficiencies that deal with the major systems as a whole; those that will make habitability difficult; and those th
  2. Absolutely, Brian. I appreciate your posting and let's leave it at that. I get the feeling from your postings that the bottom line for you, as it is for me, is the welfare of our clients and that should be the ultimate test as to an inspector's motivation. Without that and the results that attitude presents I know I would soon be out of business. I think I originally was taken back by the questioning of my integrity that appeared to be occurring due to a disagreement with my methodolgy, since no one on here had ever seen me perform an inspection. I hope that was not the case. When I was fi
  3. Randy, I am not sure what you mean by a better report. A report that describes the home, specifies its condition, lists its deficiencies and gives solid fact-based recommendations is a good report. If it does that whether its long or short, filled with pictures, or narrative or checklist then it is a good report. We are paid to inspect the home. The report is simply the way to communicate our findings. I have investors who hire me and they don't want a report. They want only verbal communication. Does that mean I did a bad inspection? The inspection was the same. Only the method of delivering
  4. Brian, your thoughts are appreciated. If I gave the impression that my thinking is inflexible, then that was poor communication on my part. If ideas are out there that will make me a better inspector or make me more money then, as I believe my career has shown, I would be happy to embrace them and change. You mentioned an inspector in your area who you are highly critical of, yet your disregard seems to be centered on the fact that he does a great number of inspections. What is the quality of his work? I would like to know what is it specifically about how he inspects that makes him a bad
  5. Gary, I grew up in Niagara Falls. My mother and all my cousins still live there. I usually visit once a year. Small world. Sal
  6. I appreciate your many kind comments. Gary asked some questions about the inspection business and the training and about the reports. When I began 13 years ago I simply wanted to work at a job that allowed me to support my family, rely on my skills and provide for money into the future. (I had no pension) I came upon this by accident, went to Wisconsin for training and started this business. It has grown by leaps and bounds, and I have had a blast along the way. It took two years to get started with a lot of trial and error marketing. As it grew I kept seeing a vision as to where this coul
  7. I may have given the wrong impression. I said if I were structuring the business today I would have as my goal the ability, method and reporting system that would allow me to do 4 per day. That I would see as ideal. Physically four is too exhausting to do. I have done it when my back was to the wall. That is why I added a partner. When I teach my classes I always want my students to set their sights on the ideal rather than the base. Then when the goal may not be reached success would still be at hand.
  8. When I saw the original posting on this topic I read of an inspector who had used one method of reporting at great expense and was switching to another, I am sure also at great expense. I simply wanted to share some ideas that I have developed and present maybe a different vision of what this business can be. My caution to the original author was simply to understand how he wanted his business to function in the future and that here were some ideas, humbly offered, to be considered. I wasn't expecting to have each paragraph dissected and each sentence parsed, and I am not going to get into
  9. When I train inspectors (I have a home inspection school in Illinois along with my HI business), I give them 5 goals to pursue when they are starting out, the 5th being make money. Without the skills and artistry based on quality work, that goal will never be reached. However, it is a business and business by its nature should have profitability as its goal. Why else do it? I am sure every inspector would admit that making money is a prime reason for being in this business. With that in mind I encourage young inspectors to look to the future in the design and development of their business visi
  10. Brian, I agree with you completely. In order to perform the inspection and deliver the report onsite I needed experience and a partner. The experience I had and 7 years ago I added a partner. I have done only a handful by myself in the last 7 years and it is not something I like doing and I can't imagine how I did them alone for so long. Now there are three of us and we mostly work in teams.
  11. I agree with Randy on this one. After so many years and so many homes I can often predict what I will find (and have to be careful of this ) When I started this business I came in as "a home inspector". What is that? Over the years I have developed my business the way I want it. Randy mentioned justifying charging the same amount for less time. I see my business objective as protecting my clients interests on the major systems of the home, regardless of time. I am not paid by the hour. I explain this exactly to my client when we begin. If it takes 10 minutes or 4 hours to protect their inter
  12. P.S. It would be interesting to know why most inspectors are moving away from delivery at the end of the inspection. Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
  13. I get the impression that many inspectors are moving away from onsite reports. It would not work in my situation. I find that with the numbers we do ("did" prior to the chaos of this market)) (I have 2 partners) and the time constraints of the contract , we would be overwhelmed in the evening with reports to put together and deliver in a timely fashion. I have always been comfortable with creating, editing and printing onsite. Our HP 460 will print 2 full copies of the report in less than 2 minutes. I reiterate, my business model isn't for everyone but it has worked effectively and competetive
  14. I have moved in the opposite direction from where the majority of the inspectors appear to be heading. I use a tablet on site, fill out my report onsite and deliver it onsite at the conclusion. I have set up my business model as one in which I do the inspection, complete the report, immediately deliver it and receive payment. I choose not to add extra time or work at home. I entered this profession 12 years ago to do quality work and have a quality life. Working at home at night after a day of inspecting is not how I choose to run my business or conduct my life. I use a Toshiba tablet, a HP wi
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