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Anthony DiPonio

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  1. Dan, Wow im sorry if I hit a nerve, the reason for all the questions is to get real world answers. I dont want to enter into a market and be a ankle biter or a whore to the realtors. I have had training ( I will leave the name of the institution out of this) and frankly it sucked. You know give us your money and we will show you how to make $800.00 per day as a home inspector. The formal training consisted of network with realtors dont be a deal breaker and you will do just great. I almost forgot they did show some basic elements of a home inspection that im sure my five year old son could complete. I do agree with you, I do need to get out there and make mistakes but I dont want the mistakes to be to enter into a market drop my drawers on price and do as many inspections as I can, get as many realtor referals as I can, hand the client a report and be gone. When I first ccame upon this forum I thought wow this is a great way to gain knowledge and if im stepping over the line please let me know and I wont post as much. Thanks, Tony
  2. This is a two part question. I feel that I am qualified to begin but I know that I am weak in some areas. I have a bachelors degree in Conctruction Managment and Building Technology, I am a licenced builder and have been both a project engineer and project manager. I have also owned my own construction company. Saying this I feel that I very good knowledge of all phases of construction,however I feel weak in the mechanical areas (plumbing, hvac, and electrical) can anyone suggest some good sources to gain strength in these areas. Part Two. Now that you all know my resume I feel that I am approaching this knowing that I still need to gain Knowledge of the mechanical side of the inspections as well as the overall business aspect. One thing I have noticed is the weedend warriors who do this for a supplemental income who may not be the most qualified and have a lower pricing structure, how does this effect this industry and what are your opinions? I dont want anyone to think im against making an extra buck its the American way, im just curious as to how this is viewed from within the industry. Thank you, Tony
  3. I would like to thank everyone for the answers to my posts, there is such a great deal of wealth of knowledge in this forum. I hope im not bothering anyone too much. This has been the best asset as far as getting real world opinions I had been targeting realtors and thier opinions were much diffrent. The only thing I was hearing was dont be a deal breaker how do you address this? Thanks, Tony
  4. What are the most common complaints? How do you deal with them? Thanks, Tony
  5. Is anyone familiar with Inspec Trix Pro 2003 by Insptction Training Associates. If so what is your opinion? Can anyone suggest some other types of software? Thank you, Tony
  6. George, Thank you for the chance to go along with you on an inspection, I am going to take you up on your offer what does your schedule look like next week ? Thanks Tony
  7. It is my intention to provide a checklist style report upon completion of the inspection and follow up with a detailed written report within two days as well as provide the client with a comprehensive home maintenance manual. Is this the correct method? Thanks, Tony
  8. What times do most inspections take place, can you dictate the time? Im assuming there will be a fair number of nights and weekends is this correct? Are the sellers usually cooperative with the inspections? What percentage of the time does the client attend the inspection, im assuming alot is this true? Thanks, Tony
  9. What are the best methods for marketing to realtors? is it easy to get into their weekly meetings? Are they usually receptive to new inspectors? is it effective to contact them individually or should you contact the office manager and drop off brochures? Thanks Tony
  10. I AM IN THE PROCESS OF STARTING MY HOME INSPECTION BUSINESS, WHAT IS A REALISTIC GOAL TO SET FOR INSPECTIONS PER WEEK. THIS IS A FULL TIME BUSINESS NOT A WEEK END WARRIOR.
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