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Here in Colorado the housing market has slowed a little. I am not a marketing guy but I recently found something that is breaking the ICE big time! My wife loves to go house looking (crazy I know considering the profession I'm in) inevitably you always run into the real estate agent and I have tried wearing my "Logo-ed" shirt and it never works...they never ask "So your a Home Inspector?" So I tried something new, I got this sweatshirt (I think you can get T-shirts as well) that says in big bold letters...TRUST ME...IM A HOME INSPECTOR and now I walk in and I have not only the agents coming up and talking to me but I have the other lookers asking for my card!! Brilliant! The sweat shirt is around $40 bucks and you can get it here a (link removed) It is working for me to break the Ice in the slow winter times.

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Your site acknowledges a conflict of interest between contractor and inspector. If you can figure that out, you can also figure the conflict of interest that exists between inspector and agent.

Not to disparage. C of I's have been so pervasive for so long in our profession that inspectors forget they're there, but you already know that.

Welcome to the forum.

Marc

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Here in Colorado the housing market has slowed a little. I am not a marketing guy but I recently found something that is breaking the ICE big time! My wife loves to go house looking (crazy I know considering the profession I'm in) inevitably you always run into the real estate agent and I have tried wearing my "Logo-ed" shirt and it never works...they never ask "So your a Home Inspector?" So I tried something new, I got this sweatshirt (I think you can get T-shirts as well) that says in big bold letters...TRUST ME...IM A HOME INSPECTOR and now I walk in and I have not only the agents coming up and talking to me but I have the other lookers asking for my card!! Brilliant! The sweat shirt is around $40 bucks and you can get it r It is working for me to break the Ice in the slow winter times.

For some reason, I have the feeling you are trying to get us to buy a sweatshirt!

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A couple of comments after I looked at your website (constructive critique intended):

In NJ we are prohibited from performing any work on houses that arises from what we find as part of our inspection. I am confused by you advertising the combination of builder and real estate agent and how you are not a one and done inspection company. Do you intend to repair what you find?

I also saw this on your site: "We want to make sure it is safe and that there are no hidden problems that might cost you a bunch of money" Good luck defending that comment in the future when someone wants you to pay for a hidden defect that you did not find.

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My shirt says "Attention Realtors. To throw me under the bus, grab here and here". [:)]

Thats funny. Here's a spin off that came to mind.

"Attention Realtors, I got a bus of my own. I appreciate the gesture but I don't need a ride on yours".

Those are funny!

I think I'll have one made that reads "drive knife here."

You could probably make more money selling these to inspectors, than inspecting!

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Here in Colorado the housing market has slowed a little.

Has it slowed down in the Sedalia area? It doesn't seem to have slowed down much in the Denver Metro area.

On a related note, I have not been too successful in receiving business from dropping in on an open house.

The first time I tried it, I ended up adding myself to the real estate agents contact list and then was constantly spammed with properties for sale. [:-knockou

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