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Simple Key to Success!

January 19th, 2009

Recently I sat down with a very successful business person, at my request, to talk about how to become even more successful in business.   While I am acquainted with and admire many successful business people in my area, I really wanted to discuss the dynamics of being successful from this one successful person who started from scratch.  Not an individual who worked themselves up the ladder of good organizations.

As we talked and enjoyed our lunch, I asked what was his one true key to success, if there is only one?  His reply was short, simple, and made great sense.  His reply – “Under promise and over produce”!  Whether that promise involves putting in long hours, learning a new skill, gaining knowledge about client needs, or various other concepts/ideas.  Make your customer #1 so he doesn’t go anywhere else for that type of business.  Of course, he expanded upon this concept with dealings he had starting out and continuing to this day.

Makes sense doesn’t it: under promise – over produce!  We have met many through our dealings who over promised and under produced when we needed or wanted their product or service.  Think back on those experiences and remember how it made us feel.  Not like we were their number one priority did it?  What would we have done different?  How would we have made the situation right?  How could we under promise and over produce?

How do we under promise and over produce?  Here are just a few examples, but don’t stop there:

  1. Do not create a deadline for your efforts that you know is unreasonable and unattainable.
  2. Know your strengths and weaknesses.  Improve upon both!
  3. Don’t be afraid to ask for assistance from others around you.
  4. Learn a skill or gain knowledge that can enhance your services to your clients.
  5. Set attainable goals for you, your client and the transaction.
  6. Deliver on your promise way before it is due!
  7. Give outstanding service.

These are some tough times we are going through.  Standing out from the rest is what will make us successful and be the individual people run to for your services; not the person they run from.

This blog entry was posted by Dennis McAuley.

Dennis has more than 15 years of inspection experience and performs home, commercial and investment property inspections for Home Check America in Northeast Illinois.

Locating Missing, Damaged, Settled or Wet Insulation

January 16th, 2009

All homeowners pay a lot of hard earned dollars to heat and cool their homes today and I know everyone would love to cut the costs of conditioning their homes. With the continuous rise in heating fuel costs, the only ideal way to save money is to locate and seal those breached areas of your home that are stealing your energy dollars. If you are able to retain conditioned air inside your home for a longer period of time, you will be spending much less money on the fuel that is powering your heating system. In a typical home, space conditioning and comfort bills can account for up to one-half of your home’s energy bills, with the remaining portion due primarily to heating your domestic water, interior lighting, and your appliances. Knowing that space conditioning accounts for half your energy bills, I can show you how you can lower this expense now.

What you need is an infrared inspection. An infrared inspection is a brilliant method of providing you with an instant snapshot of active energy losses through the interior walls and ceilings of your home. Thermal imaging will visually show thermal mapping of any damaged, settled or improperly insulated cavities throughout your home. Appreciable temperature differences, (due to variations in thermal energy heat transfer) allow me to determine the adequacy and proper installation of the concealed insulation that is installed throughout your structure’s exterior cavities. I’m able to detect obvious insulation issues while scanning your exterior ceiling and wall surfaces. Deficient insulation is a poor insulator, which makes it a great conductor of your conditioned air, and this is what enables me to easily detect the thermal anomalies in these areas. Any major differentials in surface temperature are going to be the obvious areas that are going to require you to upgrade insulation, in order for you to start saving energy bucks.

Keep in mind that there are always going to be minor air breaches in typical exterior walls and ceilings, due to wood structural members that will conduct exterior air and simply can not be insulated. But, I would like to walk you through your home and literally show you the major areas of concern where excessive air is infiltrating your conditioned living area, causing your energy bills to become sky high.

After pointing out the areas of your home that can be improved, I will be providing you with a professional report which will be highlighting those areas that are in need of an insulation upgrade. You can then use my infrared report as a guide to locate those deficient areas when upgrading or simply hire an insulation contractor who can then utilize my report as a guide to upgrading the insulation defects and fissures.

A visual inspection of this ceiling indicates that nothing is wrong, but my thermal scan reveals missing insulation throughout the outer rim board area.

This children’s room looks fine visually, but my infrared camera reveals missing insulation throughout the top portion of these stud cavities.

Visually, this wall appears to be in great shape, but my infrared scan detects missing insulation behind this attic knee space. This cold air infiltration is as bad as leaving a window ajar.

I was hired to inspect a recent installation of blown-in insulation. Visually, it looks fantastic, but infrared reveals shoddy workmanship.

This blog entry was posted by David Valley.

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