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Old 11/16/16, 8:41 PM
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I am a newer inspector and I am still learning, adding certifications, and adding services. I recently went from offering only general home inspections to offering mold as well. I was surprised how well the mold inspecting has been received and it has been a great addition to my offerings. Based on that I went ahead and took the WDO class, since it doesn't require major investments in equipment, and while wood infestation has been helpful, it hasn't been as much as a home run as mold.

With 1 being the best, my services rated by success level look like this:
Mold
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  3. WDO
I keep reinvesting in my business and now I'm at a point where I'd like to continue adding services. I'm interested in your thoughts. How would you rate the performance of your services?

You can see from my other recent thread that I have already started radon classes, but one major advantage of being a one man operation is that I can be very flexible if something else looks better.
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Old 11/16/16, 11:08 PM
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What about radon, water, energy?




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Old 11/17/16, 9:12 AM
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What about radon, water, energy?
I only rated what I already offer. You can see at the end of my post I'm taking the radon classes. I'm trying to see what everyone else has had the most success with. This will help me prioritize as the funds come in to invest in more equipment.
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Old 11/17/16, 8:56 PM
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We do Chimney inspections, sewer scopes, radon, mold, termites, lawn irrigation and dewinterizarion.

Chimney inspections are hands down the best thing I've ever added on. Radon is crap and we mostly sub it out now.



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Old 11/18/16, 7:41 AM
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We do Chimney inspections, sewer scopes, radon, mold, termites, lawn irrigation and dewinterizarion.

Chimney inspections are hands down the best thing I've ever added on. Radon is crap and we mostly sub it out now.
What are you doing in regards to chimney inspections? (different then the home inspection) Level II? What training did you need to obtain.




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Old 11/18/16, 9:00 AM
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Where I am, radon concentration levels are high so on average, 8 out of 10 clients I get want a radon test. Same for termite inspections since more and more lenders are requiring them.



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Old 11/18/16, 9:24 AM
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What are you doing in regards to chimney inspections? (different then the home inspection) Level II? What training did you need to obtain.
Yes, I only do level 2's. I won't do a level 1 for someone buying a house. I am CSIA certified.



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Old 11/18/16, 5:28 PM
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Ancillary or add-ons are greatly regionally dependent.

Radon is a relatively small problem in my area, so (almost) no HI in my area even offers it. I'd never make back the money if I invested in the gear.

Requirements for a WDO license vary wildly from state to state.

Living in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, I see more pools in a week than inspectors in other areas may see all year.

You really have to tailor your add-ons to your area.

As Real Estate agents say: Location, location, location.
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Old 11/19/16, 8:00 AM
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Yes, I only do level 2's. I won't do a level 1 for someone buying a house. I am CSIA certified.
That is a great add on and one I have been interested in for a long time.
Any tips on becoming CSIA Certified?




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Old 11/19/16, 8:15 AM
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That is a great add on and one I have been interested in for a long time.
Any tips on becoming CSIA Certified?
Well, I can tell you a healthy portion of people fail the test. There were people there spouting off the whole time how much they knew, and then failed. My father in law has been in the business 20 years and he failed. I think home inspectors are better suited to pass because we already have code books and are familiar with them, and we haven't been doing the work the wrong way for years.

Just sign up on their site, study, and pass. It's easy



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Old 11/19/16, 8:00 PM
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Well, I can tell you a healthy portion of people fail the test. There were people there spouting off the whole time how much they knew, and then failed. My father in law has been in the business 20 years and he failed. I think home inspectors are better suited to pass because we already have code books and are familiar with them, and we haven't been doing the work the wrong way for years.

Just sign up on their site, study, and pass. It's easy
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Old 11/20/16, 8:55 AM
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Brian -

You could offer well and/or septic inspections.

Not an easy ancillary service and requires some knowledge of septic systems but can be a good additional source for revenue.

I'm sure many areas of Kent county still have plenty of septic systems!
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Old 11/22/16, 1:08 PM
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Thanks everybody for the insight. I might have a mild addiction to gadgetry, which is probably what originally attracted me to radon and infrared. Based on my location well and septic would probably be best at this time.
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Old 11/22/16, 4:33 PM
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Brian,

If you need information on how to go about offering well & septic inspections, feel free to contact me.

Pete Russell who has many posts in this part of the forum would the best way to start gathering information.
He has helped me a few times with sound guidance.
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Old 12/27/16, 2:21 PM
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Yes, I only do level 2's. I won't do a level 1 for someone buying a house. I am CSIA certified.

I am new to inspections, still training actually, and wondering what the level II inspections are. I thought there was simply a home inspection or not a home inspection.
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