Going Commercial: Moving the Office Out of the Home
by Nick Gromicko and Kate Tarasenko
As a residential property inspector, you may have run your business out of your home for years, using a space or room dedicated to your business activities. Much of your time is spent out in the field, and you may use your home office for writing and generating reports, for conducting marketing duties, and for taking InterNACHI’s online courses using your home computer. And your desk, filing cabinet, computer and printer cramped into an 8x10 room may have been perfectly adequate, until circumstances changed.
Perhaps your business is expanding, and you’ve had to take on a helper. You may now want to use a commercial rental for enough room for two people to work and to store tools and supplies for the job. Maybe you’ve expanded your inspection business to include commercial properties, and you feel it would be more appropriate to have meetings in a place other than your private residence. Or, it could be that your family is growing and their activities are squeezing your work space out.
Whatever the reasons, consider the following questions when making the decision to move your inspection business out of your home.