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Air seal and insulate your home: You can protect against heat from getting out or cold from
entering your home-- lowering your heating costs-- by insulating and air sealing your house. An
inspector that is also certified to perform an energy survey or audit can serve to help determine
the areas that need sealing and insulating.
Use a programmable thermostat: Install a programmable thermostat that can decrease the heat at
a particular time when you are away from the home and raise the heat just before you come back
for dinner. Having the heat at a higher temperature level when the home is not occupied by
anybody is inefficient, so automatically having it raised and lowered at specified times will save
money and time. As a courtesy anytime inspecting a heating system, make certain to put the
thermostat setting back to where the homeowner had it originally set.
Install ENERGY STAR doors and windows: Doors and windows are places where cold/warm air
can easily come through. Installing energy efficient doors and windows can save energy and
money with their higher quality insulation capabilities. Windows can be pricey and should be
viewed as one of the final upgrades to the home. If only single pane windows are in place in your
house, think about adding storm windows for an added layer of insulation.
Use LED holiday lights: LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), are at least 75 % more efficient and last
approximately 25 times longer compared to typical incandescent lights. By using LED lights, you
can be at ease knowing that having the holiday lights on is not drastically increasing your energy
Turn off the lights: This will help save dollars year-round. You can conserve energy by making
sure the lights are turned off whenever a room is not being used. When taking a winter season
vacation, be sure all lights are off in every single room before your extended time away from the
home. You can also save on your electric expense by changing all of the light bulbs in your house
to CFLs or LEDs.
Use lighting controls: You can save more cash on your electricity bill by using motion sensor and
time controls. Motion sensors turn a light on when motion is sensed and turn a light off after
sensing a room is vacant. Using a timer for your holiday lights will make sure that you do not
forget to switch them off.
Lower the water heater: One substantial way to decrease energy consumption if you are away
vacationing is to simply decrease the temp of the water heater. If you will be gone 3 or more
consecutive days, set the water heater to the lowest or 'vacation' setting assuming that there is
one. Yet another thing you can do is add insulation to the water heater and hot water lines. If your
water heater is a gas or oil unit, make certain the insulation does not interfere with the exhausting
of the by- products.
Unplug electronics: When you are away, unplug those kitchen appliances, DVDs, TVs, and
computers to save energy and cash. These electronics, when plugged in, consume energy even
when they are shut off. You may have heard the term "phantom load" or "vampire power". These
terms refer to the electric power consumed by electronic and electrical appliances while they are
turned off although plugged into an outlet. This is wasted electricity.
Use a power strip: if the idea of running around the house to disconnect everything is a little bit
too much, use power strips to plug in multiple appliances, and then switch everything off with the
flip of the power strip switch. It is undoubtedly more practical to have all your electrical devices
plugged into 1 large strip. Remember, however, that these strips are generally rated for 15 amps
and should not be overloaded. Bigger appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators, toasters and
other appliances with high power loads need to be plugged directly into the wall.
Adjust the blinds and curtains: Finally, one other valuable means to conserve energy when on
vacation or in general during the course of chillier months is to decrease the blinds and drapes.
Close your drapes and shades at night to protect against cold drafts; open them during the day to
let in warming sunlight.
Home inspection advertising and marketing can be considered one of the most major aspects in
launching a home inspection business, but can also be one of the most challenging. Marketing
will guarantee home inspection business growth as well as profits. Marketing can be costly and
frustrating. A successful home inspector is a business owner making use of tried and tested home
inspection advertising and marketing tools and strategies so as to advertise the services that they
supply to potential customers and also referral sources. Learning more about your competition
and finding your particular niche in your market is going to ensure your success. Here are a few
ideas to use to guarantee your home inspection business is noticeable from the others within a
Make a detailed business and home inspection advertising and marketing plan and adhere to it! A
fantastic advertising and marketing plan is a document which enhances your business plan and
brings together all your market research so you can work out exactly where your business is
going and how it is going to get there. Your home inspection advertising and marketing plan
should include: objectives, details of the current market, a complete analysis of your strengths,
weaknesses, opportunities and threats, and last but not least your methods for accomplishing
your goals. This plan should be flexible and able to be adapted to comply with the evolving
conditions in the market. An effective marketing plan of action will save you money in the long run
through reducing unwarranted expenditures while at the same time presenting you with new
opportunities. If you don't have a good home inspection marketing plan it is possible that you are
not maximizing each of the means to connect with your target audience.
Get out in front of folks on a weekly basis! Research shows that face to face marketing is one of
the cheapest and most competent means to get your name out in the market. Face to face
advertising and marketing is cost effective when it comes to reaching out to large numbers of
people in a quick time frame. Just about any activity has to grab the prospective client's interest
promptly since the window for interaction is very small. Regardless of what you do, first get their
attention and then maintain it long enough for them to engage in the message you are revealing.
Keep getting out in front of people anytime money gets tight as this is an economical and efficient
means to market yourself. Opportunities are available, you simply need to locate them.
Advertising and marketing is a lot like farming, you have to plant the seeds and harvest the crops.
Manage your time proficiently. Efficient time management permits you to take some measure of
control over your marketing. Pre-planning your marketing activities will help your days become
ordered. Establish a goal as to what you would like to achieve daily, and go for it. This will help
you be more in control of your destiny. Time management in addition helps with productivity,
confidence and it can make your daily tasks a lot more enjoyable. Most importantly, time
management gives you the ability to meet your objectives. It is virtually impossible to meet your
home inspection advertising and marketing goals when you fail to properly manage your time.
Something always crops up, or you spend too much time on pointless tasks, wasting time that
should go toward meeting your goals. Always remember if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Be organized! Always keep your list of prospects, customers, and contacts organized. The most
efficient way of doing this would be to use computerized software and set up reminders for follow
up calls, meetings, letters, appointments, or anything essential you may have out there. Use this
software to keep track of which sources, ads and letters are producing the most leads and the
most productive leads. Take knowledge in the amount of money it's costing you to find a lead in
your market, and how many leads it is taking you to find a customer. Keep your database wellmaintained and accurate. Become a fanatic about list hygiene.
Understand your local market! Understanding your local market will help you establish what you
should do in terms of pricing, competition, or what your certain niche is going to be. Become
familiar with the realtors in your area. Collect flyers and brochures of other inspectors in your
market. Check the telephone directory, check the web, check professional home inspector
association websites, and ask realtors for a list of recommended inspectors in your area.
Understand and evaluate your competition. What report format are they using? Are they using
computerized reports or paper reports? Are they supplying their reports onsite or 1-- 2 days later?
Are they using digital photos to give the customer a visual description on what they are buying?
Does your competition have all the insurance coverage that you do like; E & O Insurance w /
Realtor indemnification and general liability coverage? Are they as professional as you? Did they
go through a formal training program prior to becoming a home inspector? Is their pricing fair?
When pricing your home inspections always remember to focus on trust and professionalism. The
quality of your service counts. Always remember to verbalize that quality to your client. Add value
to your inspections versus decreasing the price, folks buy when they are comfortable with what
they are purchasing in spite of price.
Give folks something to talk about! The most successful means of marketing is not under your
control. Word of mouth marketing is the most reliable way to get your name out there. Anytime
performing a home inspection go above and beyond from beginning to end. Generate a positive
client experience that exceeds the client's expectations that will cause your client's to say "Wow!"
Make your company worthwhile of referrals. Figure out what it is that you want folks to say about
your service, deliver quality service, and most of all treat people with respect. Give people
something to talk about, and ask them to spread the word. Word of mouth advertising and
marketing fuels success.
Be aggressive! Aggressive marketing ought to take 20-30 hours out of your week if you are a full
time inspector, or 5-7 hours if you are part time. Meet with as many realtors as possible. Give out
5-- 10 business cards per day. Take part in realtor association or boards. Go to business
luncheons, and also offer breakfast or lunch to targeted real estate offices. Stop in at 2-3 open
houses per week.
Remain positive! It really is very important to remain positive through any and all challenges which
you may experience through your life and career. Seek help and support from family and friends
and you are going to reach your business goals before you know it!
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