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Air seal and insulate your home: You can reduce the chances of heat from getting out or cold
from entering your house-- lowering your heating costs-- by insulating and air sealing your home.
An inspector that is also qualified to conduct an energy survey or audit can serve to help
distinguish the areas that need sealing and insulating.
Use a programmable thermostat: Install a programmable thermostat that can lower the heat at a
specified time anytime you are away from the home and raise the heat before you arrive home for
supper. Having the heat at a higher temperature level when the house is not occupied by anyone
is inefficient, so automatically having it raised and decreased at certain times will certainly save
money and time. As a courtesy anytime inspecting a heating system, make sure to put the
thermostat setting back to where the homeowner had it initially set.
home inspection tips
Install ENERGY STAR windows and doors: Windows and doors are spots where cold/warm air
can easily come through. Installing energy efficient doors and windows can save energy and cash
with their higher quality insulation capabilities. Windows can be expensive and should be viewed
as one of the final upgrades to the house. If only single pane windows are in place in your house,
consider 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
around 25 times longer compared to old-fashioned incandescent lights. By using LED lights, you
can be at ease realizing that having the holiday lights on is not dramatically increasing your
Shut off the lights: This will help save cash year-round. You can save energy simply by making
sure the lights are switched off whenever a room is not being used. When taking a winter
vacation, ensure all lights are off in every room before your extended time away from the home.
You can also conserve on your electric bill by switching all of the light bulbs in your house to CFLs
Use lighting controls: You can save additional cash on your electricity expense 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 certain that you do
not forget to turn them off.
Decrease the water heater: One substantial way to reduce energy consumption if you are away
vacationing is to just decrease the temperature level 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. 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, ensure 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 but plugged into an outlet. This is wasted electricity.
Use a power strip: if the idea of running around the home to disconnect everything is a tad too
much, use power strips to plug in multiple appliances, then turn everything off with the flip of the
power strip switch. It is certainly more practical to have all your electrical devices plugged into one
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 higher power loads should be plugged directly into the wall.
Adjust the blinds and curtains: Lastly, an additional helpful method to conserve energy when
vacationing or in general during chillier months is to lower the blinds and drapes. Close your
drapes and shades at night to protect against cold drafts; open them during the day to allow in
Home inspection marketing can be considered just one of the most vital factors in launching a
home inspection business, though can additionally be one of the most complicated. Marketing will
ensure home inspection business growth as well as profits. Advertising and marketing can
possibly be costly and also discouraging. A successful home inspector is a business owner
making use of tried and tested home inspection advertising and marketing tools and procedures
in order to advertise the services which they supply to prospective customers and also referral
sources. Getting to know your competition and identifying your particular niche in your market is
going to guarantee your success. Here are a few suggestions to follow in order to ensure your
home inspection business is noticeable from the rest in a competitive market.
Make a thorough 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 strategy
and combines all your market research to ensure that you can work out just 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 plan of actions for
accomplishing your objectives. This plan should be flexible and ready to be adjusted to meet the
evolving conditions in the market. A great marketing strategy will save you money over time
through eliminating unnecessary expenditures while at the same time providing you with new
opportunities. In the event that you don't have a good home inspection advertising and marketing
plan it is possible that you are not maximizing all of the means to reach out to your target
Get out in front of people on a weekly basis! Research shows that face to face marketing is one of
the cheapest as well as most efficient techniques in order to get your name out in the market.
Face to face advertising and marketing is budget-friendly for connecting with multitudes of folks in
a short time frame. Just about any activity has to grab the prospective client's attention promptly
since the window for interaction is very small. Whatever you do, first grab their attention and then
maintain it long enough for them to engage in the information you are revealing. Keep getting out
in front of folks anytime money gets tight considering that this is an affordable and successful
technique to market yourself. Opportunities are available, you just need to locate them.
Advertising and marketing is a whole lot like farming, you need to plant the seeds and then
harvest the crops.
Manage your time proficiently. Adequate time management permits you to take some measure of
control over your advertising and marketing. Pre-planning your advertising and marketing
activities will help your days become ordered. Establish a goal as to what you intend to
accomplish daily, and go for it. This will help you be a lot more in control of your destiny. Time
management additionally helps with productivity, confidence and it can make your daily tasks a lot
more fun. Most importantly, time management gives you the ability to fulfill your objectives. It is
nearly impossible to meet your home inspection advertising and marketing goals when you fail to
properly regulate your time. Something always comes up, or you spend too much time on
unimportant tasks, eating away time that needs to go toward meeting your goals. Remember if
you fail to plan, you plan to fail.
Be organized! Always keep your list of prospects, customers, and contacts organized. The most
reliable method of accomplishing this would be to use computerized software and set up
reminders for follow up calls, meetings, letters, appointments, or anything critical you may have
out there. Use this software to track which sources, ads and letters are producing the most leads
and the most beneficial leads. Take knowledge in how much money it's costing you to locate a
lead in your market, and how many leads it is taking you to find a client. Keep your database wellkept and accurate. Become a fanatic about list hygiene.
Know 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. Get to know the
realtors in your location. Collect flyers and brochures of other inspectors in your market. Look at
the phone book, 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. Exactly what report format are they using? Are they using computerized reports or
paper reports? Are they delivering 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
basic liability protection? Are they as professional as you? Did they go through a formal training
program before becoming a home inspector? Is their pricing fair? When pricing your home
inspections don't forget to focus on trust and professionalism. The quality of your service counts.
Always remember to explain in words that quality to your customer. Add value to your inspections
versus lowering the price, folks buy when they are comfortable with what they are purchasing
regardless of price.
Give folks something to talk about! The most powerful way of advertising and marketing is not
under your control. Word of mouth marketing is the most ideal way to get your name out there.
Whenever performing a home inspection go above and beyond from start to finish. Generate a
positive client experience that goes above and beyond the customer's expectations that will cause
your customer's to say "Wow!" Make your company worthwhile of referrals. Determine what it is
that you want people to say about your service, provide high quality service, and most importantly
treat people with respect. Give people something to talk about, and ask them to spread the word.
Word of mouth marketing fuels success.
Be aggressive! Aggressive advertising and marketing should 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. Hand out 5-- 10 business cards per day. Join realtor association or boards. Go to
business luncheons, and also provide breakfast or lunch to targeted realty offices. Stop in at 2-3
open houses per week.
Remain positive! It really is essential to remain positive through any and all challenges that you
may experience through your life and career. Find help and support from family and friends and
you will reach your business goals before you know it!
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