Wishing for things to always remain the same never helped the dinosaur. This desire to keep prices higher is the exact reason people hate InterNACHI for creating education choices for inspectors that blow the competition out of the water. It’s kinda like being a local retailer and hoping Walmart does not come to your town. InterNACHI is taking over and becoming the educational provider of choice. Other HI schools and associations are going out of business because they are so far behind the services InterNACHI provides, they can no longer compete.
Resistance is futile.
Inspectors now a days need to adapt, learn more, offer more ancillary services and branch out into more services related to the entire building industry. It takes time and not everyone can spend the money needed up front. It sometimes needs to be done in stages so as to allow the business to pay for itself as it grows and acquires more specialized tools and services. In this economy, it is a tricky skill to not over spend in developing your growth capabilities, but at the same time making a profit as you spend money to grow. The more services you offer, the more business you attract, and your bundled package will help keep your prices higher.
Regarding Murray’s camera, our students can buy one new for just a little more than what he is asking for his used one. I doubt he can sell it for his asking price… IMHO.
Prices for IR cameras go lower each year, but those who get out there and market their reputation now will glean for years to come. Some are investing in their market so that they gain the reputation as the local expert in their field of IR, while others keep waiting for the price of IR cameras to go down. Some are already loosing business, as their local competition profits from the growing demand for IR services, while they keep watching the train leave the station.
It is safer to get started on a budget, than to over spend, while your trying to feed your family. Doing nothing is not always the best move either. Most people fail, not because of their lack of skills, but because of a lack of marketing. Once you spend the money to get started in IR, you have to market your new services over a wide area. Each customer has to be educated and that has to be part of your business plan and budget as well. If you budget for just buying a camera and training, but don’t allow for marketing expenses, it will be hard to sell your new services and pay for the investment you made.
Hundreds have taken our IR Class and are now operating their thermal imaging business. We spend time talking in each class about how to make money with IR, as well as how to use the camera. We use examples of what others are doing in the field and ideas that are already proven to work. Most people need to make some profits right now, before they can consider buying a $10K camera. Many on this forum, who now own expensive cameras, had to work for a while with the original lower price camera they first purchased. I can remember when they first bought their original start-up IR camera and now rejoice that they have expanded their IR business. It is very common for most people to walk for a while before they can run.