Much ado about nothing… go cheap, at least you can say you have it right? Isn’t it all about marketing? I’d say this… if you go budget, at least be honest enough to use your own Infrared Pics on your website or sample work to show a potential customer. :twisted: (another topic)
If there is a Real Estate inspector in your area that is also a trained/certified thermographer, maybe approach and ask to have them come by, say one of your vacant inspections, to show you a bit of how they do and look at things, you may feel like it’s exactly what you are looking for, or that you don’t have much of an interest and don’t get into “all that”. You may have to pay, but can use some of the info/findings, just a thought.
I have a guy that has had me come in as a “white label” inspector, to perform the IR portion of commercial inspections. We had bid against one another in past, he called me one day and said he decided not to get into it himself, but had approached me about such.
As far as free… if someone invests even just $7500 in a camera and training, then grows their business and price per inspection… as well as closing a higher % of work, are they giving it away?