OK so my first post here and I’m a newbie HI but with many years in contracting and a former RE Agent. So go easy and let’s try to keep it civil and constructive OK?
My Question is…
I’d like to be a one stop shop for a variety of environmental sampling (send to lab for testing) and I’m a bit overwhelmed by the variety of opinions and options as seen on the boards. It’s not really about the $$ but rather a competitive edge of offering exceptional service. Right now I’m deferring clients to other companies but would like to simplify the process for the client.
Here’s my list I’d like to offer and in MI basically there is little if any licensing req’d.
Radon? In my area it seems all the inspectors do it. Question is Rad Star, Sun Nuc 1030, Eperms, unprofessional looking DIY bags from Air-Chek?
Mold? sampling when observed on surfaces for toxic mold as a preliminary investigation? Seems like a simple enough idea but reading other posts, people sure seem upset about this… If you do it, what kit or lab would you recommend?
Well Water - I got that one covered from ETR Labs at $195 per test with no mark up but would be interested what other folks do and what kind of markup if any?
Lead Based Paint - lots of older homes here which I’m sure have it but do you guys do any sampling for the clients if there’s flaking paint? What lab or kits would you use?
Asbestos? Again, I’ve seen a good bit of it but never done any testing. Any recommendations for sampling kits and labs?
Air Quality - I’m planning on just deferring this one to a local specialist but would still be interested in how you guys deal with referrals like this? I’ve had troubles several times in the past referring someone I thought was great but ended up screwing things up for the client. Anyone have a sampling system or ideas on this one?
Meth Labs - Lots of potential around here to come across this… Sample kits? Recommended labs (not for obtaining Meth but for testing)?
I know there will be lots of opinions but I’m looking for constructive advice and I’d rather not differ everything and make the client scramble to find these folks. The biggest problem I see with all this (besides obvious liability), and the reason I’d like to offer some of these services, is the time line. Most folks have less than 10 days for a binding contract by the time they schedule with me and simply don’t have the time to schedule extra inspections or the companies just can’t get it scheduled in time. Thanks in advance.
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