Hello. I am new here and seeking some advice about starting a home inspection business (like you haven’t read this before). I have read many of the posts and was hoping to create a discussion tailored a little more to my specific scenario.
I will start with a little background info. I am currently self employed as a remodeling contractor specializing in kitchen and bathroom design and remodeling. I thoroughly enjoy this work and is why I have narrowed my business down to just kitchens and baths over the past 8 years. I am moderately successful from an income standpoint, an extremely successful from a reputation standpoint. I do zero marketing relying on just referrals. I have had up to 3 employees at 1 time, and also worked alone as a GC using all subs. I am proficient in all aspects of construction and routinely perform rough and finish carpentry, electrical, and plumbing on my jobs. I have also worked hard to earn this by doing things right, and get many calls to correct other contractors work. OK, enough tooting of my own horn.
I have considered becoming a home inspector for the past 5 years, but never took the leap. I just couldn’t figure out how to incorporate that into my current business. My schedule is usually full for a few months, not allowing time for inspections. I think I even took the test here a few years ago and passed without any study.
Thats brings us to now. I am looking to the future. My wife really feels this would be a good move for me. I am extremely critical and have an eye for detail, along with good communication and people skills. At this point, I am nearing 40 years old, and my body feels much older. I just can’t do things like I use to. I have had many thoughts for what I could move into, but home inspections always top this list and feel to be a natural progression.
From the post that I read of contractors moving into home inspections, most seemed very happy with their choice and they should have done it sooner. I have had some thoughts about making changes to my business to try to incorporate inspections. I could accomplish this by taking on less work and/or scheduling the work with a few open hours during the week to allow for an occasional inspection. As the inspection business grows the remodeling business would shrink.
I would be extremely grateful for any replies with advice on how to successfully make this transition. What were the initial struggles that others have had with a similar change. How did you use your previous construction career to give you an advantage in the inspection marketplace?
At this point I plan to join here, and start following the path outlined for membership. I am hoping to help develop a clearer picture of what I need to do, and expect for the next couple months to prepare for this future change.
I apologize for the long post, and thank you in advance for your time in helping a newbie find his way.