I got a call this morning from a lady needing an inspection. After asking her for the pertinent information about the home and giving her an inspection price, she asked how long I had been inspecting. I tell her the truth, 3 months, previously with licensed inspectors in an apprenticeship.
At this point I feel like I’ve lost her. She states she will need an inspection in a few days if her offer is accepted, and will call back. Should I call her back in a day or two? Should I have handled the new inspector question differently?
Also, is it better to post pricing on web site or have them call for pricing?
First, it is best not to lie about your time in the business. Be forthcoming about yourself and just try not to sound desperate when selling your business. On the desperate angle, do not call back.
I have never posted pricing on my website for the simple fact I want them to call me. It’s better to have a bit of a conversation and try to build a rapport. Figure out what your time is worth and charge appropriately. Network, network, network…
Mis-direction can be worse than a straight out lie. Don’t do it. Consumers get very suspicious when the answere to their question is side-stepped.
“Mrs. Client, My company has only been in business for about three months. Prior to starting my business, I participated in an apprenticship program where I learned my trade. I strongly believe in continuing education…” (you see where I’m going)…
Oh yeah…telling them all your weaknesses works great Jeff.
I can see you trying to get dates right now.
Can we all picture you trying to get a date in the past /
Hmmm here we go “ouddle do doudle do doudle do doudle do”.
Hi my name is Jeff and would really like to see you or take you out.
You will want to choose me because I have no game,never dated a pretty woman before,hate spending money,but I did watch my friends go on dates and think that proves I am trying to learn and think asking them more questions in the future will make me a good choice for you right now.
I may make a few mistakes and not know if you even wish to kiss me at the end of the night ,but you will be good practice ,so even though you do not know me yet ,you will give it a shot right.
Please ignore that guy over at the other end of the room even if he is better looking.-o<
I know he gave you his number ,but I am sure you will not call him after I was so upfront with you ,right ?
*Yeah that type approach should work fine and dandy.
I have been shoveling the stuff down here my entire life , even though it does not amount to as much as what you are used to, but over the years it has added up to lots of experience with knowing how to handle the stuff.
One look and I know if I need the shovel or the plow.
What do yo think, am I shoveling it or piling it up ?
I agree that a direct question deserves a direct answer. Especially coming from a trade like ours that is (or should be) founded on direct responses to concerns.
When that question is answered, why not inform your potential customer of your positive attributes. In continuing to speak to that person he/she may develop a rapport with you. Sell them on your positives and tell them why you are the best person for the job.
When I get the “I’ll call you back” I do feel like I sold myself short to that person. Probably because we want to “book 'em”. Surprising how many times I hear back from that same person a couple days later. One inspection that I did today was a “Let me call you in a few days”.
Would or do I call them back?.. not really. I generally feel I have provided them with answers to their questions and let them know that/where I am of value to them. I can’t say that I think that follow up is a bad idea though. Why not!
The BS is getting pretty deep. I think I’ll call someone who has shoveled a lot of sidewalks, has references and does an honest job.I also like a shoveler who doesn’t shovel the realtor’s sidewalk better than mine.
“well. i have been involved in construction AND home Inspection for over 20 years. I got my HI license 3 months ago as it has become mandated in the state of Indiana”. “currently working on radon, wdi, mold testing certifications during the slow months” blah blah blah