Originally Posted By: Scott Patterson
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I am an outsider to NACHI, but I have been in the inspection business since 1995. Most on this forum know me, I lurk from time to time and only post when I might be able to help someone. I hope that my post might shed some light and help you and others.
I have seen many and I mean many try to start up an inspection business on a shoestring budget, only to fail. Our profession is not as easy as many think, it takes education, testing, education, testing, observation inspections, time, a supplemental income, good people skills and the most important the ability to communicate through the written word. Our profession has about a 50% or greater failure rate in the first year.
One of the first things you need to do is get some basic home inspection training, either through one of the good
home inspector training schools like ITA or invest in a good at home training program (Carson Dunlop is about the only that is worth anything). Once you have gained the knowledge of the home inspection industry you can then invest in a reporting system. I do not suggest that you design your own to save money when you are starting out.
I would plan to spend between $500 and $800 for a good computer based reporting system, 3-D is one of the best if not the best IMO. I would fight the urge to use a "punch list or fill in the blank reporting systems, they look poor and are associated with the most lawsuits from what I have seen.