I’m trying to find a way to make more money as a home inspector. Maybe some of you are also. Or maybe you’ve figured this out and can offer some advice for the rest of us.
My main problem is that I can’t seem to write reports fast enough to do enough inspections per week to make enough money.
One option would be to figure out how I could generate reports faster (is there a class on that?), but doing so will very likely lower the quality of my reports which my clients currently seem to like. This would also maybe push me more in the checklist direction and away from my current narrative reports.
The other possible option would maybe be additional licensing.
I’m considering getting licensed as a mold assessor. The thought there is that maybe people will hire me for mold assessment alone (minus a full home inspection) and I can supplement my income doing mold assessment (easier report I imagine). This would of course also increase my value as a home inspector. Or would they go with a mold abatement company from the start and not bother with me?
Or, maybe being licensed as a wood destroying insect assessor (the 7C license). Having more authority and knowledge when it comes to termites and other WDOs would be good. Maybe I’ll get jobs just for checking for termites. Or would they just hire a pest control guy since they can assess and treat?
What about asbestos?
Or maybe getting certified / licensed as an EIFS inspector? Could I be hired just to inspect EIFS rather than the entire home?
Are there others I haven’t considered?
What I’m getting at and trying to figure out is: Are there additional licenses I could obtain that would 1) increase my value as a home inspector (this part is obvious), but MORE IMPORTANTLY, 2) allow me to be hired for inspecting particular areas of a home (smaller job & report) rather than the entire home (larger report), thereby making it a quicker job that I could do more of and supplement my H.I. income with?
What do you do? What works for you?