Asking a customer face to face if you did a good job is a poor way to get feedback imo.
- People will mostly be polite even when they are not completely satisfied.
- The customer doesn’t know if you have done a thorough job… they are not trained home inspectors and did not observe you the entire time.
Realtors are a better indication, but still not a great way to know how good of a job you are doing. Alot of realtors have several years of experience and have seen tons of inspection reports, watched inspectors over the years, etc etc. So they have more experience than the average home buyer, but again… they don’t really know how well of a job you did.
The number of inspections, avg price per inspection, or the number of referrals are also poor ways to judge. These are a direct result of your marketing, location, competition, and likeability as an inspector.
Off the top of my head… the best way to measure is to be objective about your ability to inspect a home. You need to have a depth of knowledge on the components of the home, you need the ability to be very observant during the inspection process, and the ability to document your findings. Be objective and then turn your weakness into a strength. Use your resources to improve on whichever category you feel you are the weakest on.