Originally Posted By: cradan
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much of my time).
Exceptions: Sick? Advice for you...take your vitamins. You don't have time to be sick. Since you'll be so healthy, that'll save you 16 hours a year.
250 inspections? First year? Certainly possible...are you buying a ready-made operation, or digging it out of the earth with your own hands? If you're digging it out of the earth, better figure on half that amount. You'll be far less disappointed. If you have 6 nuclear and extended relatives, 3 former college frat brothers, and a gal you knew in the service whom are all
fairly successful realtors, (and all local to you, i.e. their client's prospective homes are within the 45 minute drive times you've forecasted), then sure, budget for 250 inspections.
Client inquiries at 10 minutes per? Some clients, sure. Some will have few or no inquiries. On occasion, you'll have a client who won't hestitate to monopolize hours
of your time in the days prior to the inspection, at the inspection, and afterwards...real tough to figure an average or even median time on that one.
Did I mention drive time? Where'dja come up with 45 minutes? Not challenging you, just asking. Are you confident that your market conditions (i.e. percentage of buyers locally who commission inspections, concentration of your competitors, etc.) will enable you to operate within that average travel forecast?
Report writing time? Estimate sounds good. Depends, of course, on what type of report and inspection you do...onsite delivery? Checklist? Narrative? Photos? No Photos?
Lunch? Oh yeah, gotta stay healthy. No Big Macs.
Awful lot of variables out there to contend with, Michael. The spreadsheet's a great (and IMO, a necessary) exercise, but Gerry pretty much hit it on the head...your best odds of success may well come from an inherent, organic willingness
to pretty much do what's necessary. Sometimes, the best laid plans (and spreadsheets) get shot to sh*t.
Best of luck!
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