I’ve been doing general/ physical commercial inspections for the past 8 years (VERY basic, standard walk through of a property and some units, simple write up of condition assessments, no license, certification, or insurance required).
Commercial inspections for buying and selling real estate is something I am interested in. I am a very structured and organized person and I know I would be great at composing reports and doing thorough investigations of buildings.
Also, running my own business and not having to deal with slacker co- workers or arrogant bosses on a daily basis (as well as deadline wages) seems worth the added tax burden of running your own business.
So what’s a good place to start- get certified and then work as an underdog for a commercial inspection firm? Network and build a client base, then learn the tricks on the job sites as I go?
It is all very intimidating to me right now because I am not specially trained or skilled in construction or building systems, but I am very eager to learn.
How did you start out?
Who helped you along the way?
What would you change about the course you took in your inspection business?
How much investment did you shell out before you started seeing a return?