Had a general scan this week - moisture and insulation basically. Charged $200. The client was thrilled.
When he called the first time he asked about the full inspection with the IR. Said he had already booked with another inspector for a warranty inspection but wanted to use me and would call back after he canceled with him.
Called back a little later and said he just wanted the IR scan. I said fine and set it up. Found that the builder “forgot” to insulate most of the master bathroom ceiling. At the end of the scan, he commented that the other inspector (whom he was happy with and thought was very thorough) had bad mouthed the whole IR thing and called it a scam and told him to beware and basically talked him into still using him.
Good thing the client was interested enough in the IR to go ahead since that inspector had not found the insulation problem, it was in the furtherest corner of the attic (I would not have found it either probably without IR on a normal inspection.) So who looks good now?
Then the best part. This other inspector who bad mouthed IR charged $200 for his COMPLETE inspection. I charged $200 for a 30 - 40 minute scan (it was a 1500sf single story home) and a short report showing the problem pictures and the client is thrilled.
Long live inspectors with this other guy’s attitude. I will happily do limited scans for the same amount he charges for a full inspection and full inspections for double (in this case anyway.)
As for the bad mouthing part. If you are not an IR fan, don’t believe in it, whatever. While you are certainly entitled to an opinion, be careful bad mouthing it. In the hands of someone properly trained and not overselling their ability, this technology provides something you CAN NOT, there are simply things we can see with IR that you cannot see with the naked eye - no matter how good, experienced, thorough you are. You could end up looking pretty bad - without the IR inspector ever saying a word against you. Before I had IR I would have people call and ask about it. I would explain int to them, I was looking at it at the time, and explain that all other things being equal and assuming the Thermographer is properly trained and knowledgable, the IR was a valuable tool. I still booked half of those people. But I NEVER bad mouthed the technology. Since getting it, my business, like Ron has said, has changed dramatically and I am excited again about exploring all of the possibilities.