Hey guys, I’ve been thinking about getting into thermal imaging, but I’m not 100% sure. So I was wanting to ask some questions from guys that do offer this service, and maybe some guys that have and don’t anymore, or guys that have thought about it, and decided against it.
I have taken NACHI’s thermal imaging class with John Mackenna and the building science and thermal imaging with William Decker. My plan if I choose to go forward with it is to get more training, and practice for a few weeks to a month before offering the service to anyone.
My reasons for wanting to get into it are basically as follows: Find problems that are hard to see with the naked eye, and reduce my liability. Set myself apart from guys in my area - some have it, some don’t, not sure about how they price it. Diversification, I like the idea of energy audits, consultations for contractors, and other things that aren’t directly related to home inspections.
So, on to the questions, and I apologize if these have been asked before. Guys that offer it: do you charge on top of a home inspection, or raise your prices across the board, and include it with all inspections? When doing it with home inspections, does it slow you down, or add to your time at the house, and also for the report? What other services do you do with your equipment? Do you do work for contractors, ie plumbers, roofers, etc and how hard was it to convince them that they needed your service? Any other tips would be appreciated.
Guys that don’t do it, why not? What were the main factors for not jumping into it?
If anyone did do it and stopped, what were you reasons for stopping, and what dos you do with your equipment?
Thanks for he help guys. Sorry for the long post.