Originally Posted By: wdecker
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See what happens when you open your big mouth! ![icon_lol.gif](upload://zEgbBCXRskkCTwEux7Bi20ZySza.gif)
Seriously. Russ Myers and I went through the sme thing, here in the Chicago Chapter. Some words of advice.
1) Get a number (about 10 or so) NACHI inspectors in your area and explain to them that if they want this to work, they have to work as hard as you. Then you work REAL hard and watch them sweat. This is the way to weed out the riff raff.
2) (This may be harsh, but it is true). DON'T hang all your hopes and desires on NACHI national. YOU and your guys (however you choose to organize) must do ALL the work. Find yourself a hotel that is equally inconvienient to all and make a deal with them and get reduced retes. Even better, there are churches who will rent out their halls for next to nothing. Any church people among your happy (and tired) group?
3) Make sure that you stress EDUCATION. Get the newly licensed (or newly starting out. I don't beleive Philly is a license state) involved and give back to them. Take them on FREE ride alongs and sponsor a few mock inspections. Get a relationship with a local hardware store and get a few inspector type items (ladders, testers, flashlights)( at cost and raffle them off at your meetings. Make sure that the value of the item is WAY bigger than the raffle cost.
4) Get your name out there. We went to the Illinois Assication of Realtors convention here and pounded the flesh. You are education not only the inspectors, but also the Realtors (and RE lawyers and mortgage brokers). We handed out over 200 CDs containing a Power Point presentation of 'Top 10 defects found in home inspections'. They loved it!
5) Keep on keeping on. There will be days where you say to yourself, 'What hav I set myself up for.' Remember that anyone who leads is, first and formost, a servant. You are COMMITTING yourself to at least one year (presidential term) to serve these guys. Don't try to weasel out when the goinb gets tough.
Hope this helps. Call or e-mail me if you need halp.
Decker Home Services
Skokie, IL 60076