Originally Posted By: kshepard
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I understand that my post made me sound a bit clueless but in the interest of brevity I did leave out a few things. In addition to documenting hidden decay, these instruments are used to aid in structural analysis and in tree work and I was in touch with people in those businesses before I decided to buy. I have an idea what to charge and can roughly forecast sales for it, but I’ve only had it a short time and thought I’d ask opinions from the forum. It’s such a specialized tool that people using them now are mostly structural enginers specializing in historic structures (as I do, although I’m not an engineer) or doing anaysis of wooden structures such as bridges, trestles, buildings, etc. and very few of them have one.
Since I'm in the process of getting ready for a big marketing push toward specializing in inspecting log homes it's also a marketing tool and I believe it will provide some additional credibility when I market that aspect of my business to new realtors/realtors I haven't worked with before. I offer dendroarchological dating of historic structures for the same reason (that doesn't cost me anything though).
It's about taking a gamble and filling a niche. Sort of like thermography in that respect, but way less money and less competition.