I really dont plan on using a ladder at all if I can help it. I hear a lot of people just use a 30 foot pole with a camera attached for roof pictures. What do you guys think? If I need a truck, what is a reliable one between 20k and 30k?
Thanks guys. About to become a member so I can get trained.
I have a 2005 Chevy Colorado 4x4 that I use. Large enough bed to hold my ladders and have the crew cab that I put all other tools in the back seat area. Decent gas mileage at 22-23 mpg. Paid $11k for it back in 2018.
I had to look up what that was and it’s a passenger car. Are you buying tools that are specifically home inspection related? Why not do the same with a vehicle? A Honda insight may have fit your lifestyle as a commuter however if you want to get serious about home inspections you may need something to accommodate normal home inspection tools including multiple ladders.
I starting this business 28 years ago and added and removed items I needed. It’s has everything I need no matter what type of inspection I am doing that day. From shoes, boots, umbrella and coats to five ladders, ZipLevel, laser level, (radon, mold, water) test equipment, coveralls, knee pads, bump hat, respirator, and a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. Plus numerous items stuffed into those tool boxes.
This is a 28 year work in progress. I started with much less and built up over time. The point is IMO your going to need something capable of hauling some equipment, if your going to compete with seasoned inspectors, so look where your business will be in 5, 10, 15 years from now.
I already had a truck when I started, just added a few ladders, tools, and 3-part carbonless inspection forms. In 1994 film had to be developed and inspection software was not available, those were the good old days!