ActiveRain adds a whole new meaning to, “When it Rains it pours.” Most inspectors in my area are not very busy----or at least not as busy as they were two years ago. Lots of inspectors have gone out of business or have had to put their construction tool belts back on. This is certainly true for me, and as long as I don’t have to go take my hammer and chop-saw out of moth balls I am a happy camper. I feel very fortunate that I have been fairly busy and right now I am very busy.
Without ActiveRain I would have had to put my construction hard-hat back on months ago. After more than 33 years of building, the: “been there, done that” principle is very strong. When things get slow for agents-----the calls for inspections typically drops way off. With a real presence on the internet, from persistently blogging on ActiveRain, people are finding me----and calling me-----for inspections. This helps make up for the drop-off in calls from agents.
Yesterday I got a call wanting to know if I would go to Splendora, Texas to do an inspection-----a little bit out of my range (even though I LOVE road trips)----not to mention that I am not licensed in Texas. While this example is a little extreme it shows how blogging has a broad brush that paints your name all over the place and you just never know who that paint is going to touch. So while something like this might amount to no more than “spam” it also represents “possibilities” that would not exist without the effort put into blogging.
I used to think that being number one on Google would have to happen before I would see the kinds of results that I am seeing now. The truth is that if I was number one on Google people might not call me as much. Does anyone ever take the number one position seriously anymore? Aren’t most people suspicious of how they got to that position?
Aside from all of that----it is hard to be in two places at once----contrary to what some inspectors would like to think, a person can only do “X” amount of inspections and do them well. Some people tell me that when that happens, I can expand and hire other inspectors. I DON”T THINK SO!
I just had a buyer the other day that one of the first questions they wanted to know was whether I would be doing the inspection myself or would some “wannabecharlie” be doing it. I replied---nope, there is only one of me.
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WA State, Home Inspector Advisory Licensing Board