10 Ways to NOT be Successful

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Home Inspector with Square One Home Inspection
  • Show up for your Inspection/Appointment in ripped up jeans and a holey T-Shirt.
  • As you are inspecting the main panel ask your client "Does that look right to You?"
  • Hand write all your reports on a yellow legal pad, coffee stain free of charge, of course.
  • Drive your company vehicle(with your # on it) like a madman on the highway. They will call you.
  • Answer your phone after you and your brother have put the finishing touches on that case of beer.
  • Send out sample pricing sheets to your competitor and ask for one in return. C'mon Man!!
  • Show up at 3:05 for your 3:00 and explain that you need to be out by 4:00. Wife is waiting.
  • Hit REPLY ALL when you rip a realtor a new one, that way the client, lender, etc. will all GET it.
  • Volunteer at the local food shelter and pass out your card with that bowl of soup. NICE!
  • Send out a mailing with your name spelled incorrectly on the return label.

 

I have seen all of these things done by small business owners in my sorrounding area. Sometimes you have to wonder. But, they make me look good, so I say "Carry On."

 

 

WI Home Inspector
Square One Home Inspection proudly serves Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Dodge, Marquette, Columbia, Winnebago, and Waushara Counties. Complete home inspections and Radon testing available. Call today for a free price quote. Available 7 days a week.
Markesan WI 53946

 

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Ian A Niquette

 www.squareonehomeinspection.com

 Square One Home Inspection proudly serves Green Lake, Fond du Lac, Dodge, Marquette, Columbia, Winnebago, and Waushara Counties. Complete home inspections and Radon testing available.

 

 

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Rainmaker
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Johnathan Mullaney
Village Land Shoppe - Flagstaff, AZ
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Ian,

Good points, next up 10 ways to be successful?

Johnathan

Jan 28, 2009 07:48 AM #1
Rainer
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Ian Niquette
Square One Home Inspection - Markesan, WI

I may save that for next week.

Jan 28, 2009 07:56 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Ian - Got caught on a pipe hanger in a crawl space that almost ripped my jeans off.  Does that count - I finished the inspection in coveralls.  I still had to walk to the truck infront of everyone to get the coveralls.  Somewhat embarrassing.  Wouldn't let the client use my camera to take pictures.

 

Jan 28, 2009 08:24 AM #3
Rainer
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Ian Niquette
Square One Home Inspection - Markesan, WI

Sorry Jack, that just falls under the category of "Oh my God I am laughing so hard I have Coke running out my nose and I almost fell out of my chair".

Jan 28, 2009 08:30 AM #4
Rainer
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Scott M. Stulich
Signature Realty Group, LLC. - Dundalk Sparrows Point, MD
"REALTY becomes REALITY"

I have to say that I've experenced a few of those also and damn that makes us all look a bit better......

 

Jan 28, 2009 09:45 AM #5
Rainer
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Bruce & Mary Smith
Savannah Lakes Homes - McCormick, SC
REALTORS, Savannah Lakes Village McCormick SC

Ian - We're always amazed at what people will do (or won't do) , aren't you?  Bet Jack is glad he had the coveralls.

Jan 28, 2009 11:12 PM #6
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Gwenn Tanvas
NEXA Mortgage LLC an Equal Housing Lender NMLS # 1660690 - Appleton, WI
The Mortgage Gal, 920.267.7891~ SMART - INNOVATIVE

Hi Ian - Love your observations.... Welcome to Rural Wisconsin! We had just moved out here, and while waiting to eat in a tiny little local establishment, a friend told me to be careful who I smiled at because they just may want my teeth!!!!!!!! Please do no take me wrong, I know many great people who just so happen to have a few missing. I do not care who you are, that was funny!

Jan 30, 2009 01:53 AM #7
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Ian Niquette
Square One Home Inspection - Markesan, WI

Hey Gwenn- it just amazes me what some peole do in their business operations. But, as the saying goes, different strokes for dofferents folks. youneed to find some humore in everything you do, otherwise you lose sight of the important things.

Jan 30, 2009 02:22 AM #8
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Jen Olson
First Weber Group Realtors - Marshfield, WI

Ian,

Love this one!  And Jack is too funny!  Goes back to mom's saying about making sure you always wear clean undies!

Jan 31, 2009 09:08 AM #9
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Ian Niquette
Square One Home Inspection - Markesan, WI

Jen- that is very true, because you never know if you wil make it to the end of the day to take them off. If you don't, then who will be looking at them? I like that one to.

Feb 02, 2009 10:53 AM #10
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Russel Ray, San Diego Business & Marketing Consultant & Photographer
Russel Ray - San Diego State University, CA

I had one guy apply for a poition as a home inspector but he drove up in a 1970 Datsun B210 station wagon full of beer cans, Coke cans, and McDonald's wrappers, and, of course, dressed in shorts, flip-flops, t-shirt, and baseball cap. Well, we are a laid-back beach community -- LOL.

Feb 06, 2009 12:37 PM #11
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