Monthly Archives: July 2015

How to Learn More About NPI and GPI

Dual LogosIf you’re interested in starting your own home and commercial property inspection business, then we can help you make your dream a reality. Built on nearly 30 years of experience and expertise in the property inspection industry, our franchise system provides just about everything you need to start your business. Here are links to more information about franchising with NPI and GPI:

Our Franchising Websites

Franchisee Satisfaction Survey Results

  • Our 2015 franchisee satisfaction survey was conducted by Franchise Business Review. Click here to access the results.

Podcast: Franchise Business Review Viewpoints — National Property Inspections, Inc.

  • Learn about the inspection industry from NPI/GPI founder and president, Roland Bates. Click here.

Interactive Presentations: Franchising the NPI/GPI Way

Slideshare Presentations: Start Your Career in Home and Commercial Building Inspection
Data about the home inspection industry as a career field, as well as information about the NPI/GPI franchise opportunity.

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Starting a Property Inspection Business: Franchise or Independent?

When starting a business, every entrepreneur faces a crucial decision: franchise or independent? Either business model can succeed or fail. Sometimes it depends on the type of business, sometimes on the entrepreneur and sometimes on sheer luck.

National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections have training business owners in the home and commercial property inspection business using our franchise model for nearly 30 years, and the vast majority of our franchise owners have enjoyed great success. We find that in the property inspection industry, our franchise owners are more successful than independent business owners. But why is that? We believe it’s simply because our franchise provides everything an entrepreneur needs to start an inspection business, including training.

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If you have a degree or work experience in a field, then you may have the training, experience and business know-how that you’ll need to start your business independently. However, many businesses — such as property inspection — require entrepreneurs to obtain further training, especially in states or provinces that require licensing, certification or registration.

If you are ready for a change of careers, then working with a franchisor — who will provide the necessary tools, training and guidance — may be a better option. Likewise if you want to start your own business but don’t have much business experience. Starting a business can be scary. Working with a franchisor can help alleviate some of the unknowns when you start your business and give you an edge for success.

If you are interested in receiving more information about NPI or GPI, please contact Julie Erickson, director of franchise sales, at julie.erickson@npiweb.com.

Is Carbon Monoxide Still a Concern?

Carbon Monoxide Detector_shutterstock_5348236With all of the awareness and education available to the general public, is there need to still be concerned about carbon monoxide (CO)? Consider these recent headlines:

Perhaps these and other deaths could have been prevented. Home inspectors can help in the fight to prevent deaths due to CO.’

Called “the silent killer,” CO has no odor, smell or taste, but knowing your environment and the types of things that produce CO could save a life. Anything that burns gas, wood, oil and fuels creates CO.

Home inspectors can purchase the tools necessary to detect high levels of CO in a home. Some inspectors offer CO testing as part of their inspections, while others may charge a fee to test CO levels. In addition, inspectors often suggest that home owners have devices installed to detect high levels of CO.

Should You Consider Owning a Franchise?

2 women + park bench + laptopAs you’re exploring options for starting your own business, you’ve probably come across some franchise opportunities. Exactly what is a franchise? Simply put, it’s a way of offering services and/or products by a franchisor with a specific set of guidelines and an existing trademark in place.

When a company has been founded and is doing well by selling its products and/or services, customers grow to know and trust the name, and the demand for the business increases. The business owner then decides to expand the brand and its offerings across geographical locations, selecting candidates to assist in this as franchisees. The company’s founder shares his methods of success — such as business, sales and marketing plans — and allows others to participate. Carefully chosen candidates then establish their own businesses to operate and prosper as part of the franchise.

Becoming a franchisee allows you to be your own boss yet have the sound support and assistance of successful and proven methods in place. You can work for yourself, but by no means are you left by yourself. A network of resources offered by the franchisor will be available to you at all times. For example, technical support, marketing materials and strategies are provided. Co-franchisees are available for assistance and support with any questions or concerns you may have.

When you purchase a franchise business, the franchisor will provide thorough training once you are selected to become part of the organization.

Benefits of Owning a Franchise
If you would like to become your own boss, make your own schedule and achieve work–life balance, then a franchise may be a good choice for you. Other qualities that franchise owners typically exhibit are the following:

  • Business-oriented mindset
  • Ambitious
  • Hardworking

Becoming a franchisee eliminates the need for many years of trial and error that often are necessary while trying to succeed in business. Furthermore, a franchise provide you with teammates — the franchisor’s team and other franchisees — from the beginning of your business investment. Becoming part of a winning team is much easier than trying to play the game all alone.

As a franchisee, your success is a priority for everyone involved. Success in your business as a franchisee allows you and everyone involved in the franchise to benefit.

Named a top low-cost franchise with high franchisee satisfaction, National Property Inspections, Inc.,  offers home and commercial property inspection franchises throughout North America. We operate as National Property Inspections in the United States and as Global Property Inspections in Canada. Contact us for more information about our franchise opportunities.

Should Home Inspectors Become Certified in WDO Inspections?

Termites + Damage_shutterstock_190584746Termites are small enough that one could sit comfortably on your fingernail. How devastating could the damage be from an insect as small as this? According to PestWorld.org, termites cause $ 5 billion in property damage each year.  Other wood-destroying organisms (WDO) include fungi, carpenter ants and wood-boring beetles.

Early damage from WDO can be minimal, but if left untreated the ongoing invasion can devastate a home. Damage can be serious enough to collapse floors or even the ceiling in a home. Annual WDO inspections can help prevent the invasion of the destructive insects and fungi, and home buyers should always have a WDO inspection done with a home inspection.

Some home buyers assume that the general home inspector provides a WDO inspection. They are unaware that certification and training for WDO inspections are separate. This is a key reason that home inspectors should consider becoming certified for WDO inspections.  The more knowledge and services that you can provide your client, the more return business you will win. A completely satisfied client will most assuredly remember you when someone they know needs the service that you provided to them.

As with mold inspection certification, NPI/GPI encourages our franchise owners/inspectors to become certified in performing WDO inspections as a way to diversify their businesses and earn more income. For a list of add-on specialty services that home inspectors can provide when they receive additional training and certification, click here.

To learn more about NPI/GPI franchise opportunities in home and commercial building inspection, visit http://npifranchise.com/ in the United States or http://gpifranchise.com/ in Canada.

Mold Certification Is Beneficial for Home Inspectors

Mold Spores_shutterstock_108833519NPI/GPI encourages its franchise owners/inspectors to diversify their businesses by offering additional inspection services. One way we achieve this is by training our inspectors in both home and commercial building inspection — and we’re the only franchisor to do so — so that our franchisees have more earning potential with commercial building inspections. Another service some of our franchise owners offer is mold inspections.

As many people know, mold can cause adverse health effects. But not everyone knows how to locate or identify mold. Home inspectors who are not certified mold inspectors cannot properly identify mold in the inspection report; usually, they will note the presence of “suspected mold” or “possible mold.” Certified mold inspections are the best way to inform home owners and buyers whether their property has mold.

Some molds are hidden in areas of the walls, attics, crawl spaces, attics and even outdoors. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), molds can cause severe health issues in some people. Eye irritation, lethargy, allergy irritations and severe lung infections can result from mold exposure.

Home inspectors who want to obtain mold certification can find training available from the following organizations:

Clean air is more desired today than ever before, as more people are now aware of the damage that can result from pollutants. If mold is present in a house or building, a mold inspection can determine how severe the damage may be. Mold removal is an expensive repair that can lead to thousands of dollars in repairs. And, a mold problem can mean not only repair costs, but also decreased quality of life inside the house. Who wants to be sick most of the time due to mold infestation of a home? If mold damage is severe, it could even render a home uninhabitable.

To learn more about NPI/GPI franchise opportunities in home and commercial building inspection, visit http://npifranchise.com/ in the United States or http://gpifranchise.com/ in Canada.

Business Communications: Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

Submitted by Roland Bates, President, NPI/GPI

Inspector + Client2Like the old Bob Dylan song, “Times, they are a-changing,” and that’s especially true with business communication. In case there are any “old dogs” reading this, you have to embrace change or be left behind. Or worse yet — be called an “old dog.” Still, there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned face-to-face meeting or even a phone call. I find the best mix of communication for business is a mix of the old and the new.

Pretty face to pretty face. There is no substitute for meeting clients or making sales calls face-to-face. In my limited-capacity mind that’s the best way to solicit business, build relationships and work out any perceived differences that two interested parties might have. And ultimately that’s the only way to shake hands. Shaking hands is the best way to greet someone and, assuming it’s a business meeting, symbolize “deal done.”(Let’s hope the handshake is never entirely replaced with the Howie Mandel fist bump.)

Did I catch you at a busy time? In order of importance, and next to face-to-face meetings, is the ever-so-important phone call. I can only guess at how many business-related phone calls I’ve had in the last 25-plus years. Some days my ear would literally become sore. Once you know someone well, a phone call is still one of the best ways to discuss details of a business matter, build relationships or tell that joke that only you find funny (all my jokes are funny, I think). For years, phone calls greatly outnumbered business-related emails.

Emails: Can’t live without them. At first emails seemed more interesting than practical. I might have checked them once a day. But we now have the ability to attach photographs, documents and the like, which has made email an essential business tool. It’s said that most businesspeople get more business-related emails than they do phone calls. I believe that, for that has definitely been the case for me for some time now. And speaking of phone calls, who doesn’t have a cellphone?

Text messaging. Are business-related text messages slowly outnumbering business-related phone calls and emails combined? I wouldn’t bet against it. There are a lot of people who silence the ringer on their phones and use them to call out but don’t answer incoming calls. They use their cells for mostly texting.

I’ll save webinars, video conferencing, etc., for another time.