108 episodes

A weekly home inspection podcast hosted by the founders of Inspector Toolbelt - the premier home inspection software. Get tips, insights, strategies, and more from our hosts and guests to help give your home inspection business a boost. Ian and Beon are property inspection and tech industry veterans with over 20 years of experience each. Sometimes they even stay on point :)

Inspector Toolbelt Talk Ian Robertson

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    • 5.0 • 22 Ratings

A weekly home inspection podcast hosted by the founders of Inspector Toolbelt - the premier home inspection software. Get tips, insights, strategies, and more from our hosts and guests to help give your home inspection business a boost. Ian and Beon are property inspection and tech industry veterans with over 20 years of experience each. Sometimes they even stay on point :)

    What's Changing In Our Industry

    What's Changing In Our Industry

    Learn where the inspection industry is headed and what needs to change with our guest, Nathan Thornberry. From his teenage house-flipping ventures to navigating the choppy waters of today's industry, Nathan's wealth of experience offers a treasure trove of insights for anyone with a stake in property. As the real estate seas grow turbulent with rising interest rates and shrinking inventories, we dissect the decline in inspection volumes and the strategic evolution from solo operations to larger multi-inspector firms. 

    Tune in for an episode on overcoming the industry's challenges—a must-listen for home inspectors and others looking to broaden their horizons. We compare the resilience of diversified businesses like McDonald's to the adaptability required in the home inspection sphere, as inspectors cast wider nets with ancillary services. The conversation reveals how such innovation can not just buffer against economic downturns but also position businesses at the forefront of the industry, even as the floodgates open for new entrants.

    As we wrap up our dialogue with Nathan, we scrutinize the effects of foreclosures on the industry's pulse, reflecting on the 2008 financial crisis and the distinctive market dynamics of homestead states. This episode peels back the layers of market complexities, offering a glimpse into the cyclical nature of real estate and the potential for a resurgence in the home inspection sector. For professionals eager to understand and harness the ebbs and flows of the market, this episode is an invaluable compass.
    Check out our home inspection app at www.inspectortoolbelt.com
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    *The views and opinions expressed in this podcast, and the guests on it, do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Inspector Toolbelt and its associates.

    • 43 min
    How To Become a Successful Commercial Inspector

    How To Become a Successful Commercial Inspector

    Learn more about the lucrative landscape of commercial inspections with Rob Claus, the brilliant Director of Education for CCPIA. Our latest episode of Inspector Toolbelt Talk is a treasure chest of insights for seasoned home inspectors contemplating an expansion into the commercial realm, or for novices eager to carve out a niche in this dynamic industry. Rob brings to light the allure of commercial clients, the tact needed for drafting proposals that shield you from litigation, and the finesse of tailoring agreements with precision. His anecdotes from an impressive repertoire of thousands of inspections, including colossal projects like shopping centers, are nothing short of a masterclass in scaling your business strategically.

    Listen in as Rob unlocks the secrets to a less physically demanding - yet more profitable aspect of inspection services, where projects can span from a week to several months and command fees that reflect their complexity. Rob doesn't hold back as we discuss the nuts and bolts of pricing strategies, the benefits of hiring versus contracting, and the indispensable armor that is a well-crafted insurance policy. This episode doesn't just skim the surface—it provides a deep well of knowledge for anyone ready to elevate their inspection game, brought to you by a veteran who has been there, climbed that ladder, and surveyed the vast territory of commercial inspections. Join us, and transform the blueprint of your career with the expertise and experience shared by Rob Claus.
    Check out our home inspection app at www.inspectortoolbelt.com
    Need a home inspection website? See samples of our website at www.inspectortoolbelt.com/home-inspection-websites

    *The views and opinions expressed in this podcast, and the guests on it, do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Inspector Toolbelt and its associates.

    • 39 min
    How To Hire Inspectors

    How To Hire Inspectors

    Ever wondered how to turn your solo home inspection venture into a thriving team operation? Mike Ortiz joins us to reveal the blueprint for scaling your inspection business by recruiting the right talent and fostering a culture that values growth and quality. Listen closely as we offer an insider's look at the strategic timing of expansion, the importance of HR and payroll systems, and the transformation from independent inspector to dynamic leader.

    We dissect the art of recognizing potential and how to utilize it. Mike imparts wisdom from his hands-on experience, sharing how to craft a compelling job profile and the unexpected advantages of teaching to find hidden gems. The dialogue turns to the delicate task of onboarding, where the intertwining of technical skill and interpersonal finesse is paramount. This episode also offers a window into the human aspect of home inspection, where communication is just as critical as the inspections themselves.

    Finally, we tackle the backbone of any successful operation: fostering a motivational work environment. We outline how to build an incentive program that rewards initiative and loyalty, while emphasizing the necessity of a balanced work-life rhythm. We discuss the value of investing in continuous education and the role of HR and accounting services in smoothing out operations. With these insights, you're equipped to navigate the world of home inspection team building with confidence and clarity. Join us for a conversation that could redefine the foundation of your business.
    Check out our home inspection app at www.inspectortoolbelt.com
    Need a home inspection website? See samples of our website at www.inspectortoolbelt.com/home-inspection-websites

    *The views and opinions expressed in this podcast, and the guests on it, do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Inspector Toolbelt and its associates.

    • 46 min
    Social Media Trends for 2024

    Social Media Trends for 2024

    Show Notes:

    Join us for our discussion with Daniel King from Inspector Media as we uncover the social media trends of 2024 for home inspectors. In this episode, Daniel shares his journey through the evolving digital landscape, drawing on his experiences since 2007. Don't miss our deep dive into the power of social media videos in 2024, including the rise of platforms like YouTube Shorts and TikTok and how they are revolutionizing client engagement. 

    Discover how to leverage hashtags and content trends to capture the right audience and create genuine connections through reaction videos. We also delve into the "uncanny valley" of AI-generated images and their impact on brand perception. Plus, learn essential strategies for local businesses to enhance their online presence through SEO and personal engagement. Tune in for this enlightening episode that will equip you with the tools and insights you need to thrive in the ever-evolving world of social media marketing.


    Check out our home inspection app at www.inspectortoolbelt.com
    Need a home inspection website? See samples of our website at www.inspectortoolbelt.com/home-inspection-websites

    *The views and opinions expressed in this podcast, and the guests on it, do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Inspector Toolbelt and its associates.

    • 43 min
    How To Be Successful As a Solo Inspector

    How To Be Successful As a Solo Inspector

    Randy Lima of Integrity Home Inspections USA is on the show this week - tune in as he recounts the benefits of running a lean, quality-driven business—where the fusion of expert work-life balance meets the mastery of a one-man operation. It's an episode that redefines success, illustrating the profound impact of focusing on personal satisfaction rather than relentless expansion.

    Randy reveals his approach to standing out: premium services and confident pricing. This isn't just a discussion on dollars and cents; it's a masterclass in cultivating a brand that emanates value, expertise, and unwavering professionalism. Join us to learn how a clear understanding of one's worth and a refusal to participate in price wars not only elevates your business presence but also aligns you with clients who truly appreciate the distinction of top-tier service.

    Wrapping up, our conversation with Randy takes a deep dive into the soul of customer relationships and the art of setting industry benchmarks. He shares how maintaining high standards and making strategic choices—like opting out of weekend work—doesn't lead to lost opportunities but rather to a clientele that respects and awaits quality. Whether it's pricing insights or how to be successful as a solo inspector, this episode is a trove of wisdom for the home inspector or service professional charting a path of solo success. So, join us for an exploration of storytelling and strategy that may just inspire you to shape your own thriving operation.
    Check out our home inspection app at www.inspectortoolbelt.com
    Need a home inspection website? See samples of our website at www.inspectortoolbelt.com/home-inspection-websites

    *The views and opinions expressed in this podcast, and the guests on it, do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Inspector Toolbelt and its associates.

    • 42 min
    Breaking Into Commercial Inspections - With Dillon Winiecki

    Breaking Into Commercial Inspections - With Dillon Winiecki

    Join us as we talk about commercial inspections with Dillon Winiecki, the mastermind behind Arizona Commercial Property Inspections. This episode is a treasure trove of insights for anyone itching to crack the code of commercial inspections—a niche that is as lucrative as it is demanding. With Dillon's expertise, you'll learn the ropes of establishing yourself in the commercial inspection industry.

    Dillon walks us through how organizations like CCPIA aren't just allies but essential in providing the resources and training critical to flourishing in this domain. Get ready to absorb wisdom on robust reporting, cost estimation expertise, and the continuous learning that ensures you're always in step with the expectations of discerning commercial clients.

    Finally, allow us to guide you through the labyrinth of strategic marketing and adept navigation within the commercial real estate industry. This is where the rubber meets the road, with Dillon's firsthand experiences in building relationships with engineers, understanding the lingo of brokers, and making informed decisions when it comes to subcontracting. It's a candid look into the art of standing out in a competitive space, rounding off with a heartfelt nod to Dillon's contributions and a teaser of the invaluable discussions that lie ahead for our listeners.
    Check out our home inspection app at www.inspectortoolbelt.com
    Need a home inspection website? See samples of our website at www.inspectortoolbelt.com/home-inspection-websites

    *The views and opinions expressed in this podcast, and the guests on it, do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Inspector Toolbelt and its associates.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

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22 Ratings

22 Ratings

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Informative and top notch

Great peer support and relatability !

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Excellent Podcast

As a home inspector I enjoy and appreciate the information that “Inspector Toolbelt Talk” past onto home inspectors. Entertaining and informative!!!

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Best Home Inspector Podcast Out There!

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