In case you didn't know, Ryan and I are passionate about living a debt- free lifestyle. We are avid followers of Dave Ramsey and have been following his plan to achieve our financial goals. Therefore, we are committed to about running our business without any type of loan or credit card. We save up for everything that we want or need, and are very intentional with every dollar that we earn.
So, after going back and forth, as we have been building up our business, we finally did it. We purchased a radon machine. Not only any radon machine, its a 1028 Continuous Radon Monitor from Sun Nuclear. It collects one air sample per hour for the duration of the test, making it more accurate than the charcoal canister tests. It wasn't cheap, but completely worth it! We made the decision after we had lost several jobs because we could not get fast Radon results. We couldn't let that happen again, so we bit the bullet and made the purchase. It has been paying off ever since! A few days after we got the machine, we received a job for a radon test. So I know it was money well spent.
It may be a challenge at some points of running this business in terms of staying debt free, but we do believe it is possible. I think it will help us stay on track and focused on our goals. We will not spend frivolously and will be even more proud of how much our business grows and flourishes.
We wouldn't be able to do any of this without the support of our friends and family. We are grateful for each and everyone of you! Thank you for your support and encouragement through our endeavor of Lifespace Inspections. I can't wait to see what this journey will bring us next.
I have been wanting to buy a continuous radon monitor (CRM) since I started my inspections business. The problem? They're $1200. Each. I need to have multiple machines as they are sometimes in homes and sometimes out for calibration.
I finally went for it and ordered a brand new Sun Nuclear 1028 that should be here in a couple weeks. I have lost 4 jobs due to not having a CRM and I do not want to lose any more. I can start offering radon stand alone tests now as well.
The issue I forsee running into now is that I need to do a LOT of radon testing to make buying more of them viable. While I want as many radon tests as I can book, I can only book one at a time for now due to the single machine. It will be nice to have one for placing during home inspections though and that alone should help to secure me work from the agents that did not use me due to not having a machine.
I plan to purchase another monitor in the near future and build up to 10 eventually. That will give me the ability to perform multiple tests at a time as they sometimes need to be in the house for 60 hours.
We performed a home inspection with a radon test as part of it this last Saturday. We currently use Air Check for our radon testing until we can get a continuous radon monitor (CRM). I went and dropped the tests off on Thursday so that they could be sent out as soon as we finished the home inspection on Saturday. We send our tests out to a lab in North Carolina, and it can take up to 4 days to get results. We are saving up for a CRM, and hope to have them available soon! With a CRM, we will be able to get results within two days!
Thank you for taking the time to visit our site and check out our Blog! Ryan and I are new at this, so please excuse our novice. We are excited to share our passion of keeping all home owners safe, with you! As a husband and wife team, we have been working very hard on building our business and marketing it in the most efficient ways. From the research we have done, one of the top ways to market a small business is to keep a blog. Although we are new at blogging, we will give it our best to share our experience and knowledge with everyone willing to read it.
To start off, I would like to introduce myself to you! My name is Melissa. I am 33 years old, a very proud wife, mother to four fur babies, and a dedicated small business owner. I enjoy cooking, gardening, and camping. I grew up in Manitou Springs, Colorado as a preacher's daughter. I first met my husband, Ryan, in the 7th grade. We dated for about a week, went to a middle school dance together, and then I dumped him. I know, not nice. But he doesn't remember anyways, so it couldn't have been too heart breaking! We then re-connected after i graduated college through mutual friends. It was love at first sight, again, and we have been inseparable ever since.
Ryan has been an over-the-road trucker for the entirety of our relationship. When we dated, I went on the truck with him for 6 months. We drove coast to coast several times in the space the size of a small bathroom. To say the least, we got to know each other really well. It was our time on the truck that got us talking a lot about our dreams and goals for the future. Something we both had in common was that we both wanted to be small business owners. At that point, we were not sure what type of business we wanted, we just knew that we would be most happy working for ourselves and serving others.
After we married in 2013, we bought our first house. We looked at several homes, and eventually found the perfect one for us. It was the perfect location, just the right size, and up to that point the biggest investment we were about to make. We were a little unsure about the home-buying process and really weren't aware that we needed a home inspection. To be honest, I didn't even know what it was for. But it was recommended by our Realtor, so we went along with it and got a home inspection from a franchise company.
When we went out to the house for the home inspection, both Ryan and I were excited to see what they were checking for. They checked for things that I never would have asked about. They explained all of the main systems of the house to us, and made sure that we understood what we needed to do to keep our new home safe and maintained. If it wasn't for them, I would never know that i could turn up the heat on the water heater, or to clean out our dryer vent to avoid fires! We were both very appreciative of their service and their expertise to ensure we were making the right decision in purchasing the home.
After we moved in, we both knew that our dream of owning a small business was destined to be in the home inspection industry. Ryan was always a great handyman. and becoming a home owner boosted his knowledge and capabilities. As for me, I have always been in the customer service field. I love taking care of people. It was a perfect fit for me to use my skills to help other home buyers and sellers to feel comfortable with one of the biggest decisions they can make.
We dove right in. Ryan became certified with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. He completed more than 30 certifications and uncountable hours of study and examinations. We built our business from the ground up and have been diligent to do what we can to share our passion with our clients.
We both know that this first year will probably be one of the hardest. But we have done well so far and have faith that we will be successful in all of our endeavors. I plan to keep this blog going with the experiences we encounter, whether it be a challenge of the business or reason to celebrate our dreams coming true! Thank you again for reading this. I hope that it is a good first start.
Until next time,
There are a few things that I think should be considered when ordering a home inspection. You want to make sure that you get the most out of your home inspection and that you don't waste money or time.
First I think that you should always consider hiring a home inspector based on their qualifications and not solely on price. There are a bunch of reasons for this but mainly that if you hire an unqualified inspector you may not get the inspection you need and deserve. There is a much higher chance that the inspector will miss something major if they have not been properly trained. At Lifespace Inspections we stay current with all of the latest innovations in both training and equipment available to use during your Certified Home Inspection.
Secondly I would strongly encourage everyone to have radon testing done as part of your Certified Home Inspection. Radon is a colorless, odorless, and poisonous radioactive gas that is found everywhere but can have dangerously high levels in your home. It is estimated that radon is the third highest cause of deaths in the US. At Lifespace Inspections we perform a radon test during your Certified Home Inspection or as a stand alone service to the highest quality standards in the industry.
This is the first image I ever took of a defect during a home inspection. It's of the downspout at the rear of my own house (no I didn't fix it like the inspector told me to). It has been an interesting learning experience and has been fun and stressful the entire time.
It's now been almost 2 years since that picture was taken and I thought I would say something about the process so that a new inspector that is in his backyard taking a picture of his first defect will have something to go on.
First thing I can say is study. A lot. No matter how much you think you already know, it's not enough. Get training early on and it will make the process easier.
Secondly start doing inspections of all your friend's and family's houses. Like full inspections with reports. I thought I would be fine with the reporting side of things but it is far more involved than you think.
Thirdly don't listen to all the yahoos on the forums and facebook pages that tell you that to become a home inspector you have to be in construction for 36 years and train with a master inspector for another 2 years.