7 Deadly Sins to Avoid Getting Started in Field Inspections

    1. Here are some of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen with folks struggling in the field inspection industry:

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  1. Spending too much of your startup capital on forming a corporations or expensive E & O insurance without checking whether you really need these; it’s better to spend your time and money on marketing and gas to complete your first assignments.
  2. Treating this work as a hobby, not a business. While folks can be pretty casual in this industry, a certain degree of professionalism is expected and will in fact go a long way. Both schedulers and property managers talk to their associates..
  3. Not developing “good” habits such as checking equipment before heading out for the day. Your schedule can be dynamic; make life simpler for yourself by establishing set procedures for routine tasks.
  4. Getting angry at contacts because they are uncooperative or schedulers because they you feel they are being nit-picky will get you nowhere fast. Just do what you can to fix the issue and move on. There is more money to be made!
  5. Wasting time on tasks that can be streamlined. Report writing and scheduling can suck up way too much of your precious time. Learn how to get repetitive tasks done faster by copy & pasting old writeup’s.
  6. Lack of planning will waste both time and money. When gas prices go up, you can’t afford to be driving back and forth across town because you failed to plan out a better route or trying to find a location you could have looked up on your smart phone. Wait, you do have one, don’t you??
  7. Not getting educated about this business – with the Internet and the access to all the knowledge and information out there, there really is no excuse!

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2 Responses to 7 Deadly Sins to Avoid Getting Started in Field Inspections

  1. kleron May 29, 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    hi i am in Brooklyn ny, I just found out about this yesterday from a job posting on indeed.
    ( https://www.indeed.com/cmp/NY-Field-Services/jobs/Mortgage-Field-Inspector-5ac4b37fd6e98299sjdu=Zzi_VW2ygsY1fzh3Ma9ZsE4zIT1NTXCwgFBhdjeTC3MarufIlrWANMl6qxGo_04whvZRdwDpmRHuJ6rpl6fcLA )

    should i get started working fore an agency?

    • John Chang July 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm #

      Hi kleron – in general, it’s a good idea to get started with a legit agency. How do you know which ones are? Well, besides Richard Law’s SOFI directory I only recommend those companies that other students have given positive feedback. Let us know how it goes.

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