Template letter for Building Inspectors to lobby Government for Regulation of the Industry

EmailingFor Housesafe Inspectors who wish to lobby the Government or Industry Bodies please copy and paste the draft letter below or download the Word Document and fill in your details.

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Your Name
Address

Date

(To Government or Industry Body)

Dear XXX

I wish to bring to your attention the unmitigated risk to property purchasers in Australia who rely on a pre-purchase building and or pest inspector to discover the effects of defects, termites and safety issues in a potential purchase of property.

The risk I refer to is due to this inspection industry not being regulated in all States (except QLD) and allowing building and or pest inspectors to set themselves up in business without the proper training, education, certification and even not having professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

I am aware that Howard Ryan, Managing Director of Housesafe Training and Education (www.housesafetraining.com.au) has been lobbying sectors within Government departments for many years about regulating the industry, which still seems to be falling on deaf ears.

As a professional, insured and trained building inspector myself, I therefore request you urgently look into this matter to help ensure that property buyers are not risking financial ruin.

Yours Sincerely,

 

Name
Company

 

 

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The Gulf Between Real Estate Agents and Building Inspectors

The Gulf Between Real Estate Agents and Building Inspectors

Housesafe Certified Inspectors

Housesafe OrangeThe “Housesafe Certified Inspectors Course” Application and Declaration form.

If you wish to become a Housesafe Certified Inspector and move to the next phase in your sales and marketing please complete this form and return to us for matriculation. This course will be released to begin in September 2015, all around Australia.

This has never been done before and based on the research we have conducted both in Australia and Internationally only good can come for its release.
A verification process happens behind the scenes in Housesafe so proof is assessed prior to matriculation into this Certified Course.

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Ten tips for swimming pool safety

Ten tips for swimming pool safety:

  1. Have your pool barrier inspected annually by  an accredited Housesafe Swimming Pool Safety Inspector
  2. Ensure the pool barrier is 1.2m high
  3. The gap under the pool barrier MUST NOT exceed 100mm
  4. The pool barrier gate must be SELF-LATCHING from any position
  5. A 900mm NO CLIMB ZONE applies on the outside of the barrier from the top edge out 900mm and radius downwards
  6. The boundary barrier (neighbour’s fence) must be a minimum of 1.8m high
  7. A 900mm NO CLIMB ZONE applies on the inside of the boundary barrier from the top edge out 900mm and radius downwards
  8. The ground under the pool barrier gate posts must be of stable materials
  9. A CPR chart MUST BE clearly displayed 1
  10. No hand holds and foot holds available within a 900mm radius of each other
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Networking to Build Your Building Inspection Business

The Golden Rule for networking is “It’s not about me, it’s about YOU”. I cringe thinking back about when I first started to network and thought of myself as being someone who could really ‘work the room’. I was so busy telling everyone what I did without taking the time to first learn about the person I had just met. These days when I network I go with the attitude of contributing to others. I take an interest in who I’m chatting with and ask questions about them, and their business.

Not everyone you meet will be a potential client for you, however you don’t know who they know, and who they could refer you to! Let’s face it; people do business and refer business to people they know and trust.

I realise it’s not easy for people to attend networking events because some are dreadfully shy, so think of it as part of your marketing and growing your building inspection business.

If you are shy, there are a number of ways to get chatting:

  • Ring the organizers to see if someone can meet you and introduce you to other people
  • Stand alone – someone will come to you
  • Approach someone who is standing alone
  • Introduce yourself and then ask questions about the other person
  • Spend more time listening
  • Make sure you are up to date with current affairs and news

As a building inspector it’s a good idea to have a really good ‘elevator speech’ telling your story in a memorable way. This is your first impression to get across what you do and how you help people in 30 seconds. I have given a formula below on crafting an elevator pitch, and have used myself to explain how I crafted my own elevator pitch.

Here is mine:

My name is Deb Carr I’m a blogger & social media marketer and I help small business owners tell their story in the most effective way through social media and blogging. I do this by teaching them social media or looking after their accounts for them. I’m looking to connect with anyone who needs to have the WOW factor online.

Yours could be:

I’m Joe Bloggs and I’m a building inspector specialising in pre-purchase inspections. I help homeowners to avoid the pitfalls of buying a new home that could have costly defects. I do this by doing a thorough independent inspection and report on the home. I’m looking to connect with property buyers who want to be assured that their investment is the right one.

My name is ______________________________________________________________

I’m ______________________________________________________________
consider sharing your company name, your personal brand, role or specialty

I help ______________________________________________________________

who/what kind of clients do you like to work with?

to ______________________________________________________________
State your value proposition: What value you create for people?

I do this by ______________________________________________________________
What kinds of problems do you help solve for them and how?

I’m looking to meet
__________________________________________________________
Specifically who would you like to connect with (optional depending on circumstances)

Remember:

  • Always check you have a good stock of business cards with you. It’s a good idea to always write a note on a business card that is given to you with important things to remember about the person you just met.
  • Be a good listener
  • Follow your new contacts on social media

NOTE: You can use this in your marketing material too, you may want to use just one line as your tag line e.g. mine is “Let me help you tell your story in the most effective way” whereas yours could be “Let me help you avoid the pitfalls of buying a new home that could have costly defects”.

Deb is the Marketing Consultant for Housesafe; a popular Sydney lifestyle blogger and Social Media Marketer.

 

The Pitfalls of Building Inspectors not Having Insurance

The Pitfalls of Building Inspectors not Having Insurance

Why Pre-purchase Property Inspectors Need to be Licensed

Why Pre-purchase Property Inspectors Need to Be Licensed

Possible Jail Sentences for Negligent Pool Owners in NSW

Toddler Swimming Pool SafetyWe urge all NSW pool owners to read this article from www.news.com.au regarding the NSW Government considering Jail terms for negligent pool owners resulting in a child drowning their pool due to carelessness.

This followers the drowning of a toddler who drowned in his neighbour’s pool in 2012 due to the owner not repairing the broken barrier.

 

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Leaky Building Class Action in NZ: Cladding or installation the problem?

A recent article is in www.stuff.co.nz on a proposed class action civil lawsuit against cladding manufacturers regarding leaky-building caught my attention so I investigated further. Lawyers are urging property owners to register on www.goodcladding.co.nz in order to put together a class action with a ’no win no pay’. I researched this further and discovered that it’s not actually the cladding that is the problem but the installation. Again, I raise the question that trades people need the proper training.

With the NZ Government dropping the apprentice training system for builders and trades meant that some builders were careless in their work by making short cuts. Also with changes to the Building Act 1991 it meant that there were less regulations. To make matters even worse many construction companies failed to carry out inspection work and issue completion certificates. With less regulations and builders taking shortcuts in installing cladding and without building inspections many homes became damp. 

Bottom line: The breakdown of the apprenticeship system, unqualified builders and council staff carrying out building inspections without the training or any building knowledge to ensure that the cladding was weathertight.