Hi, my name is David Asselin, home inspector license: 70020. I have been licensed by Consumer Protection BC here in the Vancouver area for about 3 years. I am an HIABC (formely CAHPI BC) and InterNachi member. I'm French Canadian from Quebec but I've been living in B.C. since 1995. I created the PreInspected.com platform to help grow my inspection company. I bought most of my pre-listing inspection related domains in 2015-16 when I realized that I didn't have what it takes to market myself to agents. I looked for a unique selling proposition but most of the agents in my area already had their favorites guys and the only UPS available was to be the cheap guy. I needed something solid to get them to use me without having to drop my price.
I was raised on a dairy farm in Northern Quebec and worked on construction ever since I moved to B.C. I always hated construction because I was raised to take pride in the work I do and to do it right. I realized real quick that construction was all about the fastest and the cheapest guy. I was ashamed to be part of an industry that does poor quality work in a hurry. Then for the last 2 years I started FRAMERS.ca; a drywall, steel stud framing, taping, insulation contracting company to help finance the PreInspected.com platform. But again, I realized that even if I was doing the best quality jobs, I would only get work if I was the cheapest. I didn't want to be the cheapest, I want people to use me because I would go above and beyond in order to exceed our client's expectations.
Some people in the home inspection industry sees me as a vendor and I do get it but keep in mind, I've got nothing to sell, it's all free. I may in the future consider some avenues of revenue but for now the goal is to grow my company and help as many inspectors as possible do the same. If you are wondering how I make money with this please read the "How do you make money?" FAQ.
A Pre-Listing Inspection is the exact same thing as a buyer inspection. Not close, not almost but 100% the same as a buyer inspection. You get your contact signed, you do the inspection, you get pay, you give the client a copy of the inspection report and you upload one on PreInspected.com for prospective buyers to download for free.
We made a short video that can be sent by you to your local agents. We also have a marketing feature on PreInspected.com where you can add a list of agents and the video will be sent to them including a message of your choice. Here is the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZwowV6GB9M
You can also make real estate agent office presentation. We have great power point presentation and we will upload it so you can use it.
When we promote it to agent, we tell them that they are the one paying. They may try to get the seller to pay but the benefits to them is so great that it is in their best interest to pay for it and get it going.
We don't. The system is designed to make us a successful inspection company in our area and we make it available for free to everyone so they can also be successful.
We are planning on marketing to prospective buyers who downloaded the report in the future. We will not market anything related to inspection/inspector since those are your leads and they were generated by your hard work. We will not market anything related to agents, since it is also their leads and got you the job in order to get those leads. We may introduce them to mortgage broker and repairs companies.
We are committed to keeping the contact information of the seller private. It’s pretty simple, the seller’s contact information is not included unless the seller request it to be available. When uploading a report on PreInspected.com, if the inspector adds the contact information of the seller, the seller will receive an email asking them if they did agree to it, if they click no, then it’s not included with the report. They also have to check mark the box in the inspection contract giving the inspector permission to add their contact info on PreInspected.com. It’s a double protection. Prospective buyers don't need the seller's contact info, the seller agent's info is readily available on the report detail page.