Using a sUAS on Home Inspections

By Randy Yates, Training Consultant Administrator, NPI/GPI Corporate Office

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After three years of anticipation the time has finally arrived where it is legal and feasible to use a sUAS, better known as a drone to do aerial video and photography for roof inspections for residential and commercial properties.  There are some things that you must do, the biggest being taking and passing the airman’s knowledge test. Without passing the test you cannot use a drone commercially.

How do you know what to study for to take the test?  I would highly recommend taking a training course from a couple of options.  I took a flight and ground school course from dartdrones.com which may be the way you would want to go.  There is also a course available on-line if you can learn from that type of training from REMOTEPILOT101.com for the low price of $99.00, lifetime ownership, which may be worth the investment considering you will have to renew your sUAS pilot’s license every 24 months.  They claim they will be updating their course as the FAA changes the rules.

Even if you choose to fly a drone for hobby or recreation you MUST register your drone if it weighs more than 0.5lbs. and less than 55lbs.  Failure to register your drone could cost you a fine of up to $30000.00 and possible imprisonment.

You must carry insurance in case you have an accident.  More details to follow in my next post on which drone should I use.

Yates PhotoWith more than 10 years of experience in his current position and over 30 years of experience in remodeling and contracting, Randy Yates provides technical training to new NPI/GPI inspectors and provides field support to all NPI/GPI inspectors.

NPI and GPI home inspectors have the tools and knowledge to assess your home from roof to foundation. Consult with your local NPI or GPI inspector for your next home inspection.

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National Property Inspections Franchisees Welcomes Four New Franchise Owners in January

Picture2National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to announce four new franchise owners in January who will take the NPI brand to new areas:

  • James Dunlap from Anacortes, Washington, will have franchise territory covering Snohomish County in Washington.
  • Gary Hudkins of Cornelius, North Carolina, will have franchise territory covering Cabarrus and Rowan counties in North Carolina.
  • Jared Jackson from Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, will have territory covering Coeur d’ Alene and a portion of southern Spokane County in Washington.
  • Steve Stavros of Oak Harbor, Washington, will have franchise territory in Whatcom County, San Juan County, Island County, Skagit County and Snohomish County in Washington.

“Our January class is a talented, intelligent group of young men,” said Roland Bates, president of NPI. “Based on the time I spent with them and their performance during training, I feel they will work hard to get their businesses up and running, and they’ll all be very successful. These are exciting times for us as we grow our business and bring NPI franchises to new territory.”

Dunlap, Hudkins, Jackson and Stavros completed NPI’s intensive 120-hour training program this month at the National Property Inspections, Inc., headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and will undergo field training with experienced NPI franchise owners in their regions as they study for their national and state licensing exams.

For information about franchising with NPI or GPI, visit http://www.npifranchise.com in the United States, or http://www.gpifranchise.com in Canada.

 

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Franchise Business Review Names National Property Inspections, Inc., a Top Franchise of 2015

Picture2National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is pleased to be included in Franchise Business Review’s Top Franchises 2015 report. The report ranks the best franchises based on franchisee satisfaction. Franchise Business Review’s research looked at survey feedback from current NPI and GPI franchise owners and determined that NPI/GPI was the No. 1 home inspection franchise surveyed.

In February 2014, National Property Inspections, Inc., commissioned an independent franchisee satisfaction survey conducted by Franchise Business Review. NPI/GPI outperformed competitors in the industry and showed high franchisee satisfaction, making NPI/GPI a four-star franchisor. Some of the highlights of the survey include the following:

  • Over 96 percent of respondents rated NPI/GPI’s training program above average.
  • Over 89 percent of respondents rated NPIGPI’s marketing and promotional programs above average.
  • Over 97 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that they trust and respect NPI/GPI as a franchisor.
  • Over 98 percent of respondents agreed or strongly agreed that NPI/GPI operates with a high level of honesty and integrity.
  • Over 93 percent of respondents said that NPI/GPI cares about their success.
  • Over 96 percent of respondents said that they enjoy operating an NPI/GPI franchise.
  • Over 90 percent of respondents said they have a positive attitude about their affiliation with NPI/GPI.
  • Nearly 94 percent of respondents rated their satisfaction with NPI/GPI above average.
  • Over 93 percent of respondents said they would recommend an NPI/GPI franchise to others.

As a top franchisor, NPI/GPI offers low-cost franchises for less than $35,000 in the United States and Canada, with a 10 percent discount on the initial franchise fee for military veterans.

To learn more about NPI/GPI franchise opportunities, visit http://npifranchise.com/ in the United States or http://gpifranchise.com/ in Canada. To access the Franchise Business Review Top Franchises 2015 report visit http://www.franchisebusinessreview.com/franchise-reports/top-franchises-2015/.

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National Property Inspections Welcomes New Franchise Owners in December

National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is excited to announce two new franchise owners who will take the NPI brand to new areas.

Rich Segal is from Plantsville, Connecticut, and his franchise territory will cover Hartford, Haven and Middlesex counties in Connecticut. Ray Vetrano is from Ossining, New York, and his franchise territory will cover Westchester County in New York. Segal and Vetrano completed NPI’s rigorous training academy and are now working toward their state licenses.

Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc., said, “We had a great class in December and we wish Ray and Rich the very best as they work to get their state licenses and start their franchises. They are bringing NPI to new areas, and that’s a great thing.”

Segal and Vetrano completed the 120-hour intensive training program in December 2014 at the National Property Inspections, Inc., headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and are now undergoing field training with experienced NPI franchise owners in their regions and studying for their state licensing exams.

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A Better Inspection for Your Dream Home

Couple in house + inspection reportAfter carefully searching for just the right home, you’ve found one that fits the bill — your dream home. You’re excited about the move, but also a little unsure. How can you be certain that you’re making the right decision?

One way is to have the home inspected by a professional home inspector. This will help you understand the condition of the property and avoid unwanted surprises. When looking for an inspector, seek someone has experience, and ask them about their training and background. They should be professionally trained, and they should be certified or licensed where applicable. (Not all states and provinces require certification/licensure.) The inspector should be able to answer your basic questions, such as whether they are insured and bonded.

Keep in mind that a home inspection is a comprehensive visual assessment of the home and all of its systems and components at the time of the inspection. But not all home inspections are created equally.

Why Our Inspectors Are Better
Founded in 1987, NPI and GPI are proud to be among the oldest and most widely respected names in the home inspection industry. Our professionals have assessed more than 2 million properties in the United States and Canada, focusing on detailed, quality inspections and customer service.

NPI and GPI inspectors attend an intensive two-week training course at our home office in Omaha, Nebraska, and then they attend about 80 hours of field training with another NPI/GPI inspector. Keep in mind, too, that our inspectors are backed by a national company, and they have tech support available seven days a week from our home office should they have a question about something on your home.

The NPI and GPI Home Inspection
For your peace of mind, it’s important to understand everything possible about the home you are about to purchase. NPI and GPI inspections are designed to meet strict industry standards (such as ASHI and InterNACHI) and cover the home from roof to foundation:

  • Lots and grounds, including grading, walks and driveway
  • Roof
  • Exterior surfaces and siding
  • Garage (attached or detached)
  • Attic and insulation
  • Bathrooms
  • Electrical system
  • Lighting control systems
  • Fireplace(s)
  • Kitchen
  • Structural components
  • Heating system
  • Air conditioning
  • Plumbing system and fixtures
  • Windows and doors
  • Interior rooms
  • Basement/crawl space

You may attend your entire home inspection or just the summary at the end. Your NPI or GPI inspector will provide you with a written inspection report that gives you a complete and accurate account of your home’s condition. The easy-to-read inspection summary and report lay out information for your use today and in the future.

Life is full of surprises, but that shouldn’t include the new home you’re purchasing. A home inspection will set your mind at ease. A home inspection by NPI or GPI is a cut above the rest.

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NPI/GPI Franchise Owners Win Big at 2014 Annual Conference

Thirty-nine awards were given to top performers

NPI/GPI President's Club Winners

NPI/GPI President’s Club Winners

National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, gave awards to 39 franchise owners who are top performers in four categories: the Platinum Award, the President’s Club, the Pinnacle Award and the Rising Star Award.

The awards banquet was held during the 2014 NPI/GPI Annual Conference in downtown Omaha, Nebraska, Nov. 14 and 15. Franchisees from across the United States and Canada attended, as well as their spouses and employees.

The awards are based on three main criteria:

  1. Reported earnings and percentage of growth from the previous year
  2. Size and location of franchise market
  3. Length of time the franchise has been in operation

“These awards are our way of recognizing our top performers in various markets,” said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. “The awards also add a special touch to our annual conference; everyone looks forward to the banquet dinner and awards ceremony.”

The following NPI and GPI franchise owners won Platinum Awards: Steve Anderson, Goodyear, Arizona; John Braddock, Castle Rock, Colorado; Mark Crowley, Bettendorf, Iowa; Brett Freebody, Westbury, New York; Andy Hasler, Camarillo, California; Steve Mangekian, Merrimack, New Hampshire; Bob McDonough, Atlanta, Georgia; Charlie Panellino, Smithtown, New York; and David Riley, Savannah, Georgia.

The following franchise owners were the recipients of the NPI/GPI President’s Club Award: Rich Buhrman, Hedgesville, West Virginia; James Childre, Stuart, Florida; George Gabbert, Pueblo, Colorado; Ron Griffith,

Clinton, Connecticut; Jim Giuffre, Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina; Terry Haynie, Indian Springs, Ohio; Eldon Holliday, Olive Branch, Mississippi; Greg Mathias, Lloydminster, Alberta; Gerry Millen, Regina, Saskatchewan; Stephan Quigley, Forest Hill, Maryland; Ron Schenck, Kennewick, Washington; Matt Tracy, Doylestown, Pennsylvania; and Rodney Twyford, San Antonio, Texas.

Recipients of the NPI/GPI Pinnacle Award were the following franchise owners: Jason Bancroft, Gilbertsville, Pennsylvania; Tim Brown, Grand Forks, North Dakota; Lawrence Englehart, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; George Gould, St. Charles, Missouri; Wes Grant, Indian Trail, North Carolina; Stephen Gregory, Floyd, Virginia; Mike Hogan, Hammonds Plains, Nova Scotia; Ed Lannon, Miramar Beach, Florida; Tony Marino, St. Petersburg, Florida; Chris Marshall, Doylestown, Pennsylvania; Todd Newhook, Markham, Ontario; Steve Thomas, Yorktown, Virginia; Fred Tonte, Wesley Chapel, Florida; Tom Trotter, Troy, Ohio; and Doug Versaw, Golden, Colorado.

NPI franchise owners Ed Fillpot, Round Rock, Texas, and Brian Nygaard, Sartell, Minnesota, received Rising Star Awards as top performers in their first year of business.

National Property Inspections, Inc., extends congratulations to all of its award winners. “These franchise owners have worked extremely hard to become our top performers,” Bates said, “and we appreciate their dedication to NPI and GPI. Congratulations to all of them.”

For information about franchising with NPI or GPI, visit http://www.npifranchise.com or http://www.gpifranchise.com.

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Learn More About NPI and GPI

Roland_101614This month, NPI/GPI president and founder Roland Bates spoke with Franchise Business Review about NPI/GPI, our services, the property inspection business, and why NPI/GPI is a leader in the property inspection franchise business. This is a great opportunity to learn more about National Property Inspections and Global Property InspectionsClick here to listen to the podcast interview.

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National Property Inspections, Inc., Welcomes New Franchise Owners

Picture2We’re excited to announce several new franchise owners who will take the National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections brands to new areas:

  • Stephen Ballasy is from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, and will have territory covering Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
  • Mike and Whitney Hyma from Twin Lake, Michigan, will operate their business in Muskegon County, Michigan.
  • Dale and Tiffany Senkow of Warman, Saskatchewan, will have territory in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, in Canada.
  • Jim Vaughn from Cape Coral, Florida, will operate in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Lee County in Florida.
  • David Whaley from Denton, Maryland is taking over a franchise that operates in Caroline, Dorchester, Queen Anne’s and Talbot Counties in Maryland.

“We had a great class in September and we wish all of these new franchisees the very best as they start their businesses,” said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. “They are helping us grow by bringing National Property Inspections and Global Property Inspections to new areas. Everyone in this class is sharp and capable and we look forward to working with them.”

The new franchisees completed the 120-hour intensive training program in September 2014 at the National Property Inspections, Inc., headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and are now undergoing up to 80 hours of field training with experienced NPI franchise owners in their regions.

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National Property Inspections Welcomes New Franchise Owners in August

National Property Inspections is pleased to announce two new franchise owners who will take the company’s brand to new areas:

  • Logan Godkin is from Livermore, California, and his territory will cover Livermore and part of Alameda County.
  • Wayne Merrill is from Washington, Utah, and his territory will cover Washington County in southwest Utah.

Each of these new business owners completed the 120-hour intensive training program in July 2014 at the National Property Inspections, Inc., headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and is now undergoing field training with another NPI business owner.

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NPI and GPI Welcome Four New Franchise Owners in July

Picture2National Property Inspections, Inc., parent company of National Property Inspections in the United States and Global Property Inspections in Canada, is excited to announce four new business owners who will take the company’s brand to new areas:

  • Russ Leap is from Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania, and his franchise territory will cover Fayette and Somerset Counties in south central Pennsylvania.
  • Jon McCreath hails from Acworth, Georgia, with franchise territory covering Bartow, Cherokee and Paulding counties northwest of Atlanta.
  • Dragan Milanovic is from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and his franchise territory will cover Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
  • Doug Stoner is from Lititz, Pennsylvania, with franchise territory covering Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

“We’re thrilled to have these new franchisees on board with NPI and GPI,” said Roland Bates, president of National Property Inspections, Inc. “Each of these business owners has worked very hard to make his dream of owning his own business a reality, and we will be with them every step of the way as they build their businesses.”

Each of these new business owners completed the 120-hour intensive training program in July 2014 at the National Property Inspections, Inc., headquarters in Omaha, Nebraska, and is now undergoing field training with another NPI/GPI business owner.

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