For recession-weary job seekers or other people ready for a career change, here’s a hint: There has always been a shortage of skilled basement waterproofing contractors. The best in the business often have long waiting lists following a rain storm. This leaves millions of homeowners nationwide searching for someone who might help repair leaky concrete cracks and drain tile problems. When it rains it pours dollars for those unemployed workers who take to heart that old adage, go where the money is.
But don’t take my word for it. Begin by taking a casual survey of friends, family, business acquaintances and neighbors. Ask each of them if they believe they might benefit from a basement inspection. If they ask why, simply say that most homes have indoor air quality problems they are not even aware of; contamination by invisible radon gas or airborne mold spores are the cause of a long list of chronic respiratory heath issues. The solution is to rid that damp, dark basement of moisture.
Now don’t be surprised if one or two debate you. Every neighborhood has a couple know-it-alls. So if anyone doubts the veracity of your information, or they insist that all basements have a little water, ask this question: Where does 50 percent of the air we breathe in our homes originate?
They won’t know the answer. Only trained basement waterproofing contractors and crawl space sealing and installation professionals have this information. Don’t toy with them, and don’t be smug. But before you give the correct answer you might add, “By any chance is someone in your home suffering from nasal and sinus congestion, coughing, wheezing, sore throat, headaches, fatigue or eye irritation? Oh, and do you have musty odors in the basement?”
You may think I’m training you to be a physician, not a basement waterproofing expert. I’m pushing the issue because most homeowners do not understand how critical a dry basement is to their health and safety. Also, if you provide something valuable that is free, these people might begin to trust you. After all, would you kick someone out of your basement if he could actually help you fix a water seepage or smelly odor problem? No. And neither will your friends and neighbors, because suddenly you’re an expert. You know a little more than they know. And your information could be enormously helpful.
By the way, the correct answer to my question is the basement, where critters and insects and natural but poisonous gases like radon enter the home.
Now if you’ve done a good job with your survey, you might get a few requests to fix basements. Your first jobs in a new field! There is just one problem. Do you know how to waterproof a basement?
No problem. I can teach you how. Browse around this website, watch free study course videos and explore our basement waterproofing training opportunities. Learning this task should not be a great challenge for people already in the trades. After you have completed your education, which won’t take long, grab a foundation crack repair starter kit and before you know it, you’ll have money in your pocket.
If you have done a good job, don’t be surprised if friends, family, business acquaintances and neighbors give your name to their friends. In fact, ask them to do so – it’s free marketing.
Keep improving your sales skills, and you’ll have more work than you’ll know what to do with. Remember, there is a shortage of basement waterproofing contractors nationwide. Go where the money is and claim your piece of the market.