Spectora Spotlight with Kevin Wagstaff

Spectora Spotlight with Kevin Wagstaff

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Home inspection & real estate trends, tips and tools to help the modern home inspector grow and run a successful business. Learn more about Spectora at https://www.spectora.com


What’s Interesting in the Home Inspection Industry w/ Mike Wagstaff
Oct 20 • 57 min
For our 50th episode, I was able to snag my brother and co-founder Mike to talk shop! We each threw out a few current events and topics that are interesting to us and sure to impact you and the industry in 2021. Hope you enjoy! If you’re enjoying these…
Donuts > Certifications - John Battaglia
Oct 13 • 58 min
Do you think you’re the greatest inspector that ever lived? Then this episode is for you. John wasn’t sure if he even wanted to be a multi-inspector company. Then he kinda just turned into one! Now his growth is continuing and he’s picking up a ton of…
To Grow or Not to Grow - Efficiency and Staying Lean - Zac Knoblauch
Sep 28 • 66 min
Zac could be a multi-inspector firm already. He’s just not sure if that’s what he wants. And that’s ok. Zac is part of a new wave of inspectors that are in their first 5 years and growing nicely. He is efficient and knows the “time is money” saying is…
Negative Reviews, Prices & Supply/Demand of Inspectors - Allen Dicharry
Sep 9 • 67 min
We’re mixing things up for Episode 47! We have Allen Dicharry back on to shoot the shit with me about what we think is interesting. I don’t have a clever name yet on what to call this series….Water Cooler Talk? The Random Episodes? Fireside Chats? Either…
Falling Off Roofs & Raising Prices - KC Bartley
Aug 11 • 79 min
I’ve never had an interaction with KC that didn’t leave me energized and happy. He is just a ball of positivity and I love it. KC is a Spectora OG and has some great stories and conviction in who he is, and what his company stands for. With one of the…
Inside the Mind of a COO of a 70 Inspector Company - Damon Durham
Aug 4 • 63 min
Damon is a humble man. He is the COO of the largest inspection company in the country and he speaks so casually about very difficult things. Damon is somewhat from outside the home inspection industry - that’s why he intrigued me. He has a fresh…
What nurses, restaurants, and photo booths have to do with home inspections - Allen Dicharry
Jul 29 • 85 min
Allen is wise beyond his home inspection years. My guess is it has something to do with his previous careers in nursing, ministry, home flipping and owning a photo booth rental service. This was such a fun and refreshing conversation. Allen is only in…
Understanding Your Buyer’s & Agent’s Perspectives - Gary Dahl
Jul 24 • 54 min
Gary Dahl may be new to home inspections but he’s not new to walking people through complex technical situations. Gary has a perspective I like capturing - of the new home inspector that has experience from previous careers. It’s a particular set of…
Obsess Over Being a Clear Communicator + Automated Upsells: Adam Pontier
May 14 • 66 min
Adam Pontier of KC Property Experts is a refreshing guy to talk to. He is an everyday guy that just seems to do what’s practical. And he’s winning in the Kansas City area. We get into his backstory and how we jumpstarted his growth years ago with clear…
Using Call Centers to Make Life Easier: 2 Inspector’s Experience Using ACC
Apr 9 • 56 min
The decision to use a call center (with Spectora Advanced of course ;)) seems like a tough one until you hear stories from Bryan and Nick. I randomly chose a couple of our users that also use ACC to see what their mindset was before using a call center…
Free Money: Government Programs to Help Home Inspectors
Apr 1 • 13 min
I’ll skip the part about unprecedented times and get right to it: There are a number of programs the government has rolled out this past week to help small businesses of all kinds. And the normal restrictions have been dropped so that means home…
How One of the Largest Companies in the Country is Handling the Slowdown - Rob Lemoine
Mar 27 • 46 min
I caught up with Rob Lemoine for 2 reasons: 1) I just enjoy him as a person and think he is a great leader in our industry and 2) To see how one of the largest companies and top minds in the home inspection industry is thinking about this economic…
Contraction vs. Expansion - Why You Will Lose Following the Masses - Dirk Van Reenen
Mar 19 • 66 min
We recorded this episode on Wednesday and put it up on YouTube that afternoon and the podcast on Thursday. With the news flowing in at such a rapid rate and our world and economy changing before our eyes, we just wanted to get the conversation out there…
The Quest to Change How Homebuyers “Own” Their Homes - Jack Huntress
Mar 13 • 60 min
One thing I’ve learned about Jack Huntress, CEO of HomeBinder, is that he is hungry. He brings the energy and is laser-focused on HomeBinder becoming a massive success. He is an experienced businessman that is investing deeply into this industry. This fun…
Growth Mindset and Focusing on What Really Matters - Sheehan Thomson, Part 2 of 2
Jan 24 • 90 min
This is part 2 of our interview with Sheehan Thomson of Blipp Reviews and Onsite Home Inspections. We go into handing reviews, customers, efficiency, how home inspectors focus on things that don’t really matter and many more ways home inspectors can…
Coming From Nothing to Running Multiple Businesses - Sheehan Thomson, Part 1 of 2
Jan 23 • 56 min
Sheehan, owner of Blipp Reviews and Onsite home inspections has an inspirational story that we all can be humbled by hearing. And for those of you that have come from less than ideal circumstances, then you’ll really like part 1 of this 2 part interview!…
Giving the People What They Want! - Christian Adams | RepairPricer
Jan 16 • 51 min
We’ve spoken to Christian a couple times over the years and we’ve always liked his no-nonsense approach to business. He’s a straight shooter with a great product and that’s why we’re integrating with his company, Repair Pricer. Christian has the…
Killing People With Kindness: Kari Cheek
Dec 31, 2019 • 76 min
Kari Cheek grew up with 4 brothers so it’s never been out of the ordinary for her to try anything and be comfortable in her own skin. The owner of Rosie Home Inspections is a breath of fresh air in our industry. She has grown her business the right way,…
Procrastinating on Purpose and Expensive = Good! - Tim Wojnar
Nov 27, 2019 • 75 min
Tim Wojnar has taken the leap to becoming a multi-inspector company and it wasn’t an easy one. He grinded out working nights and weekends and made some mistakes along the way. As a former engineer, Tim takes a very pragmatic approach to growing the…
How Open Houses & Confidence Built My Business: Mel Edwards
Nov 12, 2019 • 60 min
Mel Edwards just went to where the agents were to grow his business - open houses. When he wasn’t teaching or coaching middle school football, he spent his early time dropping by open houses, chatting up agents and getting business cards. This has served…
Creating Your Own Luck as a New Home Inspector | Kevin Ninnis
Oct 28, 2019 • 62 min
Sometimes a business can grow from pure luck and random interactions. Sometimes it’s from your own attitude towards people. For Kevin Ninnis, it was all the above. Kevin is a brand new home inspector. He happened to know a Realtor that happened to show…
Genuinely Giving a $&#% & What’s Important to Agents: Andrew Sams & Richie Averill
Sep 5, 2019 • 69 min
Andrew Sams holds a special place in our hearts. We met him at a coffee shop about 3 years ago and told him our vision for Spectora. He told us his vision for Alpine Building Performance. Both are off to a good start. Andrew is in this business for the…
Are You Treadmill Guy? How to Not Become a Hostage to Your Business - Chuck Blakeman
Aug 22, 2019 • 60 min
Chuck Blakeman’s resume speaks for itself. He isn’t a home inspector (although he has worked with some) and that is exactly why we should all listen to him. He’s seen hundreds of different types of businesses and consulted on more. I am most of the way…
This Ain’t Fishing, It’s Farming! - Reuben Saltzman
Aug 19, 2019 • 63 min
I knew this would be the title as soon as he said it. It’s perfect and sums up exactly how he views his blogging and content marketing efforts. And boy has it paid off. Reuben Saltzman runs a 30-person inspection company up in Minnesota, Structure Tech.…
How This Ex-Marine is Building an Empire: John Robinson
Aug 8, 2019 • 92 min
John Robinson is all about family and working until the mission is complete. We met John at the ASHI conference in his hometown of San Diego, CA. He was quiet but fun and energetic. He is now a Spectorian and (we don’t pay him by the way) he’ll tell you…
How to Handle Customer Complaints and Lawsuits: Joe Ferry
Jun 6, 2019 • 64 min
Joe Ferry is a staple in our industry. He’s seen it all when it comes to customer complaints and lawsuits. We jump all over the place but we get some valuable insight into the common reasons claims come about against home inspectors, how they should be…
2019 InterNACHI Inspector Fair Preview with Moranda & Jenny J
May 29, 2019 • 42 min
Food, CE, networking, education, games, live bands, the Rocky Mountains - this year’s InterNACHI Inspector Fair is going to have it all. We thought it would be a nice primer to have Moranda and Jenny from InterNACHI on the show, since they both have a…
If you’re not good at something, that’s now your favorite thing to do: Stephen Whittington
May 22, 2019 • 65 min
Stephen Whittington is in the sweet spot of home inspectors. He’s had enough life experience to have some wisdom and focus on what’s important, and still young and nimble enough to keep up with trends. He’s served in the Navy, done property management and…
Don’t Be Manipulated By Other’s Emotions! - Bullet Tromblay
May 15, 2019 • 68 min
Bullet Tromblay enjoys life. Not because he does more inspections or has more money, but because of his perspective. He brings an unparalleled optimism and energy to everything he does, from the copper mine to his family to home inspections. It’s no…
Franchises: What Every Solo Inspector Should Be Thinking About - Brandon Paternoster
Apr 10, 2019 • 43 min
Brandon is one of the nicest, energetic inspectors we’ve ever met. Well, he’s not quite an inspector anymore. He’s the Director of Franchise Development for HouseCall USA. HouseCall is growing in the south and Great Lakes region and looks to be gaining…
Scott Knudson: Work/Life Balance and How to Start From Scratch in a New City
Mar 27, 2019 • 84 min
It was great to finally get Scott on the podcast because he has been through the highs and lows with Spectora. He was a very early adopter of the software and has had great benefits and also experienced early growing pains. Regardless, we’ve enjoyed…
How to Think Big, Diversify Revenue & Grow Like Crazy: Drew White
Mar 6, 2019 • 44 min
Drew White is a special breed. That’s probably because he was Army Special Forces. Or maybe it’s his finance background or growing up in family where he learned sales. Either way, Drew thinks BIG. So big that he’s made AmPro Inspections out of Colorado…
Diversifying Revenue Streams Without Selling Your Soul: AJ Vogler
Feb 27, 2019 • 48 min
I know what you’re thinking. Alarm systems are sexy. In all seriousness, Secure 24 has been one of the easiest partnerships because they are just so easy to work with and seem to hire good people. That’s why we wanted to have AJ on - to talk about how…
1 to 50 Inspections a Month…in 2 Months: How Grant Waller Uses Technology to Grow & Adapt
Feb 20, 2019 • 77 min
You would think Grant Waller doesn’t sleep with how high energy he is. But he sleeps like a baby. That’s because he is doing what he loves. He lives and breathes this industry and his growth story shows it. We go all over the place from his early growth…
Succeeding in a 3rd Career and Putting Quality into Everything You Do - Bill Haughery
Feb 13, 2019 • 53 min
Bill is not on the podcast because he sends our team chocolates and Starbucks gift cards (although it doesn’t hurt). Bill is one of the kindest home inspectors you’ll find. We had the pleasure of meeting him at the ASHI conference and seeing him connect…
The Future of Home Inspections are $%*&@&: Farren West
Feb 6, 2019 • 78 min
Everyone should meet Farren West. He has become a friend of mine over the last year so this was a fun interview. He has so much energy and a passion for life that bleeds into everything he does. He’s a genuine guy that really does like helping people. His…
Valuing Your Time and What Success Means to You: Tweit Wickman
Jan 31, 2019 • 72 min
Tweit has seen the light. He is on a mission to become a better leader for his team. Tweit is as sharp of a businessman and inspector as they come and he couldn’t be a nicer guy. He’s built Dream Protection Home Inspection to a very respectable…
George Scott: Working With Family, Using Technology, & 1 HUGE Tip Every Inspector Should Do - Part 2 of 2
Dec 26, 2018 • 50 min
This is part 2 of George Scott of Scott Home Inspections, based out of Berthoud, CO. We continue on talking about working with and hiring family, where he gets his marketing knowledge, how they use technology and how their home inspection company…
George Scott: 3 Keys That Helped Him Grow to 17 Employees - Part 1 of 2
Dec 19, 2018 • 44 min
George Scott of Scott Home Inspection gets great satisfaction from helping people. He is always thinking about how to improve process, communication, technology and relationships. This is essential when you’re a home inspection company of 17 people. As…
Limiting Liability With Reports & Dealing With Cheap Charlies: Melissa Coon
Dec 5, 2018 • 74 min
We were lucky to have Melissa Coon of the Inspection Connection in Guthrie, OK on the podcast. She is a very sharp businesswoman, home inspector and also serves on the home inspection examiner’s committee so she sees her fair share of reports that receive…
Daylan Whitney: Be the Inspector That Says Yes
Nov 28, 2018 • 94 min
Daylan Whitney is owner of Sentry Inspecting out of Cottonwood, Arizona. He also happens to be one of the fastest growing new inspection companies in the country so he knows a thing or two about making a splash. This was a blast of an interview not only…
Dave Metzler: How to Grow Your Home Inspection Business to 10+ Inspectors
Nov 21, 2018 • 59 min
We were lucky enough to catch up with Dave Metzler of Tiger Home & Building Inspections while he was down in Denver to do our first LIVE episode of Spectora Spotlight at the Spectora offices. Based in Dillon, CO and servicing the entire Western Slope of…
Bert Leffel: Sales Ideas & What Inspectors Should Consider With Angie’s List & HomeAdvisor
Nov 14, 2018 • 41 min
Bert Leffel is the national sales director for Residential Warranty Services (or Inspector Services Group as some know them). He previously was the national sales manager for Angie’s List where he helped grow the business tremendously. He gives some sales…
Joey Donofrio Part 2: Multi-Inspector Problems and Solutions
Nov 7, 2018 • 37 min
Joey Donofrio of Donofrio & Associates has one of the quickest and most impressive growth stories in the home inspection industry. He has grow from 3 inspectors to 16 in just 3 years. Yes, 3 years. This gives him fresh insight into the journey, what…
Joey Donofrio: The Grant Cardone of Home Inspections Kicks Knowledge
Nov 7, 2018 • 45 min
We welcomed Joey Donofrio of Donofrio & Associates back because this guy knows how to motivate people. He has such a zest for life and drive to grow and succeed that I think all inspectors can learn from. He has grown his company through emotional…
TREC, Cupcakes, Mustaches and the 3-year Rule - John Vaden Interview
Oct 31, 2018 • 63 min
John Vaden has a great mustache. That’s not the whole reason we had him on the podcast. He’s a SUPER helpful guy and wants what’s best for the industry and those that come after him. He’s also a board member of TPREIA. He openly will help anyone that…
From a Top Agent: How Inspectors Can Win Over More Agents - Amy Kissinger Interview
Oct 24, 2018 • 50 min
This week we speak with a top Denver Realtor, Amy Kissinger of Urban Luxe Real Estate. We her perspective on the local and national real estate markets, where they’re headed and how buyers and sellers should react. We also talk about how home inspectors…
Agent Presentations & Helping Other Home Inspectors | Joe Billings
Oct 17, 2018 • 39 min
This week we chat with Joe Billings of Billings Home Inspections out of West Palm Beach, Florida. We chat about the evolution of his company, agent presentations, getting creative with pricing, new inspector mistakes, his take on the state of the home…
Jamie Ward: Is answering your own phone hurting your company?
Oct 10, 2018 • 50 min
This week on Spectora Spotlight we are joined by Jamie Ward, owner of Simple Solutions Call Center. We had a great conversation and covered a number of topics that home inspectors at any stage might be interested in, such as: Common mistakes inspectors…
Glenn Fricke on the Real Estate Bubble and Knowing Your Place as a Home Inspector
Sep 19, 2018 • 66 min
This week we chat with Glenn Fricke of DG Inspekts, a multi-inspector company in Tampa Bay, Florida. I like Glenn (not only because he’s a long-time Spectora user) because he is a very sharp, well-read businessman that seems to understand the perspective…
Joy Hawkins: SEO Expert Talks Google Updates & SEO Best Practices
Sep 12, 2018 • 53 min
We are fortunate to be joined on Spectora Spotlight by Joy Hawkins, owner/founder of Sterling Sky, a prominent Local SEO Agency. Joy is a top columnist and writer for the likes of Search Engine Land and Moz, and speaks at a number of high profile SEO…
Ben Gromicko: How to be a successful home inspector
Sep 5, 2018 • 70 min
Ben Gromicko of InterNACHI updates us on what InterNACHI is up to in Florida, upcoming conferences, and what new home inspectors should be doing to set themselves apart and become successful. We also get into what he did as a home inspector to eventually…