Whether you’re just getting started as a home inspector or you’ve been in the home inspection industry for years, you likely find yourself facing a common problem. You’re juggling performing inspections, writing reports, marketing, and running your business, and there just don’t seem to be enough hours in the day to do it all. On top of all that, while you’re busy with daily tasks – many of which require your absolute concentration – the phone keeps ringing.
Many of these calls are from potential clients who want to book an appointment with you, and you know very well that there’s a good chance that they’ll quickly move on to the next home inspector on their list if you don’t pick up or call them back within minutes – but you’ve got a buyer and perhaps even an agent in front of you right now, and you can’t afford to appear unprofessional by taking that call.
Luckily, you’ve got a simple and affordable way to address this problem: You can use an online scheduler like HomeGauge’s ScheduleNow, which lets buyers, homeowners, and real estate agents do what they want to do already – conveniently book an appointment with you from their computer or mobile device at any time of the day (or night).
ScheduleNow is our answer to your online scheduling needs, and it’s currently available for FREE TO ALL single- and multi-inspector companies with a HomeGauge subscription or HomeGauge software and services.
In this article, we’ll look at the benefits for home inspectors of using an online scheduling tool, and why ScheduleNow is the exact solution you need to increase your business – without costing you an additional cent!
What is an online scheduler?
An online scheduler is a tool that allows your clients to book appointments with you using a device with internet access. It should be accessible via a personalized link that you can include on your marketing materials, social media, in emails, and in your email signature, and you should be able to embed it in your website. The best online schedulers will be managed to minimize the amount of administrative work you need to put in and will integrate seamlessly with your Google or Microsoft Outlook calendar and your home inspection software.
Why do home inspectors need an online scheduler?
As a home inspector, you know what it’s like to be busy; even inspectors-to-be are always hard at work growing their business. A tool like an online scheduler that’s going to help you save precious time while simultaneously getting you more inspections is absolutely invaluable. Here are just a few of the benefits of an online scheduler for home inspectors.
Get business in your sleep
Online schedulers are available around the clock, making life a whole lot easier for both you and your clients. Studies have shown that 40% of customers book appointments outside of typical business hours. Not only that, but 90% prefer to book online, and 25% of millennials will only book online. ScheduleNow is accessible 24/7 and is mobile-friendly, meaning that it can be used by 100% of your customers at whatever time and in whatever way is most convenient for them. And since you set your availability in advance and your buyers and real estate agents enter all their own information, you don’t have to wait by the phone or rush to answer voicemails before your potential clients move on to other inspectors.
Make scheduling easier for everyone – including yourself
Since an online scheduler can be linked to from anywhere, including your website, it’s simple for customers to book inspections as soon as they see your personalized link on your business card or other marketing materials, in your email signature, or the moment they visit your website or otherwise find you on the web. Real estate agents can even book multiple appointments with you during a single session when you use ScheduleNow! Quit dealing with paper – receive and manage inspections online, the way your buyers and agents prefer.
Book more inspections
If you had any questions about the value of online scheduling, we bet you won’t after you read this: A survey of 18,000 small businesses reveals that nearly 50% of them grew their business when they started using an online scheduling tool like ScheduleNow.
The benefits of an online scheduling tool designed specifically for home inspectors are clear. Want to learn even more about the perks of using ScheduleNow? Just keep reading!
Yes, seriously. As long as you have a new or existing HomeGauge subscription or software and services, ScheduleNow is included. There’s no longer any need for you to shell out additional cash to pay for an online scheduling service. HomeGauge has you covered.
Everything you need is in one place
Stay organized and stop synchronizing appointments between tools. When you use ScheduleNow, all of your inspection details are in one place, from the appointment details to the agreements and the report. What is more, ScheduleNow is deeply integrated with your Google or Microsoft Outlook calendar.
Your customers will love it
You can still use our Request Appointment feature if you’d like, but your buyers and agents will appreciate the ease of scheduling online with ScheduleNow, which allows them to select the time slot that works best for their inspection without any back and forth.
It can be embedded in in your website
ScheduleNow is available 24/7 via personalized link, and you can also embed it in your website. This means anyone who visits your site will be able to effortlessly schedule an appointment with you or a member of your team.
If you have a website built by HomeGauge, simply contact our Web Team, and they will embed ScheduleNow for you.
Set-up is a cinch
It doesn’t take long to add your time slots and start taking appointments with ScheduleNow, which minimizes your administration needs. We’ve explained all you need to know about how to configure and use ScheduleNow right here, and there’s even a video to walk you through the steps!
At HomeGauge, we believe that your success is our success. This is why we built – and will continue adding new features to – ScheduleNow based on feedback from inspectors just like you who want the most streamlined, beneficial way to gain more business with one-stop, integrated online scheduling. The wait is over – start using ScheduleNow today.