Successful small business owners juggle customers, employees, finances, and schedules. With so much to do, going green can fall by the wayside, especially since it involves spending money to save money. But savvy entrepreneurs embrace the long-term benefits of reducing their overall carbon footprint.
Boggs Inspection Services is a Puget Sound hub for commercial and residential inspection. Whether looking for a buyer or seller inspection around the sale of your home or a warranty inspection before purchasing newly built property, Dwayne Boggs and his team are at your service. They even offer water quality and pest inspection services to keep your investment safe for years to come.
At Boggs Inspection Services, they’ve gone completely paperless. Dwayne Boggs explains that “from booking your appointment to receiving the report, it can all be done electronically without one piece of paper being used. Our reports are done via industry software and any extra forms we may need we make into PDFs and send via email. We are completely paperless.”
In-depth, qualitative inspection reports are—let’s be honest—typically long and dry. According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, “Generally speaking, reports should describe the major home systems, their crucial components, and their operability, especially the ones in which failure can result in dangerous or expensive-to-correct conditions. Defects should be adequately described, and the report should include recommendations.” The extensive, and useful, information included makes the report, on average, 30 to 60 pages long.
Office manager Heather Rowell estimates that before these changes, each inspection client would be presented with a final inspection binder costing just over $9 to make and stuffed full of printed paper. By automating the process, the company eliminates the binders, paper and ink used, saving trees as well as $1100 to $1200 each month.
Another upside of this change is that both inspection staff and clients can access these reports years later without having to locate a bulky, often misplaced folder. Commonly needed disclaimers and explanatory forms are laminated and reused as needed by the team of inspectors.
Outside the office, inspectors spend a large portion of their week behind the wheel, traveling from home to home, inspection to inspection. To minimize both cost and environmental impact, the Boggs team drives six eco-friendly, hybrid Toyota Prius. “To a point, you are always looking at the bottom line,” explains Dwayne of his choice to purchase the Prius fleet. “But I also thought it would be a different vehicle than what most inspectors drive and help us stand out a little,” says Boggs. “It’s a little different to drive and some of the guys did not like the look at first but now they have come to love the cars.” The cost savings at the pump coupled with the reduction in emissions as the inspectors travel the length and breadth of I-5 is win-win.
The inspiration for the Prius fleet struck in 2013. “I read an article about the Prius and how much room they had for storage and thought, ‘This would be a great vehicle for my business.’ I love green products and the gas mileage is a definite plus.”
Turns out that mileage alone is a huge savings. Inspectors typically put 15,000 miles on their work car each year. With a range of 400 miles per tank over the typical gas engine’s 200-250, time—and money—spent at the gas station has dropped dramatically.
These changes are paying off. Boggs says clients and employees love the changes. And they’re not alone. In the Small Business Sustainability Report on growing green business practices, it’s reported that nearly 50% of small business owners found reducing paper or going electronic were the best bets for saving money.
But it’s more than just a financial benefit. This good stewardship makes for a smoother workflow, more streamlined inspection and happier employees. “I have two past clients working for me,” Boggs laughs. “That says a lot about my company!”
Moving is stressful enough, especially if it hinges on a successful home inspection. Let Dwayne Boggs and his team help you tackle simple household fixes and buy or sell knowing the property is safe for years to come. Check out suggested these routine maintenance steps to keep things worry-free year-round.
Schedule your inspection by calling 360-480-9602 or filling out their online contact sheet. Don’t be afraid to ask any and all questions, they’ve heard some horror stories over the years and can tackle it all.