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07 Dec 2017

Tennessee Inventory Professional Achieves Industry CIS Designation

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Jenny Cossett for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist.

Jenny CossettPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) is pleased to announce that Jenny Cossett, owner of Lighthouse Inventory Services, has recently earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation confirms knowledge to provide professional residential and small business contents inventory services.

 

To earn the CIS designation, Cossett successfully completed required courses developed by NICA, agreed to conduct business according to the asset industry Code of Ethics, and accumulated a minimum number of Continuing Education Units. She then passed the Certification Exam, which is the final step in achieving this designation.

 

Having an industry certification is not required for the contents inventory industry. However, choosing to invest in continuing education shows a desire to learn and excel as a personal property inventory professional. Earning these credentials informs clients that she has gone the extra mile to ensure that Lighthouse Inventory Services provides quality inventory services.

 

There is an increasing awareness of the necessity and benefits of having a prepared photographic and written record of one’s personal property. This knowledge and the ever-increasing busy lifestyles of homeowners and business owners alike create a growing demand for a professional inventory service provider.

 

Cossett stated, “My experience as an insurance adjuster has shown me the need for people to have an inventory of the contents in their home and business. A major loss can be extremely harmful to their financials after facing a disaster.”

Based in  Decherd, Tennessee, Lighthouse Inventory Services provides residential and business asset inventory and appraisal services. Certified, bonded, and insured, they serve clients in Tennessee – including the metropolitan areas of Chattanooga, Gatlinburg, Knoxville, and Nashville. Other states served are West Kentucky, North Georgia, and North Alabama.

30 Nov 2017

Alpharetta, Georgia Member Achieves Industry Certification

Congratulations to member Tina Taylor for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist.

Tina Taylor

PRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) is pleased to announce that Tina Taylor, owner of Home and Business Inventory Consultants has recently earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation confirms knowledge to provide quality residential and small business contents professional inventory services.

 

There is an increasing awareness of the necessity and benefits of having a prepared photographic and written record of one’s personal property. This knowledge and the ever-increasing busy lifestyles of homeowners and business owners alike create a growing demand for a professional inventory service provider.

 

To earn the CIS designation, Taylor successfully completed required courses developed by NICA, agreed to conduct business according to the asset industry Code of Ethics, and accumulated a minimum number of Continuing Education Units. She then passed the Certification Exam, which is the final step in achieving this designation.

 

Having an industry certification is not required for the contents inventory industry. Choosing to invest in continuing education shows a desire to learn and excel as a personal property inventory professional. Earning these credentials informs clients that Taylor has gone the extra mile to ensure that she provides quality inventory services.

 

Based in Alpharetta, Georgia, Home and Business Inventory Consultants is bonded and insured, providing inventory services for homeowners, renters, business owners, farms, and storage units in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. 

 

22 Nov 2017

Virginia Member Achieves CIS Designation

Congratulations to member Julie Ulrich for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist.

Julie UlrichPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) is pleased to announce that Julie Ulrich, owner of  TimeWise Inventory Services, has recently earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation confirms knowledge to provide quality residential and small business contents professional inventory services.

 

There is an increasing awareness of the necessity and benefits of having a prepared photographic and written record of one’s personal property. This knowledge and the ever-increasing busy lifestyles of homeowners and business owners alike create a growing demand for a professional inventory service provider.

 

To earn the CIS designation, Ulrich successfully completed required courses developed by NICA, agreed to conduct business according to the asset industry Code of Ethics, and accumulated a minimum number of Continuing Education Units. She then passed the Certification Exam, which is the final step in achieving this designation.

 

Having an industry certification is not required for the contents inventory industry. Choosing to invest in continuing education shows a desire to learn and excel as a personal property inventory professional. Earning these credentials informs clients that Ulrich has gone the extra mile to ensure that TimeWise Inventory Services provides quality inventory documentation for residential and business inventories.

 

Based in  Chesapeake, Virginia, Julie Ulrich, owner of TimeWise Inventory Services, offers residential and business asset inventories in Virginia and northeast North Carolina. She also provides this service for collectibles, pre-nuptials, separation of assets, and estate planning and estate settlement. 

02 Nov 2017

Marketing Ideas and Tactics Ebook Preview

Mary Gillen
Mary Gillen

Associate Member Mary Gillen‘s soon-to-be-released ebook, 367 Marketing Ideas & Tactics for Your Business, provides great tips to help you market your business. She is generously sharing some items with us this month – let’s call it a preview of her marketing knowledge and creativity. Following is just a sample of what is included in her book.

Stand Up and Market – Can’t afford to exhibit at conferences? Make the most of the question and answer periods during workshops and presentations. Stand up and ask a question, throwing in a reference about your business. Example: “As a Web Designer, I would like to know how you think the Internet and World Wide Web will impact your industry.” Make sure your question is intelligent and pertains to the matter being presented. This process can help you make more connections.

CPAs & Attorneys = Mucho Referrals – Looking for referral business? Make sure that the CPAs (Certified Public Accountants) and lawyers in your local area know that your business exists. These professionals can be a major source of referral business, as they are important influencers on how their clients spend money and conduct business. These types of professional referrals can provide you with a consistent flow of qualified business.

Try something unusual!

Sometimes, you just want to do something different – or crazy – or unique. An unusual marketing initiative might be just what you need to build your business. 

Marketing with License Plates – Many state motor vehicle departments in the US offer customers the option to purchase personalized license plates. A math tutor in Herndon, VA, bought personalized tags that read “MATH TUTR”. No matter where she goes, she receives countless inquiries about her tutoring services from folks who read her license plates. Her “license plate marketing program” sends her a steady supply of students.

Step Out of “Character” – A CPA we know always makes it a point to send his clients birthday cards. Yet he takes it one step further. He calls each client and actually SINGS the traditional HAPPY BIRTHDAY song to them on their special day. And who cares if the only singer in his family is the sewing machine? His clients love him, and he has more business than he can handle.

There are many more – actually 363 more – ideas and tactics in Mary’s book. We will let you know when it’s available to purchase.

26 Oct 2017

Dynamic Art Market Requires Regular Value Updates

Autumn Leafs by Leonid Afremov
Autumn Leafs by Leonid Afremov

Most serious fine art collectors are aware that, for insurance purposes, their scheduled pieces require regular value updates to be compliant with their chosen insurer’s coverage policy. The art market is one of the most dynamic categories of personal property, if not the most. The market (collectors of art) are continuously monitoring auction events to determine a value basis for their next acquisition attempt. A motivated buyer, in a single auction event, can spur an upward value trend of impressive scale. Likewise, a single disappointing auction event can send ripples through the market, shaking the confidence of previously excited enthusiasts.

Insurers understand sometimes rapid fluctuation in values, as well as trending values over time. For this reason, insurers require regular value updates of items that have been scheduled. An update of your fine art is typically required every 2-4 years, depending on the insurer. It is important to understand, unless a piece or the collection has significant value, the insurer is unlikely to monitor and contact you to request the value update.

However, that doesn’t get you off the hook if you have a claim. Your claim will be submitted, and it is likely to generate a requirement from your insurer to “get an appraisal to determine the current value.” Of course, if you are submitting a claim it is probably because the piece(s) are damaged, destroyed, or missing – making a value update problematic and satisfaction of your claim problematic. The answer – understand your insurer’s value update requirement and adhere.

Nugent Appraisal updates the values of hundreds of fine art items every month, typically from previous appraisals the owners have. Insurers typically allow us to utilize the descriptions and images acquired by a previous appraiser to identify items. With this reliable information, we secure the latest market data to bring the values current and satisfy the insurers’ requirement. If a previous appraisal is not available because it is lost, then you certainly can secure the images and descriptions Nugent Appraisal requires. So, the next time you – the inventory professional – are in a home that has fine art ask the question “are your fine art insurance values current so there is no concern if you must submit a claim?”

Remember, you are adding value to your service by providing your client critical information while at the same time creating an additional revenue stream for your business. You will earn $25-$50 for each fine art piece that Nugent Appraisal updates.

You’ll never walk into a home and look at art the same way again!

 

12 Oct 2017

Mundane Marketing?

Mary GillenAre you finding yourself experiencing mundane marketing? If not now, you might hit that wall someday when you just can’t think of anything new to do or say to help promote your home inventory business. Check out these tips from our web developer and Associate Member Mary Gillen. These ideas just might be the spark you’re looking for.

 

Long domain name

 

Is your domain name too long to fit on car signage? Use your Twitter handle on the sign instead to attract prospects to follow you on Twitter.  Example of a Twitter handle: @marygillen

 

Spruce up your LinkedIn profile

 

The text under your name on your LinkedIn profile is called your professional headline. Be sure to include the keyword phrases that prospects will use to discover you in this headline.

 

Videos!

 

Create YouTube videos, and keep them between 1 and 4 minutes long. The reason for the short videos is that Google tests for relevance to see if YouTube videos are watched straight through, giving more SEO credit to videos that are watched from beginning to end.

 

Have an active voice

 

When writing your marketing copy, use the active voice. It makes the message shorter and more powerful.

 

An example of Not Active copy: “The new video developed by our company can help you increase your sales.”

Compare this to an example of Active: copy: “Our new video has 17 ideas to help you increase sales.

 

These tips are just a sample of you can learn from the book, 367 Marketing Ideas & Tactics for Your Business by Mary Gillen. Download it here.
05 Oct 2017

Appraisal Examiner Certification Earned by Easley, South Carolina Member

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Randy Bagwell of Accurate Inventory for achieving the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

Randy BagwellPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) is pleased to announce that Randy Bagwell, owner of Accurate Inventory, has recently been awarded the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE). The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service.

 

The growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for contents inventory professionals to serve as Appraisal Examiners. This certification provides the education and the credentials needed to properly assist appraisers. The appraisal firms can locate and subcontract certified, qualified examiners to assist with the collection of descriptions and photos of items to be appraised. From this information provided by the inventory professional, appraisers are then able to create a certified report.

 

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these contents inventory professionals have the knowledge required to collect and then submit the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

 

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the Education Committee, consisting of NICA members, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors, determined the requirements to achieve an Appraisal Examiner Certification.

 

Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation are eligible to apply for this additional level. The inventory professional is also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective chosen from the NICA curriculum. The Appraisal Examiner course was co-written by a property appraiser to ensure integrity and provide hands-on processes for accurate collection of information.

 

Based in Easley, South Carolina, Bagwell offers residential and business asset inventory services as well as appraisal examiner services to South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.

28 Sep 2017

Working With Your Associate Members

MembershipAssociate Members of the National Inventory Certification Association have invested in their membership, just as each inventory professional has. They see the value in our industry, and the value in working with each of us. Their support of each member as well as the contents inventory industry is appreciated. Consider your needs as a home inventory professional and review the websites of those who support us and have chosen to work with NICA and all members.

Do you want an additional income stream? Nugent Appraisal!

Do you need a new or ADA compliant website? Mary Gillen!

Do you want to help save the plan and have a new service to introduce to your contacts? Renovation Angel!

Do you need or want to have legal assistance for your personal and/or business needs? LegalShield!

Are you ready to start your home inventory business or know someone who is? Nationwide Inventory Professionals!

In a previous post, Mary Gillen shared information about website ADA compliance. We value the relationship we’ve developed and her eagerness to share his knowledge. Watch for future blog posts as these Associate Members contribute.

22 Sep 2017

Wellington, Florida Member Achieves Appraisal Examiner Certification

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates member Dwight Saxon for achieving the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner.

 

Dwight SaxonPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) is pleased to announce that Dwight Saxon, owner of Saxon’s Inventory, has recently earned the designation of Certified Appraisal Examiner (CAE).

Growth of the personal property inventory industry has created an opportunity for contents inventory professionals to serve as Appraisal Examiners. The purpose of a CAE designation is to establish recognition for this specialized service. This certification provides the education and the credentials needed to properly assist appraisers.

This enables appraisal firms to locate and subcontract certified, qualified examiners to assist with the collection of descriptions and photos of items to be appraised. The appraisers are then able to create an accurate Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) compliant certified report from this information provided by the inventory professional. Additionally, the home inventory professional is able to grow their businesses through additional revenue opportunities.

When completing an inventory service for residential and commercial clients, the inventory professional is often asked if they know the value of items, or if they can refer an appraiser. The CAE designation signifies that these contents inventory professionals have the knowledge required to collect and then submit the necessary information for an appraiser to assign value. This allows for a two-way referral opportunity between these two industries.

To help ensure that the inventory service provider is prepared to serve the appraisal industry, the NICA Education Committee, consisting of NICA members, an established property appraiser, and the Association Directors, determined the requirements to achieve an Appraiser Examiner Certification.

Only those who have earned their Certified Inventory Expert (CIE) or Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) designation are eligible to apply for this additional level. The inventory professional is also required to successfully complete the Customer Service and Appraisal Examiner courses, plus an elective chosen from the NICA curriculum. The Appraisal Examiner course was co-written by a property appraiser to ensure integrity and provide hands-on processes for accurate collection of information.

Based in Wellington, Florida, Saxon’s Inventory offers residential and business asset inventory services and appraisal services to Broward, Palm Beach, Martin, and Saint Lucie Counties. 

15 Sep 2017

Delaware Inventory Professionals Achieve Certification

The National Inventory Certification Association congratulates owners of First State Inventory for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialists.

Jim Stinchecum and Vince StinchecumPRESS RELEASE – The National Inventory Certification Association (NICA) is pleased to announce that brothers Jim Stinchecum and Vince Stinchecum, owners of First State Inventory, have recently earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this designation confirms knowledge to provide quality residential and small business contents professional inventory services.

There is an increasing awareness of the necessity and benefits of having a prepared photographic and written record of one’s personal property. This knowledge and the ever-increasing busy lifestyles of homeowners and business owners alike create a growing demand for a professional inventory service provider.

To earn the CIS designation,  the Stinchecums successfully completed the required courses developed by NICA, agreed to conduct business according to the asset industry Code of Ethics, and accumulated a minimum number of Continuing Education Units. Jim and Vince then passed the Certification Exam, which is the final step in achieving the CIS designation.

Having an industry certification is not required for the contents inventory industry. Choosing to invest in  continuing education shows a desire to learn and excel as a personal property inventory professional. Earning these credentials informs clients that they have gone the extra mile to ensure that First State Inventory provides quality inventory services.

Jim stated, “Vince and I have served clients through our previous businesses, and always enjoyed providing quality services. Combining our skills, customer service backgrounds, and desire to help others fits well with this new adventure in the home inventory industry. In addition to preparedness for a disaster, Vince added, “having a written document and photos of all of one’s assets is also essential for many other life events and business activities.”

Based in Lewes, Delaware, First State Inventory offers residential and business asset inventory services.