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In a best case scenario, with the rates most regionals pay for occupancy checks, interior walk thrus, insurance loss, etc, you need to have metro areas with a whole lot of addresses on your sheet.
But what if, for example, you agree to cover the KY counties of Hart, Butler, Grayson, Ohio and Hardin? Each county may be only 35-45 miles wide, but the counties average around 20,000 people or less. Doing inspections in Lexington, you may have 4 on maple, 13 on oak, 11 on lincoln st, etc.
Try looking for R1 Parson's Hollow, 51CC Spring Lick Fork. 2 hours go by and you've knocked 4 units off your list. Yes, that is an extreme example, but these companies are not basing prices off of what they believe they have to pay for someone to be profitable, they are paying based on a formula of "Drop the price until no one will take the work, then raise it up to the bare minimum."
That my friends is what is called the "Industry Standard."
I'm not knocking anyone who will do whatever it takes to feed their family; just understand that while you may be satisfied with sub standard wages, you shouldn't be surprised when others aren't, and they aren't afraid to say so.