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The 4 Qualities we Look for in a Home Inspection Franchisee

Home Inspector with Home Buyers

We welcome people of all backgrounds to franchise with us, but you should possess certain qualities. Here’s what we look for an in a home inspection franchisee.

The great thing about franchising is that it’s truly open to people of all backgrounds and professional histories. You don’t need extensive industry experience to be successful in the home inspection industry, but you do need to possess certain personality traits that we believe are conducive to running a successful business. To capitalize on our proven and well-established franchise opportunity, you should feel comfortable working within a set of guidelines, be willing to learn new and evolving aspects of the business, know when to ask questions, and possess excellent communication skills. If you’re considering becoming a home inspection franchisee, here’s what we’re looking for.

Willingness to Learn

We know that our new home inspection franchisees won’t know everything about our industry from the start, and that’s perfectly fine. You should, however, be comfortable identifying where you need help and take initiative in asking for assistance. We offer an array of resources, and give you access to our network of fellow franchisees and support team on whom you can lean for advice. While you might have some prior knowledge of business-ownership or have worked as a contractor before, there’s always more to be learned, especially in a constantly-evolving industry like ours.

Ability to Follow Our Business Model

Franchise ownership differs from traditional business ownership in that you’re provided with a proven business model, not starting from scratch. Our model has been proven to work for previous franchisees, especially when it comes to helping them through the difficult nuances of franchise ownership. Failure to follow our franchise model will prove detrimental to your progress, so we recommend all prospective franchisees have the ability to trust our process and adhere to our guidelines.

Self Discipline

Being a home inspection franchisee means not having a boss constantly looking over your shoulder. But that also means it’s largely up to you to take initiative and be self-motivated. Many home inspection franchisees love the flexibility and freedom they get with Pillar To Post, though figuring out how to structure your time when not on a fixed schedule, with set hours, can sometimes be difficult. Having the ability to stay on task is crucial to the success of your franchise.

Transparency

As with any business developing trust with customers and community members is integral to the growth of your franchise. You need to regularly and clearly communicate instructions, goals, and feedback to clients and employees, which will help you build long-term business relationships. Being transparent and maintaining a steady stream of communication will go a long way toward cultivating trust and loyalty among both your staff and clients.

If you think you’d make a great home inspection franchisee, and are eager to learn more about the process, contact us today to speak with our franchise team.

Former Memphis Firefighter Launches New Career With America’s Top-Rated Home Inspection Company

Former firefighter Byron Matthews in his Pillar to Post uniform

When Byron Matthews says he has a thorough understanding of building structure, he is not exaggerating. Recently, the 46-year-old Matthews became a franchise owner with the No. 1 home inspection company in North America, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®. Matthews serves clients throughout Shelby County and west Tennessee.

But prior to joining Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, Matthews spent 15 years as a firefighter and EMT for the city of Memphis. A Memphis resident, Matthews says his prior career gave him the perfect foundation for his new one. “Being a firefighter for 15 years and having an understanding of home structures, foundations and fire inspections make a great fit for being a home inspector,” Matthews said.

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is the brand to which more than three million families have turned to for over 25 years to be their trusted advisor when buying or selling a home. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors has ranked on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise 500® for 23 years in a row, and the past 8 years they landed the top spot in their category.

A professional evaluation both inside and outside the home is at the core of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors’ service.

“I always wanted to be a business owner, so this was a great match for me,” Matthews said. “My goal is to expand my business and be a role model in my community.”

About Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®

Founded in 1994, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is the largest home inspection company in North America with home offices in Toronto and Tampa. There are more than 600 franchises located in 49 states and nine Canadian provinces. The company has ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise500® for 23 years in a row, the past 8 years as No.1 in Category. Long-term plans include adding 500 to 600 new franchisees over the next five years. For further information, please visit www.pillartopost.com. To inquire about a franchise, go to www.pillartopostfranchise.com.

Now is the Perfect Time to Start a Business in the Home Inspection Industry

Timing is important when it comes to franchising. Luckily, now is the perfect time to invest in a home inspection industry. Read on to learn more about why.

Before making an investment in any new business, owners should be 100% that the investment will be worthwhile, and that means doing your due diligence on the industry you’ll be entering. Starting a business in a thriving industry, with a positive outlook, gives you a great chance to grow that business in alignment with your expectations. Unfortunately, many industries are oversaturated with competition, or dominated by a single company. That’s not the case in the home inspection industry. Our industry has been steadily growing for years, especially as Americans are looking to buy homes in record numbers, and there’s plenty of room for newcomers to make their mark. With a Pillar To Post franchise, you’ll be able to capitalize on this demand, and receive all the tools you need to take advantage of our thriving industry.

Investment Fees

Choosing to invest in a new business usually means an investment that is as affordable as possible. You should be able to launch your franchise without feeling like you’ve drained your bank account. That’s why we keep our franchise fee at a low $21,900, with affordable financing available for $9,000 of the total. For veterans, or those already in the industry, further financing is available. We also only require 7% of gross revenue as a royalty payment. Our startup costs make us one of the most affordable property inspection franchise opportunities in North America, which positions you to see a quicker return on your investment.

Our Industry

One of the most important things to understand about the home inspection industry is that there’s plenty of room for new players to make a name for themselves. Unlike many other industries, no single company has a monopoly, meaning there’s plenty of room for new franchisees to make an impression. Home inspection is a $3 billion industry right now, and it’s expected to grow 10 percent by 2026. Millennials in particular are buying new homes at a faster rate than ever, and are expected comprise a large portion of the market this year.

Real Estate Partners and Assistance

The best part about entering the home inspection industry with Pillar To Post is getting to take advantage of our vast network of industry partners. This includes current franchisees and real estate agents, on whom you can lean for advice and guidance. Our extensive network is integral to our support infrastructure, and it’s always at your disposal for relationship building. We connect franchisees with one of the world’s top real estate firms, making the site selection and lease negotiation processes as smooth as possible. Our industry connections will help you meet homebuyers, real estate agents, and spread awareness of your franchise throughout the community.

To take full advantage of the thriving home inspection industry with a Pillar To Post franchise, reach out to us.

3 Franchise Myths You Should Get Straight

If you’re serious about pursuing a franchise, don’t let these franchise myths stand in your way. Here’s what to keep in mind.

Being cautious when investing money in a new business is smart, but you shouldn’t let that caution give way to irrational fear. There is a natural uncertainty and financial risk that comes with any business venture, but if you’ve done your research and thoroughly understand the opportunity, that uncertainty shouldn’t stand in your way. Too often, however, prospective franchisees are scared away by unfounded myths, and misinformation regarding the process. Having been in the franchising business for many years, we’ve heard all the stories in the book, and know how to address these misconceptions to keep our franchisees informed and clear-headed. If you think a bookkeeping franchise opportunity might be right for you, here are a few franchise myths you shouldn’t let get in your way.

Industry Experience is Required

While having prior experience in your chosen industry doesn’t hurt, it is by no means required. This is one of the biggest franchise myths. Many of our franchisees have backgrounds in a variety of diverse businesses, and have never worked in home inspection before. Instead of a ton of industry experience, we look for people who are driven, natural leaders, good communicators, and have a willingness to learn a new franchise model.

We pride ourselves on our extensive suite of training resources, designed to get you up to speed on Pillar To Post. We offer training, pre- and post-opening support, and a franchise team who is with you every step of the way.

Lack of Flexibility

Another one of the biggest franchise myths is the belief that franchises offer you little to no flexibility or freedom. That is, of course, false. While you are required to follow the franchisor’s business model, you will be in charge of the day-to-day elements of running your franchise, and have the ability to customize your business to your own personal taste and lifestyle.

I Can’t Afford It

There’s no denying that franchising can be expensive. Investing in a franchise is a big decision, and you should only do it when you’re financially stable and prepared for that next big leap in your career. It is, however, important not to let yourself get overwhelmed. Remember, you’re buying into a proven franchise system with a track record of success. And it’s not just a brand name, either. Your investment also covers a suite of resources, and support network that will be with you every step of the way.

If you can see through the franchise myths and want to take the next step in your career, reach out to us today. Our franchise team will be happy to answer any further questions you may have, and help you start your home inspection business.

The 4 Steps to Starting a Building Inspector Franchise

Embarking on a new career is scary when you don’t know what lies ahead. Here are the steps you can expect when starting your building inspector franchise.

Stepping into completely unfamiliar territory in franchising is a huge step. That’s why Pillar To Post takes measures to ensure that you’re not alone, and have a clear idea of what to expect when you open a building inspector franchise. Luckily, with franchising you have the benefit of a sophisticated franchise model, including a solid network of support resources, and once you’re up and running, you will enjoy unparalleled flexibility in your new career. Before embarking upon the process, however, it’s important to evaluate whether you’re a good fit, and take a look at whether you possess the qualities necessary to be successful. When deciding on pursuing a building inspector franchise, here are the four steps you should take into consideration.

Am I a Good Fit?

Working for yourself means having an incredible amount of freedom, but it also means you must take initiative and be self-motivated. Many franchisees find it difficult to adapt to structuring their time when not on a fixed schedule. Keeping yourself on task is integral to the success of your franchise. Equally as important is having excellent communication skills. Developing trust with community members is paramount to generating trust with customers. You will need to be able to regularly communicate instructions, goals, and feedback to clients and employees, which is crucial for building long-term business relationships. Being transparent and maintaining a steady stream of communication will help you cultivate trust and loyalty among clients.

Understand the Franchise Difference

Starting a franchise is very different from starting an independent business. Franchises have the benefit of products and services, branding, infrastructure, and a business model already in place. The market for a franchise’s services doesn’t need to be established, or built up over time. While you’ll still need to attend to marketing and networking, and make sure you forge solid new relationships in your community, the franchise model provides an invaluable framework, and you should be prepared to work within it.

Make the Investment

We’ve kept our startup fees relatively low, so franchisees don’t have to break the bank. The franchise fee is a manageable $21,900, with affordable financing available for $9,000 of the total. If you’re a veteran or an existing home inspector, you’re in luck, because there’s further financing available for you. You should also be aware that we require 7% of your gross revenue as a royalty payment.

Support System

Once you start your building inspector franchise, you will still benefit from continued support from us. We give you all the tools you need to run your business successfully, providing an extensive training program, and a sophisticated, comprehensive marketing plan to help your business grow. We also have a team of 30+ people dedicated to helping you grow the business, including our expert coaches. Each franchisee is assigned a personal business coach, equipped to help you achieve your goals, guide you toward resources, and answer your questions long after your grand opening.

If transitioning to a building inspector franchise sounds like the right move for you, reach out to us to learn more about the process.

He Certified Choppers As Ready To Fly In The Navy; Now He’s Taking Those Skills To Home Inspections

Jack Zaczek stands in front of his home inspection vehicle wearing a blue shirt and khaki pants

Buying or selling a house is an exercise that can be fraught with anxiety. Sometimes you need a calming influence, or more importantly, a voice of reason when it comes to making what is one of life’s big decisions.

In that situation, you want to turn to someone like Jack Zaczek, 48, who owns a Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® franchise, the brand to which more than three million families have turned to for 25 years to be their trusted advisor when buying or selling a home.

Zaczek is a retired veteran who spent more than 20 years in the Navy. Attention to detail and a sense of calm in times of stress are hallmarks of any veteran, and Zaczek certainly has the credentials. He retired as Navy Chief and was an Airframe and Flight Control Technician, certifying H60 Sea Hawk Helicopters safe for flight during eight – yes, eight – deployments to the Persian Gulf in direct support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom campaigns.

“The attention to detail the Navy taught me inspecting aircraft directly contributes to the high level of attention I give each home inspection I perform,” said Zaczek who serves homebuyers and sellers throughout Duval, Flagler, St. Johns, Putnam and Nassau counties in Florida.

While Zaczek has the requisite mindset required to be a successful home inspector, he also has the knowledge. Before joining the Navy in 1997, he worked in construction building custom homes in Oregon. “Pillar To Post is the perfect fit for me. I love the profession and take great pride in my own home,” Zaczek said. “Being a home inspector gives me the opportunity to help out and be involved with my community.”

Pillar to Post Home Inspectors is a popular franchise brand among veterans like Zaczek. The franchisor is a member of VetFran, a program of the International Franchise Association that helps vets purchase franchises and it has achieved 5-star status in that program, the top ranking possible. In 2018, one-third of new Pillar To Post Home inspectors franchisees were military vets. “Pillar To Post Home Inspectors has been ranked as the No. 1 home inspection franchise, and I’m proud to be a part of this winning team,” Zaczek said.

Tampa-based Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®, the largest home inspection company in North America, has consistently ranked as the top-rated home inspection company on Entrepreneur Magazine’s annual Franchise500®, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is enjoying its 19th year in a row on that list.

A professional evaluation both inside and outside the home is at the core of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors’ service. Inspectors input data and digital photos into a computerized report that is provided to clients in a customized binder for easy reference, allowing homebuyers or sellers to make confident, informed decisions.

About Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®

Founded in 1994, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is the largest home inspection company in North America with home offices in Toronto and Tampa. There are nearly 600 franchises located in 49 states and nine Canadian provinces. The company has been named as Best in Category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise500® ranking for 19 years in a row. Long-term plans include adding 500 to 600 new franchisees over the next five years. For further information, please visit pillartopost.com. To inquire about a franchise go to pillartopostfranchise.com.

Everything You Need to Know About the Home Inspection Franchise Investment

Understanding your investment is crucial to a successful career as a business owner. Here’s what you should know about our home inspection franchise investment.

Prospective franchisees are generally looking for businesses that minimize costs, while yielding the greatest chance of turning a profit. Unfortunately, many industries are in decline, oversaturated, or are dominated by a single company with a monopoly on the market. Our industry is unique in that it has truly been thriving in recent years, and is projected to continue growing in the near future. Our franchise model has been designed to minimize fees, set our franchisees up for the highest return, and give them valuable support. Here’s everything you need to know about the home inspection franchise investment to get started.

Initial Startup Costs

Franchisees are always keen to invest in a low-cost franchise with minimal upfront expenses and launch their franchise without feeling like they’ve broken the bank. That’s why we’ve kept our home inspection franchise investment relatively low. The franchise fee is a manageable $21,900, with affordable financing available for $9,000 of the total. If you’re a veteran or an existing home inspector, there’s further assistance available. Keep in mind, too, that we require 7% of gross revenue as a royalty payment. As with any investment, you’ll want to know what you can expect in return. While exact projections are impossible to make, the average gross revenue of a Pillar To Post franchisee has increased by 35% since 2012, and is continuing to grow steadily. Our low startup costs and average ROI truly make us one of the most affordable home inspection franchise investments in North America.

Support Network

If you don’t have a ton of business experience, don’t worry. We don’t expect our new franchisees to be experts, which is why we have a team of 30+ people who are experts dedicated to assisting you in growing your franchise and guiding you toward success. We assign each of our franchisees a personal business coach, whose job is to help you achieve your goals. These coaches have years of experience in franchising and the home inspection industry, are trained to address any questions you may have and provide useful resources to make your investment worthwhile.

A Promising Industry

While competition is healthy, we probably all agree that the less competition for your franchise the better. Many industries are saturated with similar franchises, but not ours. When you make the home inspection franchise investment, you won’t be entering an industry where one company has a monopoly, and you must struggle to carve out your own market share. Home inspection is a $3 billion industry right now, with 4.6% annual growth. Millennials eager to settle into their first house will comprise a huge portion of homebuyers this year. Timing is essential in any business venture, and now is a great time to make the home inspection franchise investment.

To learn more about the home inspection franchise investment with Pillar To Post, reach out to us here to get started.

20-Year Home Inspection Pro Becomes Franchisee With #1 Home Inspection Company

After devoting over twenty years to the home inspection industry, 47-year-old, Kareem Mincey, decided that it was time to go into business for himself.

Recently, Mincey launched his own Pillar To Post Home Inspectors franchise.

Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is the brand to which more than three million families have turned to for 25 years to be their trusted advisor when buying or selling a home. Consistently ranked as the top-rated home inspection company on Entrepreneur Magazine’sannual Franchise500, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is enjoying its 19th year in a row on that list.

If ever there was a hand-in-glove scenario for the Pillar To Post Home Inspectors franchise model, Kareem Mincey epitomizes it. His professional experiences as a claims adjuster, home inspector and project manager provides the ideal foundation upon which to build his business. “Having been responsible for inspecting and estimating property and casualty claims with roofs, attics, basements, and crawl spaces for the past two decades, I feel like I am ahead of the curve,” quipped Mincey when asked about his new business venture. Mincey was also required to be available for 24-hour emergency response services, which might come in handy as a new business owner. “Sales, marketing and even accounting were part of my role as a project manager,” said Mincey, which further indicates his preparedness for this new role.

A professional evaluation both inside and outside the home is at the core of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors’ service. Pillar To Post Home Inspectors input data and digital photos into a computerized report that is printed and presented on site. All information is provided to clients in a customized binder for easy reference, allowing homebuyers or sellers to make confident, informed decisions.

Mincey is accustomed to visiting job sites, preparing work-orders, estimating, scheduling and following projects through to completion. “All of my past experiences are going to help me be a better business owner,” said Mincey. “Not only do I have the practical experience, but my background in this industry has also taught me invaluable lessons about the importance of documentation, follow-up and most importantly, exceptional customer service. You can be great at what you do, but if you don’t do it with a smile and a can-do attitude, you’re not going to get very far for very long.”

Mincey researched many franchise models before selecting Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. “I ultimately decided on Pillar to Post Home Inspectors because of its history and reputation in the industry, and with 20 years of industry-specific experience of my own, I felt I would have more time to focus on aspects of growing the business and serving my community,” said Mincey.

About Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®
Founded in 1994, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is the largest home inspection company in North America with home offices in Toronto and Tampa. There are nearly 600 franchises located in 49 states and nine Canadian provinces. The company has been named as Best in Category in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise500® ranking for 19 years in a row. Long-term plans include adding 500 to 600 new franchisees over the next five years. For further information, please visit pillartopost.com. To inquire about a franchise go to franchise.pillartopost.com.

What Makes the Pillar To Post Franchise Opportunity Unique?

There may be many franchise opportunities out there, but you’ll want to pick one that stands out from the competition. Here’s what makes the Pillar To Post franchise opportunity unique.

Choosing to start a franchise is a big deal, and it’s important to choose one that truly distinguishes itself from the competition – both in how it presents itself to customers, and in its franchise model. Our franchisees take their responsibility to homeowners seriously and relish the chance to play such a major role in the lives of their clients. Clients recognize the value of working with us, which is why Pillar To Post is the #1 home inspection franchise in North America. Customers understand that our dedication to quality, integrity, and professionalism is truly unique in our industry. Here’s what makes the Pillar To Post franchise opportunity so unique, and a solid investment for potential franchise owners.

Training

We take franchisee training seriously. We give all of our franchisees extensive technical training, education in our standards of practice, and a comprehensive course outlining our business model and operations program. Our in-class and on-site training programs prepare our franchisees to open their doors on day one, and feel confident that they’re representing a quality brand. We also have a team of 30+ people dedicated to helping you grow your franchise and guide you toward success. Each franchisee is assigned personal business coach with years of franchise experience, specially trained to handle any questions you may have and guide you toward your goals.

High Standard for Reports

Customer satisfaction is one of the cornerstones of the Pillar To Post franchise opportunity. Customers need to feel that their home inspectors are being transparent and honest. Inspection reports carry a lot of weight when it comes to a homebuyer’s decision, so we take great pride in making those reports as meticulous as possible and are always being thorough and clear with homebuyers. Our inspectors are trained to give customers computerized reports right on site, so they do not need to wait long for the results of the inspection. We also include color photos with our reports for an extra layer of detail, which customers always appreciate. When our customers take that big step toward home ownership, it’s important that they do so with confidence and peace of mind, and the Pillar To Post process is crucial for giving them that peace of mind.

A Respected Brand

While we certainly don’t rest on our laurels, customers continually choose us because of our stellar track record. For 25 years, Pillar To Post has been a leader in the home inspection industry. With over 550 franchise locations across 49 U.S. states and 9 Canadian provinces, we’ve become the largest home inspection business in the U.S. and Canada, and we did it by holding true to our values, and never getting lazy. We set high standards for our franchisees, train them thoroughly, and empower them to run businesses they’re proud of. That’s why a Pillar To Post franchise opportunity isn’t just a business – it’s the continuation of a legacy you can be proud of.

If the Pillar To Post franchise opportunity sounds like the right franchise fit for you, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today to learn more.

How Starting a Home Inspection Franchise Differs from Opening a Business Independently

Being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, especially with the many options available to you. Here’s why starting a home inspection franchise beats going it alone.

Those considering opening their own business might be enticed by the prospect of striking out on their own, being their own boss, and experiencing the thrill of the unknown. The fact remains, however, that there is a lot of “unknown” to contend with. Building a business from the ground up is a daunting task, and requires a lot of a costly trial and error. The financial landscape is uncertain, you won’t have a built-in support system, and if you lack industry experience, you may find yourself falling behind. When you franchise, however, you have the luxury of settling into an established business model with support mechanisms in place. Opening a home inspection franchise means starting a business where many of the hurdles have already been considered, and resources have been provided to help you overcome them. Here are the important differences between opening a home inspection franchise and starting a business from scratch.

A Proven Concept

Investing in a home inspection franchise means investing in a proven system that has worked for franchisees before you. Thanks to our sophisticated franchise system, Pillar To Post franchisees don’t have to worry about creating their own business model, or determining whether the market exists for their services. We’ve identified the obstacles, and done our best to put you in an advantageous position to overcome them.

No Industry Experience Needed

We understand that you won’t know everything: that’s why we provide strong marketing and business operations support. Even if you have a background in home inspection, you will still need to learn the ins and outs of running a home inspection franchise, but we make it easy for someone with no industry experience whatsoever to slide into a role as a franchisee. We do, however, expect our franchisees to be self-motivated, understand our mission, and have a passion for the business.

A More Concrete Investment

Unlike starting your own independent business, where it’s difficult to anticipate everything you’ll need to pay for, when you invest in a franchise like ours the financial boundaries are more clearly defined. The franchise fee and royalty payments should be easily found on the franchisor’s website, as should a description of what you will receive in return.

Entrepreneurs starting their own business might find estimating costs more challenging, since they are often working within a new, unproven model. We strive to eliminate as many financial questions as possible, allowing you to walk into your new franchise with clear expectations.

Higher Success Rate

No degree of profitability can ever be predicted with complete certainty, whether in an independent business or a home inspection franchise, but our franchises are designed to be owner-friendly and set franchisees up for a smooth operations experience. Of course, countless entrepreneurs go into business for themselves and see great success, but the risk is much greater. Franchisees start off with an established brand, existing customer base, and can reap the benefits of well-established training and support systems — it’s no surprise that they’re more likely to succeed.

If starting your own home inspection franchise sounds like the ideal way to pivot into new business ownership, get in touch with us to learn more.