Have Skills, Will Travel: Former Mainer Moves South, Starts New Chapter with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors®
(ORLANDO, FL)-It’s certainly not the best time to be penny-wise and pound-foolish. Simple math quickly demonstrates that a home inspection is money well-spent when making what is typically the largest single investment most people will ever make. “Do not skip a home inspection! That’s one piece of advice that’s hard to argue,” says David Ricker, the new owner of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, serving Seminole and Orange counties. “No one needs surprises with what they are spending to buy a home in today’s market.”
And as far as choosing home inspection as a new career, these are industry facts: The U.S. building inspector industry, measured by revenue, is estimated to have a market size of $4.9 billion in 2022, according to global research firm IBISWorld.
Launching operations in November, the 42-year-old Ricker – a Lake Mary resident – is a perfect example of someone with the background and passion that provide the perfect combination for success as a franchise owner.
Originally from Maine, Ricker moved to Florida in 2018. He learned the HVAC industry in trade school in Maine and worked as a technician and in inside sales, until he moved to Florida and did outside sales. “My knowledge of the mechanical industry will help to identify the wide variety of issues that can arise with a home’s HVAC system,” said Ricker, who also owned a century home while living in Maine and is familiar with the myriad issues that arise with homes. “I definitely have a strong understanding of the many other details that are critical to a home inspection.”
With his passion and knowledge for the HVAC industry coupled with his desire to have a business of his own, Ricker couldn’t be happier as a Pillar To Post Home Inspectors franchise owner. “I enjoyed the HVAC industry but didn’t get the gratification of it being something I was building for myself,” Ricker said. “By owning my own business, I hope to grow and be able to help others with careers as well as helping out my community.”
One of the many reasons Ricker chose Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is the innovative technologies the company recently introduced. These advanced technologies, along with the business model, provide an exceptional home inspection with unique and innovative features that are all delivered within a seamless brand experience. All developed pre-pandemic and ready to be utilized when the pandemic struck, the new features further highlight Pillar To Post Home Inspectors’ standing as a visionary in its industry. The package is now known as the Ultimate Home Inspection and it’s revolutionizing the home inspection industry. So much so that the company was just awarded the much-coveted Best Innovators by Franchise Update Media in the category of “best customer service tools.”
PTP360 is available with every home inspection and provides an interactive, 360-degree visual inspection summary that brings the inspection report to life and includes every room and a home’s exterior. It can be accessed anywhere, anytime from any device and shared with family or contractors.
PTPEstimates provides a cost estimate for inspection summary items. This upgrade is extremely useful for sellers who do a pre-listing inspection, letting them learn what recommended repairs will cost based on prices charged in their area. Estimates can be requested with one click.
PTPFloorPlan provides an accurate floor plan of the entire home. This useful upgrade can be used to determine furniture fit and placement, and also provide exact dimensions to contractors for estimating purposes.
PTPHomeManual is an upgraded service that provides a digital owner’s manual for a home, letting users download manuals/warranty information, find safety recalls on appliances, learn the age and useful remaining life of systems and much more.
Although he and his wife have only lived in Lake Mary since 2018, Ricker is very familiar with Central Florida since family members have been coming to the area as snowbirds since 1985. “We love it here and can’t imagine living anywhere else,” Ricker said. “My wife has been a schoolteacher for 25 years but plans to work with me creating a hard-to-beat team.”
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. They’ve ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise500® for 26 years. Long-term plans include adding 500 to 600 new franchisees over the next five years. For further information, please visit www.pillartopost.com or for info about a franchise go to www.pillartopostfranchise.com