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A Globe-Trotting Veteran Takes on the Home Inspection Business

Vincent Stoakley lived in countries including Japan, South Korea and Afghanistan during his 20 years of service in the U.S. Army. Little did he know at the time, as he traveled around the globe, he was inadvertently gaining the skills necessary to be a home inspector. After leaving the military, Stoakley became a Pillar To Post franchisee. Here's how he has applied his military knowledge in the field of home inspection.

Name: Vincent Stoakley

Franchise owned (location): Pillar To Post Home Inspectors, in Richmond, Texas.

How long have you owned a franchise?

Since March 2013.

Why franchising?

Franchising allowed me to become a business owner without having to focus on inventing a brand. The Pillar To Post brand has proven its success for decades. There are systems in place that assist the franchisee with daily business operations and marketing. It is comforting knowing that you have a network and structure in place that will work with you every step of the way towards success... Read More.

Posted on Thursday, December 18, 2014

22-year-old takes over home inspection franchise

ERMA – Gabi Whalen took over the Erma franchise of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors in November.

The 22-year-old once hoped to design skyscrapers, but now she is using her knowledge of architecture on residential buildings.

Whalen attended the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture and Design. She recently took over the Pillar To Post Home Inspectors of Erma previously owned by Bob Galster, who has served the Cape May County area for 17 years... Read More.

Posted on Saturday, December 6, 2014

Fall Is for Fireplaces

From the experts at Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

A wood burning fireplace is an appealing feature of many homes. Here are some reminders and tips for keeping safe and getting full enjoyment from your fireplace this season:

Annual Inspections – Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned by a professional to ensure that it’s obstruction free and clear of creosote—a black, oily substance that can build up on the inside walls of the chimney. Because creosote is highly combustible, a thick accumulation creates a serious hazard that can put your home at risk of a major fire.

Feeding Your Fire – Use dry, well-seasoned hardwoods in your fireplace. Avoid using pine and other oily woods, as these will not burn cleanly. If you choose to use manufactured fire “logs,” do not burn them with real wood to avoid the possibility of flare-ups... Read More.

Posted on Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ask the Expert: What Should I Pay Attention to when Buying an Older Home?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, the Director of Marketing with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors.

Q: What are some of the most common defects to be mindful of when buying an older home? And what should be considered when preparing an older home for inspection?

A: There’s something about older buildings that makes them so appealing. Maybe it’s the greater emphasis architects once placed on ornate, decorative aesthetics. Maybe it’s the fact that older houses predate the mass-produced, cookie-cutter look that’s so prevalent in modern homes. Maybe it’s the knowledge that houses were once built to a much higher standard of quality compared to those built today. Regardless of why you prefer older homes, it’s important to be aware of the potential issues that may plague them. Here are a few of the more common defects to be mindful of when purchasing an older home—or to consider when preparing your own older home for an inspector.

- Depending on how old your home is, it might predate important safety standards. According to the EPA, homes built prior to 1978 may have lead-based paint, which could result in a number of negative health defects after extended exposure. Likewise, homes built from the early 1940s to the 1970s often have equally dangerous asbestos as insulation for pipes. Further, wiring that predates the 1950s was often made with a rubber compound that becomes brittle over time, which can pose a fire hazard. Figuring out when your house was built is an important first step in determining the potential safety issues you’ll have to consider... Read More.

Posted on Monday, October 6, 2014

For Your Client: Mold Prevention and Control

Mold is a common occurrence in homes, but it can potentially cause health problems as well as damage to structures and surfaces if it is not controlled. Mold begins growing indoors when spores come in contact with wet surfaces or substances. Once established, mold can be very difficult to remove successfully – so prevention is the key.

Mold Prevention

Mold needs moisture to grow. Moisture can take the form of leaks, spills, condensation, and humidity, so controlling sources of moisture is the most important step in mold prevention... Read More.

Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014

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