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Chris Hebert named as BCAR’s 2016 Affiliate of the Year

Chris Hebert, a local home inspector with Pillar to Post, was named the Association’s 2016 Affiliate of the Year.

A member of BCAR since 2013, Hebert is a member of BCAR’s Events committee and Education committee and has served as a member of the affiliate council.

He has volunteered at the BCAR’s 2015 Iron Bowl, the 2016 Seafood Boil and has been a sponsor at two BCAR new member orientations. He also frequents BCAR member luncheons and attends semi-annual conferences for Pillar to Post… Read More.

Posted on Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Armed With Two Degrees, This Smart Boomer Found A New Career That Marries Them Both

Mike Bebault might be the most uniquely qualified home inspector in western Wisconsin.

Holding two degrees, an Associates Degree in architecture and a Bachelors Degree in environmental science –Bebault literally knows his stuff. But it’s when you combine Bebault’s knowledge with his calming, trusting demeanor that he really earns his stripes, especially with Millennials, many of whom are entering the real estate market for the first time.

“I’ve had a few youngsters refer to me as ‘Grandpa’ when their parents accompany them on a home inspection review,” the 58-year-old Bebault said. “I find it entertaining, their parents not so much.”

Bebault has been a franchisee of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors® the largest home inspection company in North America, since November 2013. He serves all of western and northern Wisconsin, east to Chippewa Falls and farther west into the St. Paul metropolitan area, if necessary… Read More.

Posted on Wednesday, August 3, 2016

John and Cathi Lynch Enter Year 18 with Pillar To Post Home Inspectors with the Help of their Four Sons

In April, John and Cathi Lynch celebrated their 18th year as owners of their Pillar To Post Home Inspectors location at 3917 Midlands Road Bldg. Two, Suite 200, at which they serve the entire Hampton Roads Peninsula from New Kent County, Charles City County, James City County, Cities of Hampton, Newport News and Poquoson. As veteran home inspectors, the couple reflects on how, aligned with North America's largest home inspection company, they were able to build a career that gave them more control over their life than ever they had before.

For John Lynch, home inspection holds special significance; John's career working with homes stretches back to his time assisting his father in the construction business. But after a series of career changes for both himself and his wife Cathi, it became evident that it was time for a change. "We wanted to have control over our own success in life and didn't want to have to worry about a company laying us off," said John. Emboldened by this desire, the couple came upon Pillar To Post Home Inspectors and, sensing a unique opportunity to be their own bosses while still having a support system for which the franchise is well known, joined as franchisees… Read More.

Posted on Monday, June 20, 2016

Ask the Expert: Why Are Pre-Listing Inspections Helpful?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Don Haschert, Owner of Pillar To Post Home Inspection in Harrisburg, Pa.

Q: Why are pre-listing home inspections helpful in today’s competitive market?

A: You stand to earn a return far closer to your initial asking price. When a buyer invariably performs his or her own inspection, should he or she find undisclosed flaws, you stand to lose more money off your initial asking price than you might assume. In fact, for every flaw a buyer finds in a home that would cost $1,000 to fix, you stand to lose $3,000 – $5,000 off of your asking price. In truth, the average buyer doesn't really know what it would cost to fix a given issue, yet flaws that are not made apparent to a buyer before their own inspection is performed are seen as far more egregious than those disclosed beforehand, even if you bring an issue to their attention and make known that you won’t fix it… Read More.

Posted on Sunday, March 20, 2016

Radon Awareness

What is Radon?

Radon gas is colorless, odorless and tasteless radioactive gas. It is formed by the breakdown of uranium, a natural radioactive material found in soil, rock and groundwater.

What is the Threat of Radon?

Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. In the United States, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 lung cancer deaths each year are radon related and in Canada that number stands at approximately 3,000.

How Does Radon Get Into the Home?

When radon is released from the ground into the outdoor air, it gets diluted to low concentrations and is not a concern. Within homes, it typically moves up through the flooring system and other openings between the ground and living spaces. Your home traps radon inside, where it can build up… Read More.

Posted on Monday, February 1, 2016

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