HomeTeam Inspection Service Expanding to NW Metro Atlanta

Milford, OH – For over 25 years, HomeTeam Inspection Service has been providing fast, trusted and accurate home inspection services throughout the United States, and is pleased to announce its newest location in Metro Atlanta.

HomeTeam’s newest owner Scott Irmscher has almost two decades of experience as a real estate agent and investor.  He became interested in the home inspection industry because it married his passion for helping people with his experience and understanding of the home.

When asked why he chose HomeTeam Scott said, “I was blown away with the technology.   It takes what used to be a 6-hour event and efficiently produces a quality inspection in a third of the time. It’s a true win-win for everyone involved in the inspection process.”

“Scott’s extensive background in real estate industry combined with his drive for helping others will pave the way for a successful business,” states Buddy Stark, Director of Operations at HomeTeam Inspection Service.

In his free time, he is an avid runner and cyclist which lead to his participation and completion of an Ironman Triathlon.  He is involved in the Chamber of Commerce and local Real Estate Boards.

ABOUT HOMETEAM
For more than 25 years, HomeTeam has taken great pride in being Fast, Trusted and Accurate. HomeTeam Inspection Service brings a TEAM of inspectors on site, so inspections are faster and more efficient than traditional one-man operations and utilizes the leading technology in the industry to perform inspections. For information on franchise opportunities with HomeTeam Inspection Service, call 800.598.5297 or visit hometeamfranchise.com.

HomeTeam Inspection Service Ranked As Top Franchise in Entrepreneur’s Annual Highly Competitive 40th Annual Franchise 500®

Milford, OH – HomeTeam Inspection Service recently ranked in Entrepreneur Magazine’s Franchise 500®, the world’s first, best and most comprehensive franchise ranking. Placement in the Franchise 500® is a highly sought-after honor in the franchise industry, as evidenced by the fact that Entrepreneur received more than 1,000 applications this year, making it one of the company’s most competitive rankings ever. Recognized as an invaluable resource for potential franchisees, the Franchise 500® ranks HomeTeam Inspection Service as 280 for its outstanding performance in areas including unit growth, financial strength and stability, and brand power.

“2018 was a great year for HomeTeam and we are thrilled to again be ranked within the Franchise 500,” says Adam Long, President of HomeTeam. “Franchise support is the focus of our company and we are honored to be included among this list of strong, successful franchise brands.”

The key factors that go into the evaluation include costs and fees, size and growth, support, brand strength, and financial strength and stability. Each franchise is given a cumulative score based on an analysis of more than 150 data points, and the 500 franchises with the highest cumulative scores become the Franchise 500® in ranking order.

“As we celebrate 40 years of producing the Franchise 500, it’s a good opportunity to step back and look at how much has changed since that first ranking in 1980,” says Jason Feifer, editor in chief of Entrepreneur. “While the franchise business model has changed little, the strongest franchise brands are constantly evolving and innovating to keep up with changing trends and technology.”

Over its 40 years in existence, the Franchise 500® has become both a dominant competitive measure for franchisors and a primary research tool for potential franchisees. HomeTeam Inspection Service’s position on the ranking is a testament to its strength as a franchise opportunity.

ABOUT HOMETEAM

For more than 25 years, HomeTeam has taken great pride in being the most unique concept in the home inspection industry. HomeTeam brings a TEAM of inspectors on site, providing a faster, more accurate home inspection. Fast, Trusted and Accurate. That’s the HomeTeam Promise. For information on franchise opportunities with HomeTeam Inspection Service, call 800.598.5297 or visit hometeamfranchise.com.

HomeTeam Inspection Service Proudly Debuts Its Newest Location in Tacoma, WA

Milford, OH – For over 25 years, HomeTeam Inspection Service has been providing fast, trusted and accurate home inspection services throughout the United States and is proud to open its newest location in Tacoma, WA.

Owners Jason and Tom Geris are brothers who have always dreamed of starting a business together. Jason, who will be managing the operations of the business, served 9 years in the US Navy and then spent time teaching nuclear physics, electrical theory, and thermal dynamics before working for the City of Tacoma in his most recent position as an electrical power grid high voltage operator.

“We are excited to have Jason and Tom join HomeTeam. Their technical aptitude and genuine personalities make for a great working dynamic,” says Adam Long, President of HomeTeam.

When asked why he chose the home inspection industry, Jason stated, “My brother Tom and I recognized just how good the business model was for the HomeTeam franchise.  We were easily able to see ourselves being successful in this system.”

In his free time, Jason loves participating in ‘Tough Mudder’ challenges, playing sports, camping, snowboarding, skiing and spending time with his two daughters.

ABOUT HOMETEAM
For more than 25 years, HomeTeam has taken great pride in being Fast, Trusted and Accurate. HomeTeam Inspection Service brings a TEAM of inspectors on site, so inspections are faster and more efficient than traditional one-man operations and utilizes the leading technology in the industry to perform inspections. For information on franchise opportunities with HomeTeam Inspection Service, call 800.598.5297 or visit hometeamfranchise.com.

3 Key Criteria for Evaluating a Home Inspection Company

As a trusted professional, clients naturally look to their real estate agent for a home inspector recommendation. With over 25 years of experience in the industry, HomeTeam has identified several considerations to use when recommending a home inspection company:

Knowledge
Look for licensing and professional certifications. Not all states require home inspectors to be licensed to perform home inspections. In many states, home inspectors can be part-time or there one day, gone the next. Do your homework to ensure that the home inspection company your client chooses has the proper state licenses or, in states where there isn’t licensing, that they’re members of a professional organization like ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) or InterNACHI, where they can receive training and certification.

Experience
Seek national brands like HomeTeam Inspection Service that have developed proprietary resources, tools and technology designed to provide a level of service above what an independent home inspector can provide. On the national level, they can be found at conferences and events and are constantly tracking industry news, trends and challenges to collectively provide the best service to clients and agents.

Professionalism
There’s no standard insurance coverage for home inspectors, but two types of coverage are critical. General liability insurance, which covers damage that occurs while performing an inspection, is the most common. Professional liability (errors and omissions) insurance applies to issues related to the inspection. This type of insurance covers the agent, so agents can have peace of mind knowing that they’re indemnified from recourse after the transaction.

Some states require home inspectors to have professional liability (errors and omissions) insurance, but the minimum requirements vary. Texas, for example, one of the most stringent states with home inspection regulations, requires home inspectors to carry $100,000 per claim and $100,000 aggregate of professional liability, or errors and omissions, insurance. However, they don’t require general liability insurance.

Look for a home inspection company that carries both professional liability (errors and omissions) insurance and general liability insurance at coverage amounts of at least $250,000 per occurrence/ $500,000 aggregate. A national home inspection company, like HomeTeam, requires that all locations have these coverages regardless of state requirements.

At the end of the day, it’s up to the client to choose the best home inspection company for them, but being able to provide some criteria for evaluating a company will help position the agent as even more of a resource. 

HomeTeam Inspection Service Expands with New Location in Southern Baltimore, MD

Milford, OH – For over 25 years, HomeTeam Inspection Service has been providing fast, trusted and accurate home inspection services throughout the United States and is proud to debut its newest location in Southern Baltimore, MD.

New owner Michael started his career in the US Army where he served for three and a half years as an armored crewman, serving in combat during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). After leaving the Army, he become a civilian contractor where he served and protected employees and individuals at the State Department, eventually moving to the Pentagon and serving as a police officer for 11 years.

After researching many opportunities, Michael and his wife Raqia, chose HomeTeam Inspection service. “My wife and I validated other franchises out there, but HomeTeam stayed at the top the whole time. The team concept just made sense. Following the model will allow my wife and I to have more time with our family, we are all about family.”

Michael and his wife Raqia combined have 6 children- all but 2 are in college. They are all involved in their local church. In his spare time, you can find them cooking, bowling, fishing, going to the beach, and traveling (they go to a new destination each time they travel).

“Michael’s leadership skills acquired while serving in the military and his natural willingness to serve and protect are going to be key differentiators for his business. We are excited to welcome him as an owner.” Buddy Stark, Director of Operations at HomeTeam Inspection Service.

ABOUT HOMETEAM
For over 25 years, HomeTeam has taken great pride in being Fast, Trusted and Accurate. HomeTeam Inspection Service brings a TEAM of inspectors on site, so inspections are faster and more efficient than traditional one-man operations and utilizes the leading technology in the industry to perform inspections. For information on franchise opportunities with HomeTeam Inspection Service, call 800.598.5297 or visit hometeamfranchise.com.

Avoid Chilling Accidents With These Tips To Winterize Your Home

Winter will be here before you know it. The season has a way of sneaking up on you and before you realize you’re not ready, the first chilling breezes have already arrived.

Begin with winterizing your home now to ensure you’re prepared for the season. Apply the following tips and your home will be winter ready in no time.

* Prime your plumbing. If you live in an area where freezing pipes are a threat, this is one area you’ll want to correct immediately. A frozen pipe that bursts can cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars, depending on damage. Shut off any water lines tied to outdoor spigots and your sprinkler system if you have one. Indoor pipes running along the exterior walls of your home are also potential freezing risks, so cover them with a towel or wrap to insulate them through the season.

* Be sure your heating system is ready for the season. The importance of your home’s heating system during the winter cannot be understated. If it isn’t up to the test, replace it now before winter arrives. The York(R) Affinity(TM) Series YZT two-stage heat pump offers a two-stage compressor to deliver higher energy efficiency and quieter operation. A smart home integration is easy with the YORK(R) Affinity(TM) Hx3(TM) 4.3-inch Touch-Screen Thermostat. Control your home’s temperature by voice command or by using your smartphone when you’re away from home. Program auto-alerts to stay aware of necessary maintenance and replace the filter each month to ensure your home heating system performs at its best all season long.

* Have your home audited. A home energy audit can help you make sure your home will be energy efficient and comfortable throughout the winter. Your energy audit will show you where energy is being wasted and provide suggestions on how to correct them. You may discover opportunities to add insulation in drafty areas or replace appliances that are no longer operating efficiently.

* Seal the leaks. Even the smallest draft could end up costing you big time over the course of a winter and repairing this problem is easy. Inspect each of your home’s windows – replace the broken ones – and use caulk to seal any cracks you find around the window frames. You can also apply weather stripping where appropriate and when winter begins, don’t be afraid to keep the curtains closed to block cold air from coming into your home through the glass.

* Protect yourself from CO concerns. Colder temperatures cause many of us to seek alternative heating sources, but this can often be dangerous. Never use a generator, camp stove, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning device inside your home or garage. These devices, combined with closed windows, can result in carbon monoxide poisoning. If your home does not have a carbon monoxide detector, buy one immediately and if you do have a detector, make sure to test and replace the batteries regularly. A C02 detector is a vital component in keeping those in your home safe throughout the winter and beyond.

Don’t let winter freeze you out

Winter’s frigid temperatures haven’t struck yet, but the season will be here before you know it. Apply the tips above in your home today and you’ll stay nice and warm inside no matter what the outside weather conditions may bring.

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Winter Weatherproofing: Preparing Your Home To Stay Safe And Save Energy

The heat will certainly be on this winter. With winter storms hitting many parts of the country early in the winter season, furnaces are plugging away, causing heating bills across the country to increase. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the typical U.S. family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills – with nearly half of that going toward heating and cooling.

To help homeowners combat the cost of heating a home during the winter months, Valerie Mastalka, a home heating and energy efficiency expert at Lennox, suggests looking at areas around the house to keep the warm air in and the cool air out.

“There are many simple, inexpensive ways consumers can save money on utility bills this winter, and still stay warm and cozy as temperatures begin to drop,” said Mastalka. “By taking the initiative to weatherproof their homes before the start of the cold weather season, homeowners will be able to enjoy a warmer and more energy-efficient house. The little time it takes to make a few quick checks and adjustments can yield dividends in savings and comfort in the long run.”

Repair the roof. It’s important to inspect the roof to make sure shingles are in place to prevent water from seeping inside the house. Mastalka emphasizes that it can be dangerous to be on the roof once cold weather ensues, so check it out before the onset of winter. If large gaps are found, hire a professional roofing company to repair the problem areas. In addition, avoid covering roof vents or turbines for the winter as this will prevent air from circulating properly through the attic and will reduce the overall energy efficiency of the home.

Dodge the drafts. Air leaks caused by cracks or holes around windows and doors can enable warm indoor air to escape and cold outside air to seep in, preventing you from maintaining a consistent indoor temperature. To identify air leaks in outside-facing walls or doors, try holding a candle near suspect areas to reveal drafts and then seal leaks with caulk or weather stripping.

Mind the (chimney) gaps. To prevent warm indoor air from escaping the home, Mastalka reminds homeowners to keep fireplace dampers closed when not in use; however, always make sure the damper is fully opened before starting a fire. Look for any gaps in the mortar between bricks, as they can allow moisture to build up and compromise the roof’s integrity. Also check for soot accumulation in the chimney, and if needed, hire a professional chimney sweep to perform a thorough cleaning before the start of winter.

Don’t forget the furnace. Mastalka recommends having your furnace thoroughly inspected by a certified technician. In addition, changing furnace air filters at least once a month and vacuuming the heater vents in the living areas of the home will help keep your heating system clean and running efficiently.

Attend to the attic. The attic is one of the biggest culprits when it comes to heat loss. If you are experiencing high heating bills and having difficulty keeping your home warm, it could be time to add additional insulation to the attic. Mastalka says that attic insulation should be approximately five inches deep. Homeowners can hire a professional or add insulation themselves with portable blowing units available for rental at home improvement stores.

By making a few minor adjustments around the home, homeowners can help lessen safety concerns and reduce the amount of wasted energy – all while staying comfortable during the chilly season.

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Top Exterior Trends To Inspire Your 2019 Home Projects

Thinking of adding a deck? How about replacing the tired, worn siding on your house? Now that the weather is colder, it’s the perfect time to curl up with a hot beverage and start planning your 2019 home projects so you can nail the budget and settle on the look you’re after.

“Updating your home’s exterior can make an older home look more modern, but it can also make a new build feel warmer and more established,” says Kristine Swint, an in-house design expert at Royal Building Products. “Whether you plan to sell, or stay and enjoy your new features, anything you do to update the exterior can maximize the value of your home.”

Swint shares these insights and tips that will help you get inspired and plan your exterior home projects in 2019.

Think “cool neutrals” for the color story

When someone suggests a neutral tone for your exterior, do you think boring beige and tepid taupe? When it comes to vinyl siding, you may be pleasantly surprised to discover there’s a broad range of color and style choices to meet your taste and design preferences, including soft grays, bolder mid-tone blues and warm earth-toned terra cottas.

“Going neutral no longer means sacrificing style, or having your house look like all the others on the block,” Swint says. “Today’s neutrals convey warmth, comfort and closeness to nature – all traits we desire in a home.”

Bring the inside out

If you’ve decided this year is the year to add a deck or a patio, don’t settle for an uninspired open-air platform. Today’s designers are remaking the deck concept altogether by bringing traditionally “indoor” amenities outside. Rugs, arbors and high-design furniture will turn your deck into an outdoor living room. By adding a fire pit, portable furnace or heater, you and your family can spend time on the deck year-round. For a finishing touch, a floor-to-ceiling sliding glass door not only brings in more sunlight and natural views, it creates a seamless transition between inside and outside.

Make relaxation a top priority

Home is where the heart is, right? So it makes perfect sense to make it into a space where self-care is a priority. That’s why wellness and mindfulness have become huge influences in interior and exterior spaces, Swint says. To turn your backyard into a retreat space, consider amenities like water features, zen gardens or even a shaded reading nook.

Reframe the possibilities of your shed

Garages and sheds can be more than a storage space for your lawnmower and tools. These four walls hold many other possibilities, and homeowners have come up with creative, free-time-oriented uses for these simple backyard structures. The options are only limited by your imagination: backyard bar, outdoor shower, or the classic she-shed or man cave. You can even make it into a home office for those telecommuting days. To dress up a plain shed, Swint says, add siding with complementary trim, windows (and flower boxes), finished with a sleek glass door.

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What Does The Color Of Your Home Reveal About You?

A home’s curb appeal leaves a powerful first impression. Yet, according to the recent poll conducted by Ply Gem Building Products, only half of homeowners say their home’s exterior reflects their personality. This is an especially surprising statistic since 81 percent of Americans say the exterior of a home shapes their view of the homeowner.

With countless material options and accents like shutters and trim, there are several ways to add color to your home. Replacing old siding with vinyl siding tends to be a popular approach because it can improve the look of an entire home exterior, while also being low maintenance and durable. Before replacing your home’s siding, you may be interested to learn what your color choices say about your personality. The following profiles will provide some insight and inspiration for making big decisions about your home exterior:

* Calm, cool, collected = Blue: More than half the population (55 percent) believes the color blue has the most positive impact on their mood, which explains why blue skies are synonymous with peace and happiness. Along these lines, blue siding coordinates easily with a variety of accent colors whether it be white and gray or red and orange.

* Safe, certain, dependable = Neutral: Neutrals are the norm when it comes to exterior color preferences. Fifty-three percent of Americans would choose neutral colors such as beige, white or gray for the exterior of their home. In fact, if you want the latest on-trend curb appeal, consider shades of gray, which have grown in popularity by about 5 percent over the past four years. Gray is very versatile – it can easily be mixed and matched with just about any accent color and trim selection.

* Brave, confident = Bold: If you want to stand out and make a statement, dramatic siding colors are the way to go. Fifty-five percent of Americans say homes with bold colors belong to people with bold personalities. Recent advances in vinyl siding technology, such as the SolarDefense reflective technology from Ply Gem Mastic, have made it possible to choose daring colors such as deep reds, greens and browns.

Are you still unsure about which siding color best suits you? Take the risk out of choosing colors by using an online visualizer tool like the one available from Ply Gem Mastic. The visualizer lets you preview what your color choices will look like on your home before you make a commitment.

Colors are important, but don’t forget maintenance

While colors can send a message, that statement can be undermined by a lack of upkeep. Seventy-eight percent of Americans say the maintenance of a home also impacts their first impression of a homeowner. Consider low-maintenance products like vinyl siding, which come in endless color options, but do not require upkeep such as painting or staining.

Is it time to make a change?

Thirty-seven percent of homeowners say they did not get to choose the exterior siding on their home. If you’re part of that group, what better time than the present to update the look of your house (before the holiday season kicks in)? Doing so could also add significant value to your home. According to the latest cost versus value survey by Remodeling Magazine, upgrading to vinyl siding recoups 76 percent of the project cost on average. For more information on adding personality – and value – to your home, visit www.mastic.com.

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HomeTeam Inspection Service Expands with New Location in Santa Monica, CA

Milford, OH – For over 25 years, HomeTeam Inspection Service has been providing fast, trusted and accurate home inspection services throughout the United States and is proud to debut its newest location in Santa Monica, CA.

Owner Chris Clancy is originally from Boston, spent 25 years in the supply chain industry and most recently held senior management positions in the freight forwarding sector. Clancy’s wife Lisa, will work closely with Chris as she assists with the customer support side of the business. Chris will also have his son Nick work alongside him as his Support Inspector, making this a true family enterprise. Chris and his wife Lisa have four sons in all. Their oldest son is currently serving in the US Marine Corps and they are proud USMC/EGA parents and their two youngest sons are attending college in California.

When asked what the key influencing factors in choosing HomeTeam specifically were Chris said, “Discovery Day cinched it for me. Meeting the folks behind the curtain brought focus to the fact that this is a family. Also, the business model aligns with my instincts; I believe in the value of process and structure.”

“Chris’ personality along with his extensive career in the business sector will help solidify his role as a dynamic leader within the Santa Monica real estate community,” stated Adam Long, President of HomeTeam Inspection Service.

In his free time, you can find him doing crossword puzzles, golfing, hiking, and playing either basketball or baseball.

ABOUT HOMETEAM
For more than 25 years, HomeTeam has taken great pride in being Fast, Trusted and Accurate. HomeTeam Inspection Service brings a TEAM of inspectors on site, so inspections are faster and more efficient than traditional one-man operations and utilizes the leading technology in the industry to perform inspections. For information on franchise opportunities with HomeTeam Inspection Service, call 800.598.5297 or visit hometeamfranchise.com.