January 28, 2014 // Franchising.com // CHICAGO – Duane Savage has a particularly keen mind for homes. As a former home remodeler and owner of a historic home himself, he watched Chicago’s gentrification with a sharp eye. Wanting a steadier source of income for himself while maintaining his work with historic houses and buildings, Savage opened his Pillar To Post home inspection business in December 2013 serving the city of Chicago.
"Transitioning from home remodeling to home inspection felt natural to me," said Savage. "Pillar To Post has a fantastic, structured approach to start up and marketing, and the overall support system is excellent. It was the best choice for me in order to make this career change."
Prior to launching his business, Savage worked as an event photographer and a home remodeler. In 1984 he purchased a historic home for himself, originally built in 1918, giving him firsthand experience with many of the issues Chicago homeowners face.
"I understand the challenges of owning and maintaining older buildings," he said. "I have learned through experience, as a remodeler and a homeowner, that some things that may be considered defects or flaws really have no bearing on the enjoyment of the house. That helps me differentiate between repairs that are urgent and necessary and cosmetic flaws that do not pose a threat to the home."
Savage has invested heavily in his Pillar To Post business and is looking forward building equity through hard work as he serves his community. A native Chicagoan, he has been watching closely as the cirty rapidly gentrifies.
"Many of the older structures are being reclaimed and upgraded," he said. "The combination of my expertise as a remodeler and my training as a home inspector is a real asset for clients looking to invest in or reclaim an older property."
Savage hopes to capture the Chicago market and begin expanding his business quickly by hiring several other home inspectors within three years. Due to increasing demands for its services, Pillar To Post is aggressively targeting Chicago for growth and plans to add several new franchisees in the area by 2017.
Pillar To Post has nearly two decades of experience in the industry. Within a decade of offering inspection services, Pillar To Post became the No. 1 home inspection company in North America because its inspectors understand the importance of this step in the home buying process. After thoroughly training its franchise owners, such as Masters, with new technologies and procedures, Pillar To Post now boasts approximately 2 million houses inspected throughout North America. By providing clients with the best service, professional inspectors, and a comprehensive inspection report, which includes inspecting up to 1,600 points on a home as part of a standard inspection, Pillar To Post has become the reliable name in home inspection.
For more information on Pillar To Post’s services in your area, visit www.pillartopost.com.
Founded in 1994, Pillar To Post is North America’s premier home inspection company. With 400 locations covering 44 states and 8 Canadian provinces, Pillar To Post has worked with nearly 500,000 North American real estate professionals and has performed approximately 2 million home inspections for homebuyers and sellers. Pillar To Post was founded on a simple premise: select top-quality candidates as franchise owners and provide first-rate home inspection and business operations training supported by an on-going education to grow a unique and successful business for all involved. For more information, please visit www.pillartopost.com.
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Founded in 1994, Pillar To Post Home Inspectors is the largest home inspection company in North America.