Thursday, January 22, 2015

HomeTeam Inspection Service Franchise News!

Military Times Names HomeTeam Inspection Service to Best for Vets: Franchises

Milford, OH – HomeTeam Inspection Service was recently named to the Best for Vets: Franchises 2014-15 list by Military Times for the second consecutive year.

Ranking at #7, HomeTeam is the only TEAM-based home inspection company that appeared on the list. “The HomeTeam service model resonates with military veterans because it’s based on strong leadership qualities, discipline and building teams’ says Tony Hill, franchise development consultant for HomeTeam. ‘And HomeTeam’s model is the only concept in the industry built for long-term equity building.’”

This highly respected analysis by Military Times focused on financial incentives, brand performance and policies that cater to veterans and reservists. “As with all of the Best for Vets rankings, Best for Vets: Franchises is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an organization a good fit for military veterans and spouses,” said Amanda Miller, editor of Military Times EDGE magazine.

The rankings are published in full in the September issue of Military Times EDGE magazine, the premier publication for military transition, and online at, as well as,, and
HomeTeam Inspection Service • 575 Chamber Drive • Milford, Ohio 45150
Phone: 513.831.1300  • Toll Free: 800.598.5297

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

HomeTeam Inspection Service Named 2013 Military Friendly Franchise®

Ranks in the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doing the most to recruit military veterans

HomeTeam Inspection Service was recently ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation’s franchises that are doing the most to recruit military veterans, and named a 2013 Military Friendly Franchise® for a third consecutive year.

For more than 20 years, HomeTeam Inspection Service has brought exceptional quality, value and dependability to the home inspection industry.  HomeTeam offers faster, more efficient home inspections by bringing a team of inspectors on site. “The team approach resonated with my military background,” says Brian O’Rear, owner of HomeTeam Inspection Service in Louisville, KY. “I understand teams, I understand leadership. I understand the power of a team. It was a pretty easy sell for me.”
HomeTeam currently offers military veterans 25% off the initial franchise fee (up to a $10,000 value) to help launch their dream of owning a business. “We are honored to be named a Military Friendly Franchise®. Our veteran owners have proven to be great leaders within our organization, fostering the team approach and consistency in everyday operations that our model employs.” says Greg Haskett, Vice President at HomeTeam Inspection Service.

The 2013 Military Friendly Franchises® list was compiled via a data-driven survey overseen by an advisory board of industry experts. The survey results list was independently tested by Ernst & Young based upon the weightings and methodology established by Victory Media.

“One in four returning service members indicate interest in owning their own business,” said Sean Collins, director for G.I. Jobs.  “Franchises are a perfect fit for service members, who bring unparalleled operational skill sets and work ethic but are often unclear how to start a business.”

ABOUT HOMETEAM: For more than 20 years, HomeTeam Inspection Service has brought exceptional quality, value and dependability to the home inspection industry.  HomeTeam franchise owners with homebuyers, home sellers and real estate professionals to service home inspection needs through a unique TEAM concept, and unparalleled professionalism.  HomeTeam Inspection Service continues to expand throughout the United States and Canada by offering franchise opportunities.  For more information, visit

Tuesday, March 12, 2013!

HomeTeam Inspection Service Announces New Domain and Updated Website

HomeTeam Inspection Service, an industry leading provider of residential home inspections for over 20 years, announces the launch of, a recently acquired domain with an enhanced look.

“This updated, user friendly site couples easy access to service features and essential home information for our clients, with the visual elements of our national branding campaign.” says Shannon Keeney, marketing coordinator for HomeTeam Inspection Service.

Visitors are able to learn about the distinguishing features of the HomeTeam brand on the site with a short introductory video, access the Home Essentials Library for relevant home tips and can quickly locate an inspector in their area simply by typing in their zip code.

“Acquiring is a significant milestone and holds a great benefit for our franchise owners and our brand,” says Adam Long, VP of technology.

The purpose of the new site is to provide a resource to home buyers, home sellers and real estate professionals and allow visitors to gain a comprehensive understanding of what makes HomeTeam Inspection Service different from other inspection companies.

"2013 marks the 20th Anniversary of HomeTeam Inspection Service franchising, and what a great way to celebrate. We see many opportunities for HomeTeam in the next 20 years as we continue to grow.” says president and founder, Paul Spires.

For more than 20 years, HomeTeam Inspection Service has brought exceptional quality, value and dependability to the home inspection industry. Their team concept is unique to the home inspection industry, and allows inspections to be faster and more efficient. HomeTeam franchise owners work with home buyers, home sellers and real estate professionals to service home inspection needs. Today, HomeTeam Inspection Service continues to expand throughout the United States by offering franchise opportunities.  For more information on HomeTeam Inspection Service, visit

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

HomeTeam Featured in Chicago Tribune

Home inspectors see a house for what it really is

By John Handley, Special to the Tribune
January 4, 2013

What are the secrets of that house you're thinking of buying? What's in the basement, in the attic, on the roof? Are mechanical systems working properly?

As buyers gradually jump back into the housing market, a thorough examination of a dwelling is an essential step toward homeownership. It can increase confidence about the condition of a property and save thousands of dollars down the road. Risky deals like foreclosures and short sales require even more scrutiny.
Ed Miehlke and Bill Hayes of HomeTeam

That's where a home inspection comes in.

"Home inspectors lay all the cards on the table," said Doug Hanscom, broker associate with ReMax Properties in Western Springs.

Like doctors, home inspectors give thorough physical exams. They probe the ins and outs of residences and make detailed reports. What they uncover can make or break a deal.

Illinois law requires home inspectors to be licensed by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Trade organizations such as the American Society of Home Inspectors and the National Association of Home Inspectors promote high standards of practice.

Home inspections cost an average of $350 for single-family homes and $300 for condominiums, but they can pay for themselves if serious defects are discovered. In that case, the buyer and seller can negotiate the cost of repairs. Roofs can be deal-breakers because of the $15,000 to $30,000 replacement cost.

The No. 1 problem discovered in inspections is water intrusion, frequently from leaking roofs and basements, according to home inspector Ed Miehlke.

"Home inspectors are like general practitioners. We check out a house for a couple of hours. If we need more information, we call in a specialist — a plumber, electrician or other expert," said Miehlke of HomeTeam Inspection Service of Arlington Heights.

The standard inspection checklist includes electrical, plumbing, heating and cooling systems. Siding and roofs are evaluated, as are foundations and interior walls and ceilings. Doors and windows are checked for tightness.

"The age of a property tells us what to look for," Miehlke said. "Older houses may have issues with cracked foundations and wiring."

"We give buyers three choices of home inspectors," said Chris Downey, a real estate agent with Koenig & Strey in Winnetka. She noted that sellers must report pre-existing defects in a disclosure statement that covers major components. Downey said home inspections are especially important for young, first-time buyers not seasoned in how to evaluate a house.

"Usually, people don't make an issue about small things, like a few cracks that don't have a structural cause. But in the case of a major problem, the buyer and seller may split the cost," she said.

What issues do the pros often encounter?

"We check certain building systems that have had problems in the past. One of them is a certain brand of circuit breaker panel that was popular in the 1950s and '60s," Miehlke said. "Asbestos frequently was wrapped around ductwork from the 1950s to the '70s. Some Chinese drywall has a high sulfur content."

Miehlke said he finds mold in as many as 10 percent of houses his company inspects. "Mold occurs because of lack of ventilation in an attic or basement," he said, noting it can cause respiratory problems and allergies.

Elevated radon levels are found in an average of 30 to 40 percent of homes in the Chicago area, Miehlke said. "Radon is a naturally occurring gas from the breakdown of uranium. It's easily corrected by venting the gas with a pipe from the ground to above the roof," he said.

A valuable tool in home inspections is a thermal imaging camera, which detects heat loss. "It can't see through walls, but it measures temperature," said Jack Schubert, managing inspector for Windy City Home Inspection Inc. in Highland Park. "When water evaporates, it cools the wall, and that can be measured," he said.

Schubert said flaws also are common in new construction. "We find small stuff like electrical outlets that aren't properly grounded. One new house needed a furnace filter replaced because it was clogged with sawdust."

An inspection of a gut rehab of an older house includes making sure the landscaping doesn't angle running water toward the foundation, Schubert said. He noted that some sellers pay for a prelisting inspection in order to make repairs that will increase the value and marketability of their house.

Even after all flaws have been reported, Schubert estimated that 95 percent of homes continue on to closing. "Our reports don't sugarcoat the house, but they rarely torpedo the deal," said home inspector Bill Hayes of HomeTeam Inspection Service of Schaumburg. "We take the emotions out of the transaction."


Read the complete article here: Copyright © 2013 Chicago Tribune Company, LLC

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

HomeTeam featured on

HomeTeam Inspection Service was recently featured on in an article titled, "Veteran Franchise Success Leads to Enhanced Discount Promotion" HomeTeam Inspection Service franchisee Brian O’Rear discusses his experience opening a HomeTeam franchise with help from the VetFran program. The article also discusses HomeTeam's constant effort to recruit veterans to become business owners, as well as, other background information on the franchise. Read the article below.

Veteran Franchise Success Leads to Enhanced Discount Promotion

Former Air Force officer Brian O’Rear has achieved another major milestone in the short tenure of his new business in the home inspection industry. Brian and his team of inspectors have recently surpassed 1,000 inspections, putting him in an elite group who has accomplished this milestone in less than 3 years.

Brian spent 22 years in the United States Air Force flying fighter jets and the B-2 stealth bomber, fighting in four American wars. After flying in the very first strikes in post 9/11 attacks and setting the world record for the longest combat mission in history, Brian decided to return to Louisville and follow his entrepreneurial dream, opening a HomeTeam Inspection Service through the VetFran program.

“The whole process was really, really smooth,” said O’Rear, one of 14 veterans who own a HomeTeam franchise. “HomeTeam uses several specialists to inspect homes and commercial buildings, a concept that appealed to me as a former B-2 squadron commander.”

HomeTeam Inspection Service, the professional home inspection service is actively recruiting even more veterans to join their team. “Brian’s success has been impressive, and we are excited about the opportunity to have more veterans on our TEAM,” says Paul Spires, President of HomeTeam Inspection Service. For a limited time HomeTeam will offer the right candidate a 75% discount on their intial franchise fee.

HomeTeam has been a proud member of the IFA’s VetFran program for a number of years and was named to GI Jobs 2012 Military Friendly Franchise List. “I understand the power of teams, and I understand leadership so it was a pretty easy sell for me.” says Brian O’Rear.

“High level energetic leaders who are self-motivated, enjoy networking, and enjoy serving others tend to succeed in this industry” said Greg Haskett, VP of Operations for HomeTeam.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

HomeTeam Inspection Service featured in the Bethany Tribune

HomeTeam Inspection Service was recently featured in the Bethany Tribune in an article titled, "Homeowners: Prepare for cold weather with these tips." HomeTeam Inspection Service franchisee Frank Bombardiere gave his input about what homeowners can do to protect their homes inside and outside during the winter. Frank supplied helpful tips to keep your house and family safe, and pointed out that especially for those who are not very savvy with home maintenance, hiring a home inspector every other year can curb maintenance problems and save homeowners money in the long run. Read the article below.

Homeowners: Prepare for cold weather with these tips
By: Emily Driscoll

With snow, ice and winter storms affecting most of the country this time of year, homeowners need to know how to protect their residence inside and out.

                Research from AIR Worldwide shows that the insured damage from winter storms in 2010 was $2.6 billion, the highest since 2003, and 2011 was even more devastating—one storm in February had as much as $1.4 billion in damage.

                Frank Bombardiere, local owner of HomeTeam Inspection Service in Yukon, says that winter is the worst season for residential damage because ice, snow, and wind can put water in places that are not typically prone to leaking.

“Snow drifts on the side of the house can melt slowly onto the window and door sills, causing water to get around these areas where it normally wouldn’t during a rain storm,” he says. “Ice dams on the roof can cause a roof to leak, and snow can blow into the attic through the roof vents and damage the insulation.”

To avoid major damage to your home and your wallet, here are 10 tips that homeowners need to factor in to their winterizing strategy:

1.       Storm doors can help keep windblown snow and rain from getting around the exterior doors.
2.       All gaps around doors and windows need to be properly caulked, but be sure not to caulk the weep holes in brick veneer--they are there to let the wall breath (make a gap between the bricks about every third brick on the bottom row).
3.       Fireplaces and chimneys need to be cleaned and inspected at least every other year under normal usage, preferably by a qualified chimney sweep.
4.       Gutters should be cleaned after the last leaves have fallen to keep the water flowing away from the foundation of the house. You can also install gutter helmets to keep leaves and debris out.
5.       Cut any overhanging tree branches away from the roof so they will not fall onto the roof or your car if they break off in an ice storm.
6.       Clean any debris off the roof that can act as a dam and cause water to back up under the shingles.
7.       Keep leaves picked up around the yard to help prevent pests from nesting in them. 
8.       Homes with crawl spaces underneath should have the water pipes insulated to prevent freeze damage.
9.       Make sure to vent crawl spaces, even in the winter.
10.   Keep exterior hose faucets covered and detach the hose--pipes can freeze and burst on the exterior hose faucets.

Bombardiere recommends that especially for those who are not very savvy with home maintenance, hiring a home inspector every other year can curb maintenance problems and save homeowners money in the long run.

“You take your car in for maintenance and diagnostics, you go to the doctor for a checkup--why shouldn’t you have your home checked out by a professional as well?”

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

HomeTeam Inspection Service featured on Brighton Pittsford Post

HomeTeam Inspection Service was recently featured on the online edition of the Brighton Pittsford Post in an article titled, "Steve Tremaine, Owner HomeTeam Inspection Service." The article features HomeTeam franchisee Steve Tremaine of Pittsford, New York. The article discusses the benefits of having your home inspected, the success that Steve has experienced with his business, and how much Steve enjoys his job. Click here to read the full article.

Steve Tremaine, Owner HomeTeam Inspection Service
By: Marlene Caroselli

American cartoonist Frank McKinney Hubbard once observed that “the fellow who owns his own home is always just coming out of a hardware store.”
 One way to avoid those frequent hardware-store trips is to have a comprehensive inspection before buying the house. And comprehensive inspections are what the HomeTeam Inspection Service is all about.

Owner Steve Tremaine is proud of the 3000+ inspections that have been done since the company started in 2001. He purchased the franchise from the HomeTeam corporate office and has proudly served Pittsford area homebuyers ever since.

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