The HouseMaster home and building inspection franchise system was founded in 1979. Since then, we have grown to over 370 local offices whose inspectors have collectively performed over 2 million inspections.
We are the oldest and most respected name in home and building inspections throughout North America. Our staff has been featured numerous times in national and local broadcast as well as print media and online. No one is better prepared to deliver objective, expert home and building inspections and reports.
HouseMaster founder Ken Austin had a burning desire to own his own business. In the late 1960s, he began researching the idea of home inspections.
Ken saw the home inspection as a valuable service for home buyers like himself who often felt they were making real estate decisions based on very limited information. As a successful marketing professional, Ken knew that with a quality technical program and the right promotion, the home inspection could become an integral part of real estate transactions across North America.
Establishing National StandardsIn 1971 Ken began an independent home inspection company in New Jersey. In 1975, Ken contacted other home inspectors to develop a national trade society which would provide standards of practice for the home inspection industry. By mid-1976, Ken became one of the founding fathers of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).
After developing a successful multi-inspector home inspection business, Ken decided to take his model to the national level. In 1979 he created HouseMaster, Home Inspections. Done Right., which remains the first and oldest home inspection franchise system in North America.
Continuing the VisionThe HouseMaster System continues the vision that Ken started. With the most experienced and professional support staff in the industry the HouseMaster name continues to represent quality and leadership. HouseMaster is a professionally managed company that has retained the culture of a family owned business and sees their franchisees as part of the family.
HouseMaster is proud to have launched the following industry firsts:
- 1st To Utilize National TV Advertising
- 1st To Develop A National Internet Presence
- 1st To Require Comprehensive E&O Insurance
- 1st To Offer Referral Liability Protection
- 1st To Offer An On-Site Written Inspection Report
- 1st To Develop A National Inspector Training Program (NIBI)
- 1st National Home Inspection Organization To Provide A Written Guarantee
- 1st To Offer A Free Customer Newsletter
- 1st To Develop Web based Proprietary Software System
- 1st To Implement a Local Public Relations Program