Home inspection fail: electrical, plumbing, and roofing, oh my!
08/15/2014 - As life events go, buying or selling a house is one of the more stressful ones. Once an offer is accepted, the clock starts ticking toward closing day, and you have to jump through a lot of hoops before getting there. Whether you are the buyer or the seller, you can run into obstacles that threaten to kill
HouseMaster Canada Receives Franchisees' Choice Designation
05/13/2014 - HouseMaster Canada received the Franchisees' Choice award at the 2014 Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) National Convention, the only home and building inspection company to receive this designation. "This is a very special award, made more important by the fact that franchise holders determine the winner...
Quick Chat with Kathleen Kuhn
05/07/2014 - Kathleen Kuhn was nice enough to spare time in her busy schedule for an interview with Franchise Direct. She spoke in great detail about the future of HouseMaster and the real estate industry in general. She also gave advice on what prospective franchisees should look for in franchises as well as insight into what franchisors look for in potential franchisees.
7 Noises you Don't want your House to Make
02/01/2014 - If your home is making noises that rival the best of Metallica, then it may be sending you signals that there's a problem. Here are experts weighing in on some of the most worrisome pops, hisses, creaks groans and knocks and they tell us what they mean and how they can be fixed.
DBR Reunites with Founder of HouseMaster
10/15/2013 - DBR Franchising, LLC, a leading home inspection franchise company known as HouseMaster, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathleen Kuhn as President.
The Home Inspection Network Announces National Expansion
04/18/2013 - The Home Inspection Network announced today it has expanded its coverage across Canada to meet the growing demand for its home inspection services. This national coverage was made possible via...
Boost Brand Advocates and Social Media Influencers
01/01/2013 - To drive more referrals using social media, the company implemented customer loyalty metric provider Satmetrix's NPS Go+ Net Promoter in the Cloud software. Using the Satmetrix NPS software, Tangradi and her colleagues created a customized program called HouseMaster CARES (Customer Acquisition & Referral Evaluation System).
Nuts & Bolts - Case Study : Building Social Media ROI Through Influencers
11/01/2012 - "No marketing collateral or website in the world will ever be surpassed by the impact of authentic personal testimonials," Tangradi says. To achieve those results, Tangradi employed a three-step process coordinated by tools from Satmetrix...
Driving growth with loyalty segmentation
10/09/2012 - When it comes to marketing, you could be missing the point. You're out there marketing by email, social media, post cards, offers-you name it. But, it doesn't end with the sole customer you're engaging at that moment. You should be encouraging your most loyal customers to market for you.
HouseMasters Kathleen Kuhn discusses the state of the housing market on Fox Business.
01/09/2012 - HouseMasters Kathleen Kuhn discusses the state of the housing market on Fox Business.
Inexpensive house maintenance can save you money
01/01/2012 - If you could trade $20 for $2,000, you would right? Well, here are six easy things that you can do at your house that all cost under $20 that can - over time - save you thousands.
HouseMaster is providing homeowners with easy do-it-yourself fixes to keep repair costs down
11/17/2011 - Todays cost conscious home owner is focused on two things; reducing costs and protecting the value of their home. The first and one of the largest home inspection franchisors in North America, provides homeowners with simple tips on how to maintain and update their homes with fixes that they can inexpensively do on their own.
GreenSaver Acquires HouseMaster Canada
10/03/2011 - GreenSaver, Canada's oldest non-profit organization, with more than two decades of experience in the residential energy efficiency sector, is proud to announce the acquisition of HouseMaster's Canadian franchise operations. HouseMaster, established in 1979, is North America's oldest and one of the largest home inspection organizations, with 30 locations across Canada and over 350 in the U.S
7 Ways to Sell Your House You May Not Have Tried Yet
08/27/2011 - While you may not be ready to give your house away or auction it off on eBay, you are probably frustrated with trying to get it sold in the current poor market. Here are seven innovative ways to sell your home without losing your shirt.
08/24/2011 - Certified and trained home inspector Rick Bryant from HouseMaster Home Inspections has seen it all. "Foundation issues, electric, plumbing, heating, air conditioning," says Bryant. These are standard things any home inspector should check, but it is especially important in a foreclosed house.
To Franchise or Not to Franchise
08/08/2011 - New inspectors have a choice to make-to get their business off the ground as quickly as possible, is it better to buy into a home inspection franchise or simply go at it alone. Kathleen Kuhn, President of HouseMaster, a home inspection company with 169 franchises across the US and Canada, and Curtis Niles, the current President of the National Association of Home Inspectors who started his own inspection company, Armored Home Inspections, LLC in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania 12 years ago, present both sides.
Top Low-Cost Franchises Under $100,000
08/03/2011 - Check out 10 low-cost franchises that have thrived through the aftermath of the recession and proved to be stable and are positioned for strong growth as the economy recovers.
Luxury real estate: How to snag a deal on a foreclosure or short sale
07/05/2011 - Opportunities to buy foreclosed - or soon-to-be foreclosed - luxury homes are on the rise. But watch out for the pitfalls that could sour what seems like a sweet deal.
06/06/2011 - Sometimes the best ideas for launching a business can start right at your kitchen table - and stay there.If you are thinking about starting a home-based franchise, take heart; It is very likely your franchisor knows all about the challenges you will face. Many of the companies on our Top Home-based Franchises list got their start in somebody's home, too. Look for their success stories throughout our listing.
Why You Should Inspect Your Home Before Selling
05/27/2011 - Housemaster Home Inspection CEO Kathleen Kuhn and Long Island Housemaster President Matt Kaplan on why you should have your home professionally inspected before you plan to sell it.
Foreclosure Shopping: What to Look for
05/23/2011 - PHOENIX - Our housing market could go from bad to worse, according to some experts. New numbers show a million foreclosed homes in this country are just waiting to hit the market.
McKennis Allen Educates Home Buyers About Foreclosures
05/23/2011 - HouseMaster McKennis Allen educates homebuyers about common conditions found in foreclosure properties in Jacksonville, FL. This segment notes that it is crucial for homebuyers to have an inspection performed when purchasing a home so that all issues within the property can be determined before closing in on a purchase. The host, Jason Law, asked McKennis the benefits of purchasing a foreclosed property, the cost of a home inspection and about the common condition photos featured in the segment.
The Business of Home Inspections
05/04/2011 - Housemaster President and CEO Kathleen Kuhn discusses how the home inspection sector is doing during the housing crisis with an increase in foreclosures.
Fully Inspected: Q&A with HouseMaster Home Inspection Services' Keith Gerson
04/26/2011 - The housing market is having a dramatic impact on new home sales, which our brand has been highly dependent upon. At the same time, the foreclosure market is creating a mirrored opportunity and these homes tend to be in the worst shape and more in need of an expert evaluation. There are, however, numerous opportunities with secondary services, such as radon testing and energy audits, which are top of mind and in the news on a regular basis.
Ask the Expert: What should buyer look for in foreclosed home?
04/15/2011 - With the large inventory of foreclosed properties in the St. Louis area, this is a good time to buy homes at significantly reduced prices. But before making such a purchase, buyers should be aware of five physical conditions often found in foreclosed properties.
Inspector Offers Tips On Buying a Foreclosed Home
04/11/2011 - If you've ever thought about buying a foreclosed home or short sale, real estate experts recommend following some simple tips to avoid getting a raw deal. NY1's Jill Urban filed the following report. A foreclosed home or short sale may look like a great deal, but without a proper inspection beforehand, buyers could end up getting a raw deal.
HouseMaster 'inspects' Jacksonville for growth
04/08/2011 - Bound Brook, NJ - After a close inspection of the Jacksonville market, HouseMaster, the first and oldest home inspection franchise system, is moving in. With multiple factors indicating the real estate market is well on its way to recovery - including rock bottom interest rates, federal homebuyer incentives and mortgage assistance - HouseMaster is answering the growing demand for its services with plans to open at least two locations in the next 18 months, entering a market it says is ripe for more home inspectors.
Master of Inspection
04/04/2011 - When the housing bubble burst a couple of years ago, thousands of homeowners lost their homes to foreclosure. Driven by rage, many of them found creative ways to lash out when the banks seized their houses. Just ask Wendy Rogers, who owns a HouseMaster Home Inspections franchise and saw much of the damage first-hand.
How to Save a Faltering Franchisee
03/17/2011 - After five years of consistent growth, Kathleen Kuhn knew one of her franchisees was in trouble when his numbers started going down. Kuhn, CEO of HouseMaster, a home inspection services operator and franchisor, reached out to the franchisee hoping to find out what sparked the decline.
Proceed with caution with foreclosure deals
03/09/2011 - With U.S. foreclosure filings continuing to rise across America, the housing crisis has begun to extend into 2011 and is signifying a great time for first-time buyers to buy a home. However, if buyers are considering properties in various stages of foreclosure, property inspections are critical in making the right investment and getting the best deal.
Home-inspection firm eyes Knox market
11/11/2010 - HouseMaster, a New Jersey-based home-inspection franchise, is looking to open at least three locations in the Knoxville market within the next eight months. In a news release, the company said it conducts new construction, commercial property and foreclosure inspections, and is looking for franchisees.
What Do Established Franchise Companies Look for in their Acquisitions?
11/03/2010 - Based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Sopra Brands also acquires companies and provides management and consulting services to companies in the franchise industry. Boasting an executive team with nearly 100 years of combined franchise experience. Sopra Brands has built several franchise organizations since it was founded four years ago.
Do-it-yourself home fixes
10/21/2010 - One of the most troubling realities for any homeowner? What to do when your house gets sick. A big mistake many homeowners make is letting the small problems turn into big ones. There are plenty of ways to take care of those small problems, and cheaply. Home inspector Robert Southard joined Good Day from a Land O Lakes house that just underwent inspection, and he showed us what he found and how to make the fixes without spending a ton of money.
4 Ways to Prevent Water Damage
10/12/2010 - It doesn't take a major flooding event or even a nasty storm to cause water damage in a home. This I know first hand. In my old house our foundation was built on a spring. So even though we lived on top of a hill, our sump pump ran constantly. Until one day it didn't anymore.
10/12/2010 - HouseMaster home inspection business is now open in Polk County. Robert Talbert of Tryon, who has extensive experience in construction, says he was inspired to open a HouseMaster franchise after his daughter had a negative experience with home inspectors when buying her first home. He saw a definite need in the marketplace and answered the growing demand for home inspection services by opening HouseMaster.
Selling Your Home? Inspect It!
09/10/2010 - Kathleen Kuhn -- President and CEO of HouseMaster -- a home inspection company, tells us if you're selling your house - one of the most important decisions you make is getting a house inspection!
Keen eye for housing
09/04/2010 - Tom Thayer jumped into the construction industry right out of high school. It was a summer job and he didn't figure he'd be sticking around long. But that job ultimately lead to a successful 25-year career in the industry.
08/01/2010 - Help your wallet-and the earth-by making your home more energy efficient. Even small tweaks can make a major dent in your monthly bills. And if you decide to do major improvements, you could earn government rebates of up to $3,000, thanks to President Obama's new Homestar program. Kathleen Kuhn, president of HouseMaster, one of the largest home inspection companies in North America, shares how homeowners can make DIY upgrades.
Indy inspectors at home with added competition
07/20/2010 - After a close inspection of the Indianapolis market, HouseMaster is moving in. The New Jersey-based home inspection franchisor will open at least five locations in the next 18 months, entering a market it says is ripe for more home inspectors. "If you look at how many houses are still selling in Indianapolis, there is significant market share still to be had," said Kathleen Kuhn, president of the 30-year-old company, which has 371 locations nationwide, including two in Indiana -- Fort Wayne and Richmond. "The locals may be nervous about us coming in, a company that has been in business as long as we have been in business. But it's about competition and survival of the fittest."
A Franchise Opportunity Worth 'Inspecting'
06/16/2010 - A Franchise Opportunity Worth 'Inspecting'. Recovering Real Estate Market Puts Home Inspection Franchise HouseMaster at Forefront of the Home Inspection Industry.