10 Jun 2015

How a wave of retiring home inspectors is creating a substantial opportunity for young people to start their own home inspection franchise

Home inspectors tend to be older professionals, and as Baby Boomers retire, the supply of inspectors is drying up. As a result, there is a big opportunity for younger inspectors to enter the industry and establish themselves. The trend of Boomer retirement has created a sharp rise in franchise ownership among a younger generation of Strategic-Partners, and WIN Home Inspection franchise is excited that many are experiencing substantial success.

WIN has a unique and strategically designed business model that trains franchisees to build strong relationships with Realtors in a given market. The Realtors become a reliable stream of strong business leads.

At WIN, we’re continuing to see an influx of Generation X and Millennial applicants. There is more and more room for them in the industry, and we don’t expect the pipeline to fill up — Baby Boomers have only just begun to retire.

Brian Fish, who owns a WIN Home Inspection franchise in Mount Vernon, Washington, is the perfect example of this next generation of Strategic-Partners. A former bank manager, Brian became interested in our franchise after a WIN home inspector performed an inspection on his home. He began doing research on the home inspection industry in general and WIN specifically, and soon he was ready to come aboard.

“WIN’s veteran-friendly policies impressed me, and at the same time I was really drawn to WIN’s values,” Brian says. “WIN was an easy standout. I really like their emphasis on continuing education and customer service, and I find them to be the most advanced home inspection franchise in terms of technology, training and marketing.”

The home inspection industry is full of inspectors in their 50s and early 60s who are aging out of the profession. This creates a tremendous career opportunity for younger generations to begin new careers in the industry.

For George Gaves, another member of the new generation of WIN Home Inspection franchise owners, WIN stood out as the most advanced and professional franchise of its kind.

“WIN thinks about the presentation side of things,” George says. “For example, they are the only one that required a service vehicle. It made sense to me from a customer service perspective — showing up to the job with a branded vehicle and wearing professional WIN attire is going to work in my favor. It’s a no-brainer.”’

James Price is among the youngest WIN Home Inspection franchise owners. The 27-year-old military veteran discovered WIN while researching business opportunities through VetFran, a strategic outreach initiative sponsored by the International Franchise Association.

“I looked into franchising because I wanted to be part of a proven system and have some support, and I looked at a few businesses,” James says. “As I was searching for opportunities, I found WIN, which has a low startup fee. Then I found out that WIN does something very special for veterans through their WIN for America program. I decided to apply and got a big discount. I put together a business plan, got a bank loan, got training and got started!”

WIN Home Inspection is one of the fastest-growing home inspection franchises in the country, and it is ranked as a top franchise opportunity by Entrepreneur magazine, Franchise Business Review and by G.I. Jobs. WIN stands apart from competitors by offering a consistent, professional home inspection service that home buyers appreciate and real estate agents respect. Training, technology and marketing support help franchise owners develop loyal relationships in the real estate industry that lead to a steady stream of customer referrals.

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