Territory: South Okanagan, British Columbia
Years In Business: 6 months
Franchising was an attractive option to me because I had prior business ownership experience – in fact, I had recently sold my business – so when the time came to make a career change, the opportunity came up and I seized the moment. It’s the perfect balance of business ownership and the support of having an experienced team behind you.
How does your background qualify you for A Buyer’s Choice?
With 38 years in the restoration and residential construction/renovation industries, I felt like I had the skills necessary to succeed with A Buyer’s Choice. Plus, my previous career took me out of town a lot, and I wanted to stay in my community - close to my family - for work.
How does your community benefit from A Buyer’s Choice?
Besides forming lasting, mutually beneficial relationships within the real estate and small business climate in my area, I also am a part of the Westside Board of Trade and the Rotary Club in order to be more involved with my community.
What kind of support have you gotten from A Buyer’s Choice?
A Buyer’s Choice has a great support system at all levels - from the people at the top, to the regional owners, and the one-on-one comradery with the individual franchisee owners of the various offices around me, everyone is quick to answer a question or help in any way.
What has been your biggest challenge?
As expected, it’s challenging to get my name out to as many of the local realtors and mortgage brokers who in turn make recommendations to their clients on the services provided by a home inspector. Building these relationships is critical to the ongoing success of the brand.
Best business advice?
My best advice is to work hard, keep on learning to maintain/improve your skill set and listen to what the customer has to say.
Can you share a word of wisdom for people looking into A Buyer’s Choice/franchising?
At A Buyer’s Choice Home Inspections, once qualified, you are exposed to an extensive training program, lead by an experienced regional owner, to get you prepared to run a business in your designated territory. Once you start your business, you have genuine support from all levels including the tools to ensure you are successful in your business endeavors. It’s a wild ride!