When Craig Erickson was ready to change careers, his new path was evident.
Although he worked for Lakeland Transmission for 18 years, and his own Craig’s Small Engine Repair thereafter, Erickson headed for something new, yet familiar.
He and his wife Pam became partners in a franchised home inspection service under Pillar to Post.
Pillar to Post is the largest home inspection company in North America. The Ericksons are one of the newest franchisees operating in the Monticello area.
Getting into the home inspection business was familiar to Craig Erickson because his father had been a real estate agent for 40 years.
“I understand real estate agents,” Erickson said. And real estate agents, like home buyers, are the people home inspectors come to.
Pam worked for many years for Cintas, a national work uniforms company. It was his job to lead a team in purchasing inventory.
The Ericksons were looking for a business venture where they could work together.
Pillar to Post was a natural path for the couple. Craig Erickson could draw on his decades of experience working face to face with clients in auto repair companies, and Pam could help manage the operational side of things.
“In this area, we knew Craig would be good at it,” Pam Erickson said. “It allows Craig to do one of the things he does best – go out and meet people.”
“Pillar To Post — The Erickson Team,” as Craig and Pam are now known, provides home buyers, real estate professionals, buyers and sellers with a home inspection service that brings in the purchase or in the sale of a house, quality, precision, integrity and professionalism, declares the couple.
“Think of us as a doctor for your home,” Pam Erickson said.
“Like a doctor, we are not a specialist,” she said.
The Ericksons are more like a general practitioner for your home.
“Our job is to find the things that are wrong,” said Pam Erickson.
Craig and Pam Erickson’s mission as home inspectors is to make sure their clients find solace in buying their home.
“We don’t just point out gaps and leave, we give advice to make our customers leave feeling good,” she said.
By strengthening the trust and the relationship between the inspector and the client, Craig Erickson obtained his ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) certification. Craig and Pam are both members of the Saint Cloud Area Association of Realtors and the Minnesota Association of Home Inspectors. Pam is working on her ASHI certification.
In addition to the home inspection, the Ericksons leave their customers with the Pillar to Post home manual, a comprehensive guide to all the appliances in the home, a record of recall checks and how-to videos, said Craig Erickson. The house manual is free as part of the inspection package.
In addition to the comprehensive home inspection services Pillar offers to Post-The Erickson Team, the couple also offer additional services such as radon testing, mold testing and water quality, said Craig EWrickson. .
The bottom line of home inspections is that they provide peace of mind for the homeowner, the Ericksons said.
“We provide a very good valuation for the home you are buying,” he said.
Craig and Pam Erickson work in the Todd, Morrison, Sherburne, Benton, Stearns and Wright County areas.