Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Root for the HomeTeam: The Story of Bobby Cox

Bobby Cox isn’t managing baseball teams any longer, but he can still be found right around home. Make that homes.

Just like his famous namesake, Cox is a former manager; he served as minor league general manager for the Cubs, Tigers and Blue Jays. These days, however, Cox is owner of the Savannah-based HomeTeam Inspection Service. The company’s primary service area includes Effingham, Chatham and Bryan counties.

Cox has owned the franchise for 10 years and provides home inspections for buyers and sellers. During that time, he and assistant Tim Lurtz, both certified home inspectors, have performed over 3,200 inspections. Cox says they've never done fewer than 400 inspections for the last five years, and in 2011, despite a slow real estate market, they had a record year and upped that number by 150 compared to 2010.

Cox attributes the spike to foreclosures and people knowing who they are. He also cites the reputation of the company, which has over 200 locations around the country. “That’s a lot of knowledge out there,” Cox says.

Following his stint in baseball, Cox had a number of jobs, including manager of a Spanky’s southside restaurant in Savannah. He got into his current position after spotting a HomeTeam franchise for sale. “I thought it was something I could do,” Cox says. “I was looking to do something, and I wanted to own my own business.”

Cox and Lurtz perform “visual” inspections as a team, giving them an “extra set of eyes.” They provide a computer-generated narrative report that is e-mailed to the client. Prices range from $275 to $500, depending on square footage. The average price is $300 to $325.

Cox says he likes people and enjoys meeting them from all walks of life. He also takes pride in his role of helping people achieve their dream of owning a home. “I like that we play a part in the process,” Cox notes. “We make sure there are no surprises. I think it’s worthwhile. I like to see them move into a new home.”

Home Team Inspection is a member of the Savannah Board of Realtors and Young Council of Realtors. In 2008, the former organization named Cox’s business its affiliate of the year.


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