Making people feel at ease about their home purchase
Justin Grant of JC Grant Inspections
Written by Heather Pluard
After realizing a suit and tie weren’t for him, Arizona native Justin Grant left the banking industry to work in construction. He also made time for ministry at his church, where he learned to build souls. Today, as the owner of JC Grant Inspections LLC, Justin is wholly focused on positively impacting the lives of his clients, team members and REALTOR® partners.
“Our goal as a company is to help make the agents’ lives easier, lift them up, add value to them and ensure our mutual clients have the best experience possible,” Justin says. “Home inspections can be nerve-wracking for many people, but we enjoy walking them through the process and eliminating stress. It’s rewarding to make people feel at ease about what is likely the biggest purchase of their entire lives. We do that by sharing information in a way that is simple to understand and easily digestible.”
Formerly a ranch hand, Justin worked his way up the banking industry ranks, first as a teller, then a personal banker, next as a manager and ultimately as a mortgage loan officer. Then, dissatisfied with corporate America, Justin left banking to work in men’s ministry at his church of over 10,000 parishioners. “Ministry took me on over a dozen mission trips abroad, and I sat on the board of directors for the missions team in Mexico before eventually working full-time in construction,” he says. “I’ve done everything from rebar to hardscaping, door, window and gate installs, roofing, home remodeling and solar panels. I also enjoyed teaching and training others.”
A series of minor back operations left Justin unable to lift the heavy loads required in construction, so he started thinking about a new career. After consulting with a friend and family member in the home inspection industry, he fell in love with the idea of using his talents to help people make informed purchases in real estate. “I bought a National Property Inspections franchise in Randolph, Davidson and Montgomery County when I first moved to North Carolina,” Justin says. “After two and a half years, I bought out my non-compete agreement with the franchise and started JC Grant Inspections LLC. We are passionate about what we do because we get to help people and impact their lives, and that’s the core of our business model and culture.”
Clients, team members and agents alike benefit from Justin’s approach. “We strive to make REALTORS®’ jobs a little easier, creating more time for them to focus on building their business or working on the things they truly enjoy doing,” he says. “As I was thinking about the foundation of my new business and what I wanted it to be, I had a significant focus on leadership development. While building this company, I’ve included resources for my team to help them inside and outside of work. The biggest win for me is when I can help someone tap into their true potential, how they are wired and what they are passionate about, then follow up with the resources and tools they need to point them in the right direction and pull the trigger. When that happens, I feel like everything else begins to fall into place.”
Everyone on the JC Grant Inspections LLC team learns corporate leadership, business development and management skills. In addition, they are intentional about reading and implementing tools in books like Good to Great, The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, and many more. “Home inspections are a critical part of the home buying/selling process,” Justin says. “While our team is dedicated and focused on providing the best inspection possible without being an alarmist, we understand that we are in the people business.”
Essential people in Justin’s life include his wife, Kaitlin, and their two beautiful baby girls, Vera (2 years old) and Edith (8 months old). They live in the country on about 20 acres and love being outdoors. Kaitlin’s family still lives on the farm she grew up on just a few minutes up the road, and they spend a lot of time hunting, fishing, farming and visiting together. During the summer, they enjoy water sports and relaxing at Lake Tillery. Justin and his family are also heavily involved with their church in Asheboro, where they serve on Sundays and throughout the week.
“I love spending time with my girls,” Justin smiles. “Typically, we are a family that is going all the time. I mow about 8 acres every five days and maintain our pond plus all the other landscaping, and my 2-year-old likes to help. She has her own tools and enjoys riding on the zero-turn. We all enjoy seeing a nice, well-kept property!”
JC Grant Inspections LLC covers most of North Carolina and offers residential and commercial inspections. Additional services include scheduling pest inspections, full-panel water testing, radon testing and sewer scans. To learn more, please visit www.jcgrantinspections.com.