Franchise Owners

Tim and Laura James

Tim and Laura James

Tim and Laura are Pillar To Post franchise owners based in Crown Point, Indiana. Originally from Lansing, Illinois, Tim is also a licensed home inspector in Indiana, as well as being licensed for WDI and radon testing and analysis. Tim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has a background in various construction trades as well as business consulting and accounting. Tim is also a licensed continuing education instructor for the State of Indiana, and serves as a co-host on the radio show “Real Estate Revealed” as enjoyed on AM560.

Laura is originally from Iowa and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies, International Business, and Spanish from the University of Iowa. She is an integral part of the business operations and marketing initiatives for their Pillar To Post franchise and can often be found at local realtor events or stopping in at real estate offices in the area.

In 2016, Tim and Laura were the Pillar To Post Rookies of The Year, posting the best start up year in Pillar To Post franchise history. In 2017, they were also the Pillar To Post Franchisee of The Year. Additionally, in 2017, they were awarded the Affiliate of The Year for their local realtors’ association, Greater Northwest Indiana Association of Realtors.

They are also parents to 3 young daughters, Avery, Dylan, and Haven, and love spending as much time with them as possible, as well as traveling. Tim also enjoys building furniture and watching sports, and Laura is a very gifted cook and baker.


Licensed Home Inspectors

Our team of licensed home inspectors all operates under the ASHI (American Society of Home Inspectors) Standards of Practice. Each member of our inspection team is licensed by the State of Indiana to perform home inspections, Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspections, and radon testing.

Every Pillar To Post home inspector is trained in the classroom and in the field. You can have confidence in the fact that all Pillar To Post inspectors are required to continually upgrade their skills and to keep current with new technologies and professional standards. All of our inspectors carry liability and E&O insurance.

Brett Dull

Brett Dull

Brett was the first inspector to join the Tim James Team, coming on board in 2016, and now leads our inspection team full-time as our Senior Inspector. He is originally from the Crown Point area and attended Purdue University. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, and tries to travel with them as often as possible. He is also an avid Cubs fan and tries to catch as many games as he can.

Tim Fercik

Tim Fercik

Tim is originally from Northwest Indiana and currently resides in Crown Point with his wife and his two children, a son and a daughter. Tim serves our community as a full-time firefighter and paramedic for the town of Portage and joined our team as a part-time inspector in 2016. A graduate of Purdue University, he also has a Bachelor degree in Construction Management Engineering Technology. In his free time, he enjoys going to concerts and baseball games, traveling, and competing in races, including 2 Ironman competitions.

Justin Rose

Justin is from La Porte County and currently lives in New Carlisle with his wife and two young children, a son and a daughter. He comes into the home inspection industry with nearly 18 years of construction and trade experience, including six years in which he owned his own construction and roofing company. In his spare time, Justin enjoys spending time with his family, as well as being an avid outdoorsman.

Kenny Nichols

Kenny was born and raised in La Porte County, where he has spent his whole life, and he currently lives there with his wife and 2 black labs. He is also the proud father of 3 amazing daughters. In his spare time, he enjoys camping with his family and playing golf, and he is a huge Cubs and Blackhawks fan. He comes to the Tim James Team with 4 years of experience as a home inspector, previously having owned his own inspection business.


Client and Realtor Relations Managers

Our team of client and realtor relations managers takes care of all our clients and realtor needs regarding their home inspection services. From scheduling the inspections and helping buyers select their inspection packages to confirming access into the home and everything in between, they are a fantastic resource for our team and our clients!

Amanda Zandstra

Amanda Zandstra

Amanda was the first member of the client and realtor managers team to join The Tim James Team. She is originally from Lansing, Illinois and currently resides in Cedar Lake with her husband and two young daughters. Amanda has an Associate degree in Liberal Arts from Prairie State College.

She has always been passionate about real estate and her other hobbies include volunteering with her church, cooking, and spending time with friends and family. Amanda and Amber are sisters!

Amber Josephson

Amber Josephson

Amber is married and has two sons and her and her family live in Crown Point. In her spare time, she enjoys leading a Bible study and volunteering with her church, as well as spending time with her extended family. Amber and Amanda are sisters!

Megan Widstrand

Megan Widstrand

Megan currently lives in Cedar Lake with her husband and her four children: two daughters and twin sons. She attended St. Xavier University and has a Bachelor degree in Clinical Counseling and Psychology.

She is very interested in fitness and nutrition and is a self-proclaimed foodie who enjoys traveling with her family and decorating her home.