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 SheboyganPressJuly 19, 2009

A 4-Square Future

By Bob Petrie Sheboygan Press staff

Greg Liebig started 4-Square Home Inspections in Sheboygan three years ago out of necessity. After being laid off as an engineer at Watry Industries, Liebig had no job, no severance package and no new prospects in the engineering field.

"We started looking at careers in my field and around here, but it was slim pickings and nothing was really available at all," Liebig said.

Unemployment was running out, and with Liebig's wife, Theresa Christen-Liebig, going to college and their children still living in the Sheboygan area, Greg said, "We really didn't think relocation would be in the best interest of the kids."

After looking at several career possibilities, including opening a catering business, Greg and Theresa landed upon the idea of opening their own home inspection business.

Theresa had been working in real estate in Cedar Grove and knew a few contacts to get them pointed in the right direction. There weren't many home inspectors in the phone book, so there was room in the market. And they thought it would be a good fit for Greg.

"We had a little bit of an advantage when we started out ... and I knew full well Greg was certainly capable of being able to do a good job for people," Theresa said.

Greg, who considers himself pretty handy around the house, took a state home inspectors test and passed, and then a national test in Green Bay to earn his license, and in 2006 opened 4-Square, which operates from the couple's Sheboygan home at 419 Erie Ave.

The couple had to make some pretty big sacrifices to make the business happen. They borrowed money from their parents, sold a vacation cottage on Crystal Lake and parted with their Honda motorcycle for the cash needed to open.

"I couldn't very well put ladders on my Gold Wing," Greg said.

Business was slow at first; building a clientele took its time. Theresa's contacts in real estate got Greg in the door, and he took a thorough approach to his new career, applying many of the things he learned in engineering and manufacturing to create a business plan.

"I'm very big on goal-setting," said Greg, 45. "So when we started out the business we set some realistic goals and stayed focused on what's important, and made sure we had enough capital to get things going."

Slowly, 4-Square has grown, even in a difficult housing market. Roughly 60 percent of his clients are first-time homebuyers, and Greg said he prides himself on being meticulous in going through a home, to make sure the new owners know exactly what needs to be fixed, but also how to maintain the key

components of the house for comfort and safety.

"If you don't do things right, it affects a lot of people," Greg said.

Among his recent clients were Ray and Sara Miller, first-time buyers who are in the process of purchasing a home on North 28th Street.

"He did a real nice job; it was very thorough," said Ray Miller, 32, of 4-Square's inspection. "He really walked us through the house, and his inspection report was almost like a how-to guide to owning a house."

Theresa, 48, who earned her master's degree in counseling at Lakeland College, works part time in real estate and also makes the appointments and does the marketing for 4-Square.

The company has a Web site (www.4squarehi.com). which they say has been effective at bringing in clients, but it's the telephone (the business number is 451-4646) that she considers extremely crucial to the success of business.

"If you don't answer the phone, and you're not there to take care of people right away, they'll go to the next person on the list, and you might lose the opportunity," she said.

The couple recently held a thank-you picnic for their customers, with about 80 people turning out. "We're turning the corner," Theresa said. "The first two years is a difficult time in any business." Greg, who had been laid off from other engineering jobs at Tecumseh and Polar Ware in addition to Watry, offers the following positive advice to people who may also find themselves out of work and looking for something new for a career.

"Regroup," he said. "Step back, regroup, think about different options. Don't get so distressed when it comes to having to make a change in your life. Stay positive, stay focused."

Said Theresa, "It's a scary time when you lose your job and you don't know what's going to happen. But try not to lose perspective as far as letting it overwhelm you so much, and focus on moving forward."

Greg said that he really likes his new career, which is very important, especially after going through a career-changing event.

"That's the biggest thing to get across," he said. "Once you go through the sad phase of losing your job, you just stay positive and look forward to something you really enjoy doing. If you're in a situation where what you did before is no longer there, you're going to need to do something to survive. Why not pick something you'd really like to do?"

Reach Bob Petrie at bpetrie@sheboygan-press.com and 453-5129.

Uniform Dwelling Code Certification Achieved

Contact: Gregory Liebig

For Immediate Release

Phone: (920) 451-4646

June 11, 2008

LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER, GREGORY LIEBIG EARNS UDC CREDENTIALS

SHEBOYGAN, WI, June 11, 2008: 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC announces that Gregory Liebig earns the Credentials as a licensed One and Two Family Dwelling Construction Inspector.The Uniform Dwelling Code (UDC) is the statewide building code for one- and two-family dwellings built since June 1, 1980. The UDC is a uniform statewide code that sets minimum standards for fire safety; structural strength; energy conservation; erosion control; heating, plumbing and electrical systems; and general health and safety in new dwellings.

  • There is enforcement of the UDC in all Wisconsin municipalities. The following are not covered by the UDC:
  • Dwellings built before June 1, 1980 or additions and alterations to such dwellings.
  • Mobile (manufactured) homes which are instead subject to Federal standards.
  • Multi-unit (three or more) residential buildings which are regulated by the State Commercial Building Codes
  • Detached garages or accessory buildings.

A Home Inspection as defined in the Wisconsin Standards of Practice is NOT a code inspection. Most homes in our area would not be covered by the UDC simply because of the age of the home.

Greg Liebig, owner of 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC has Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and over 25 years of home improvement experience. My purpose is to educate you on the features of your home, show you items that can be improved, and point out significant problems that will need to be addressed. 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC provides quality home inspections throughout Sheboygan County and Parts of Ozaukee, Fond du Lac, Calumet, and Manitowoc Counties.

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Certified Indoor Air Quality Technician Designation

Contact: Gregory Liebig

For Immediate Release

Phone: (920) 451-4646

April 28, 2007

LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER, GREGORY LIEBIG ACHIEVES CIAQT DESIGNATION FOR HOME INSPECTION

There are 40-50 million people in the United States affected by allergies. Problems can even occur in new homes as they are built tighter to conserve energy. The result has been an increase in indoor air quality issues that can threaten the health and well being of today's families. Symptoms range from mild irritations for some, to more serious health issues for others. Mr.Liebig recognizes this problem and the need to provide services to help individuals and businesses discover potential heath issues that are affecting family members and employees. The Certified Indoor Air Quality Technician training will allow Mr. Liebig to perform the following Indoor Air Quality Inspections and Tests:

  • Identification of Allergens and the ELISA testing method
  • Other Biological Contaminants including Mold
  • Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) including Formaldehyde, Carbon Monoxide, Toulene, OzoneOrigin and common sources of VOC's
  • VOC inspection and testing procedures including the TO-15 equipment
  • Bacteria inspection and testing procedures for Legionella, Coliform, Salmonella, E. Coli
  • Overview of additional IAQ issues including Radon, Lead awareness and Asbestos awareness

Training was presented by Environmental Solutions Association on bacteria testing and testing for VOC (volatile organic compounds) as well as a review of other indoor air quality issues such as mold, radon, lead, asbestos, carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide. All of these issues are a concern of today's property owners.

Greg Liebig, owner of 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC has Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and over 25 years of home improvement experience. My purpose is to educate you on the features of your home, show you items that can be improved, and point out significant problems that will need to be addressed. 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC provides quality home inspections throughout Sheboygan County and Parts of Ozaukee, Fond du Lac, Calumet, and Manitowoc Counties.

4-SQUARE HOME INSPECTIONS, LLC
Where Knowledge Will Put Your Mind at Ease!©

Commercial Inspection Course Certification

Contact: Gregory Liebig

For Immediate Release

Phone: (920) 451-4646

December 1, 2007

LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER, GREGORY LIEBIG COMPLETES COMMERCIAL INSPECTION COURSE

SHEBOYGAN, WI, December 1, 2007: 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC announces that Gregory Liebig completed a continuing education training course pertaining to Commercial Inspections sponsored by the Wisconsin Chapter of National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (WiNACHI).The purpose of the certificationis to utilize the ASTM E2018-01 Standard Guide for Property Condition Assessment. This is the standard used to help buyers with the purchase of any commercial property. Commercial Real Estate, as defined in the Standard of Practice includes dwellings of more than 4 living units, mixed use structures, three living units and an administrative office, and structures limited solely to commercial endeavors, including strip malls, factories, offices, and industrial settings.The primary job of any home inspector is protect public safety during their inspections and report any issues discovered during the inspection. Educating the client during a home inspection is the primary goal of 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC.

Greg Liebig, owner of 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC has Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and over 25 years of home improvement experience. My purpose is to educate you on the features of your home, show you items that can be improved, and point out significant problems that will need to be addressed. 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC provides quality home inspections throughout Sheboygan County and Parts of Ozaukee, Fond du Lac, Calumet, and Manitowoc Counties.

4-SQUARE HOME INSPECTIONS, LLC
Where Knowledge Will Put Your Mind at Ease!©

6-Hour Structures for Home Inspectors Course Completion

Contact: Gregory Liebig

For Immediate Release

Phone: (920) 451-4646

January 27, 2007

LOCAL BUSINESS OWNER, GREGORY LIEBIG PARTICIPATES IN 6-HOUR STRUCTURES CLASS FOR HOME INSPECTORS

SHEBOYGAN, WI, January 27, 2007: 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC announces that Gregory Liebig attended a joint continuing education training class between the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (WiNACHI) and the Chicagoland Chapter of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors."Understanding and inspection residential construction is probably the most difficult challenge for a home inspector" according to Will Decker, President of Decker Home Services, LLC and the course Instructor. The major structural component of any home is the foundation which is not typically visible during a home inspection. The inspector must be able to look at the visible portions of the home and make a determination if there are underlying issues that may require further investigation. The course is designed for the inspector to recognize these potential defects in the structure by understanding different failure modes. If significant problems are found, it may be necessary to refer the structure to a Licensed Structural Engineer for further evaluation.The primary job of any home inspector is protect public safety during their inspections and report any issues discovered during the inspection. Educating the client during a home inspection is the primary goal of 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC.

Greg Liebig, owner of 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC has Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and over 25 years of home improvement experience. My purpose is to educate you on the features of your home, show you items that can be improved, and point out significant problems that will need to be addressed. 4-Square Home Inspections, LLC provides quality home inspections throughout Sheboygan County and Parts of Ozaukee, Fond du Lac, Calumet, and Manitowoc Counties.

4-SQUARE HOME INSPECTIONS, LLC
Where Knowledge Will Put Your Mind at Ease!©

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