SIDE LAKE — Tom Johnson has switched his focus from electrical systems to safety inspections.
Former owner of Tromco Electric in Chisholm, he has expanded his business acumen by diving into and offering a new opportunity on the Iron Range.
Johnson sold the electric business — which began at the kitchen table of his parent’s home in Chisholm in 1981 — after 37 years. It went to one of his employees in 2017.
While he’s passed on the helm, Johnson remains a Tromco employee. He’s an estimator.
“Now I can sign the back of the check instead of the front,” he stated in a press release.
Although closer to retirement by selling the business, Johnson has decided to start a new one. It’s called Safe-T Inspections. It’s a home inspection service that provides pre-home inspections for commercial, residential and industrial clients.
Safe-T Inspections puts an emphasis on protecting people’s investment and leveraging the power of knowledge prior to purchasing a home, business or commercial space.
“There are a variety of hidden issues and challenges that individuals purchasing real estate are not aware of that can’t be detected unless you are knowledgeable about structures,” stated Johnson. “ … Hidden problems that someone may not know to look for or ask the right questions prior to making a large investment in the purchase of a home or business.”
Home inspections they offer include top to bottom evaluation of a structure, paying special attention to basements and attics, which are common areas where water intrusion can start.
A radon inspection can be provided above and beyond a normal inspection.
Johnson said the age of a home and its maintenance are important considerations and factors in a home inspection.
“I hope that my experience in the electrical trade and construction will help to identify potential issues or point out items that should be repaired prior to a purchase,” he stated.
Johnson is master electrician and certified by the American Society of Home Inspection (ASHI). A copy of an inspection report including photographs is provided within 48 hours to the client.
Johnson and wife Linda reside at Side Lake.