Cingo, Cornerstone merger creates largest home inspection company in Georgia
The merger of Cingo and The Cornerstone Inspection Group brings together nearly 70 years of experience to create a powerful new way to provide protection services required by homeowners.
With an expected 10,000 home inspections in 2019, the combined company is among the largest in the country and has the largest footprint of any home inspection company in Georgia.
“We believe this is the model homeowners crave,” says Lanny Allgood, CEO of Cingo, a regional home protection services firm founded as a pest control company in Dublin, GA, in 1974. Cingo began offering home inspections in 2018. “We built Cingo on the foundation of protecting families with pest control. Now we’re ready to broaden that to the idea that our protection begins before a homeowner even buys a home.”
Building on the strong reputations of Cingo and Cornerstone, the merged company will focus on homeowners and real estate professionals across Georgia and South Carolina.
The Cornerstone Inspection Group, owned by Brandon Ansley, has provided home inspections in metro Atlanta since 1995. Ansley will continue to lead the Cornerstone team as part of Cingo, and Cornerstone’s team will join the more than 100 Cingo team members based throughout Georgia and South Carolina.
Cornerstone, which has conducted more than 25,000 Atlanta home inspections throughout more than 20 years, will also continue to provide home inspection services under its own brand.
Allgood and Ansley, both graduates of the University of Georgia School of Law, found common ground in their personal beliefs, in the value of strong relationships, and how relationship-based service should be structured to benefit homeowners. While some on-demand services — such as those offered by Amazon and Uber — work well for some products and one-time purchases, homeowners typically seek more long-term relationships when it comes to protecting their homes.
“Ongoing relationships built on trust are essential for homeowners when protecting their family and home,” says Ansley, a member of one of Atlanta’s oldest real estate families. “The services our two companies offer belong together. We’re now able to offer our customers protection services throughout the lifetime of homeownership.”
Cingo provides home protection services throughout Georgia and South Carolina, including Atlanta, Augusta, Charleston, Douglas, Dublin, Milledgeville, Savannah, Vidalia, Waycross and all points in between.
“This merger is a natural next step in our efforts to carve out our place in the minds of homeowners who want to protect one of the largest investments they’ll ever make,” says Allgood.