A Little Bit About Us
I took a different path than most to the home inspection business. After 10 years selling building materials, I was looking for a change. Prior to this decision I had seen first hand the good and the bad in the industry, through both my own home purchase and those of my siblings. I was confident I could do it with the right training.
My search led me to ASHI, the American Society of Home Inspectors, who as an organization set the gold standard for home inspections. In February of 2019 I attended the ASHI school. It involved a two week, in person course, that helped me bridge the gap between my academic knowledge of building materials acquired over the previous decade, and the practical knowledge of how they are properly utilized and how to inspect them. Following that, I took and passed the state required NHIE (National Home Inspector Exam) on my first attempt. I didn't stop there. I traveled to Nashua, NH, home of the Infrared Training Center's regional training center and earned my Level 1 Thermographer Certification. To have a level 1 as a home inspector is overkill, but that is the approach I want to bring to this business. I'm not content with just having enough knowledge, or only being able to satisfy the basic standards. Buying a home is one of the most stressful processes you can go through, and I believe everyone deserves the knowledge they need about the structure to make an informed decision. To that end, I also joined NORMI, the National Organization of Remediators and Mold Inspectors. They are to mold inspections as ASHI is to home inspections. I completed their Certified Mold Assessor Course and passed the associated exam.
Pennsylvania requires that anyone wishing to become a home inspector first shadow another inspector for 100 inspections. These ride-a-longs, as we call them, are essentially unpaid internships. It's a long process, but it was worth it. I was fortunate to discover Keystone ASHI, a local chapter of the national organization. It was there where I found inspectors willing to take me under their wing and gave me the hands on experience I needed to be successful and further the profession in my own right.