Patrick Walsh (License #3461) is a great home inspector and resource for homeowners in the Triangle, NC area. He serves Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill, as well as the surrounding towns such as Hillsborough, Mebane, and Apex. We were excited to interview him to see what home buyers and sellers should be on the lookout for while buying or selling a home.
Where did you go to school and/or grow up?
I grew up in Northeast Ohio, studied business at Kent State University, and relocated to Chatham County NC after college. I have a farm near Pittsboro, and have sold organic vegetables and chicken at the Carrboro farmers market for many years.
How did you get started in home inspections, and what do you love about the profession?
I have a done home remodeling and repairs throughout the Triangle for the past 25 years. I’ve helped many homeowners complete the list of repairs after their home was inspected, and a few years ago a real estate agent said, “You should become an inspector!" I love this job and sharing my knowledge of home systems with folks buying a home. I enjoy the excitement of searching for clues to tell the story of a home.
What makes you different versus the competition?
I have the experience and know how to talk with people. I realize that buying a home is an emotional experience and I try to help buyers put into perspective the condition of a home without being alarmist.
What are your favorite hobbies outside of inspecting?
Music! Music! Music! I have played and sang music my whole live. I’ve traveled the world to perform at many bluegrass festivals. I started the Kickin Grass Band in the 90’s and have released 5 CD’s.
What are some common difficulties you run into while performing a home inspection?
Sometimes sellers don’t realize what is involved with a home inspection. When closets, attics, basements, and crawl space areas are packed with personal items, it makes it difficult to inspect electrical panels, water heaters, HVAC systems, and more.
Recommendations to people who are about to get a home inspection?
If you’re having a home inspected, I recommend attending the inspection if possible. It gives the opportunity to talk about the home’s defects and prioritize the repairs. Of course the home inspection report will have many pictures, descriptions, and recommendations, and I’m always available to talk about the home even after you move in.
Where do you see yourself and your business going in the next few years?
I hope to continue inspecting homes for many years. I enjoy being a part of our triangle community, and I look forward to meeting new neighbors.
Pictured: Patrick Walsh scoping out a crawlspace for a client.