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The Successful Home Inspector Podcast Episode 169 Paul Magrone

Paul Magrone

Paul Margrone has written a really good home inspection book; The business of Home Inspection.  Paul is cool dude and you will like this podcast.

I would like to say that of all of the positions that I have held, the most important one has been being the customer. It is because of that reason that I promise to be prompt, provide quality service, be diligent and to treat my customers with the respect that they deserve. I know that is what you expect because that is what I expect.

Paul Margone is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina.

Episode 109 Mark Wahl The Successful Home Inspector

Mark Wahl
Mark Wahl

Prior to opening Waypoint Property Inspection East in 2006,  Mark Wahl  spend over 20 years in the insurance industry specializing in Claims and Risk Management services for both personal and commericial clients.  He studied Business Management while attending the University of South Florida and Raritan Valley College.

Mark completed his home inspection training at Kaplan Schools/Inspection Training Associates as well. He has over 300 hours of inspection training and regularly completes continuing education classes to ensure he stays current with industry expectations.   Mark has passed the National Home Inspector Examination.  He is an active member of the American Society of Home Inspectors and the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors. Mark posesses a Florida Home Inspectors License which is now required in the state to perform inspAdditionally, Mark is certified through the  Partnership for Response and Recovery (PaRR) as an inspector to assist FEMA with building assessments that have been affected by national disasters. Mark s certified by the state of Forida to conduct Windstorm Mitigation Inspections to assist homeowners in fortifying their homes against high wind events such as hurricanes. He is also a certified member of the Palm Beach County Emergency Response Team (CERT.)

Mark’s prior work experience has given him the knowledge he now uses when working with his client’s.  He ability to deliver the inspection information with care has endeered him to his clients and their realtors.  Mark’s committment to his clients has been a foundation to his business operating principles and why Waypoint Property Inspection East is Southeast Florida premier home inspection firm.  

Mark Wahl is being interviewed by Charlotte, Raleigh, and Asheville Home Inspector Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector

Episode 108 Damon O’Donnell The Successful Home Inspector Podcast

Damon O'Donnell
Damon O’Donnell

How we raise the inspection standards
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If attending the home inspection, you do not feel the home inspector provided you a complete and thorough inspection, and missed major deficiencies as described and outlined in the ASHI or InterNachi standards of practice, we will refund your inspection fee and pay for another inspector to perform your inspection.

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Here are just a few benefits of being a customer of A Pro Inspections:

  1. State of the Art Computerized Inspection Report with Color Photos – Printed On-site 
  2. Gain knowledge and valuable information concerning the many different systems of the home
  3. Gain Peace of Mind
    And Much more …

    We educate our clients during the home inspection, so whether you are a buyer, seller, or a current homeowner you will receive an unbiased opinion regarding the condition of the property. Our inspectors have completed some of the industry’s most comprehensive training programs. In addition to our State License, we take pride in the fact that we have achieved the certification designations that set us apart from many of our competitors.  We’ll provide you with information so you can have Peace of Mind.  Give us a call and experience the A Pro Inspections Difference … Where the Inspection is Just the Beginning. 


A Pro Inspections will provide home buyers, sellers or homeowners with the professional home inspection you deserve. 

Damon O’Donnell is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector

The Successful Home Inspector Podcast Episode 107 John Shishilla

John Shishilla
John Shishilla

Certified Master Inspector

  •  Active Licensed Certified Residential Contractor (CRC1330745)
  • Member of the Florida Association of Building Inspectors and the InterNational Association of Certified Home inspectors
  • Florida Licensed Home Inspector #21
  • Licensed Mold Assessor MRSA1544
  • Bonded and Insured including “Worker’s Comp Insurance”
  • Brevard Resident for Twenty-five years
  • Affiliate member of Space Coast Areas Realtors with SupraKey

John Shishilla is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector.

Episode 106 The Successful Home Inspector Podcast – James Gonte

James Gonte
James Gonte

James Marvin Gonte

Owner, A-1 Property Service Co.

A-1 Property Service Inspection Company

Miami Dade College

Miami/Fort Lauderdale Area

A-1 Property Service Inspection Company

Dates Employed – Present

Employment Duration25 yrs 1 mo

We are a full service license inspection company.
305-949-2332 Dade
954-847-2022 Broward
561-650-0212 Palm Beach
877-881-2022 Toll Free / 24 hours
786-512-1594 Cell / Text
786-513-8433 Fax
Web Sites: a1propertyservice.com, gotmoldgettested.com, gotradongettested.com and gotchinesedrywallgettested.com.

James Gonte is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector.

The Successful Home Inspector Episode 103 Sean Fogarty

Sean Fogarty
Sean Fogarty

Fogarty Inspection Services Group offers residential and commercial inspections and also includes thermal imaging services, mold inspections, mold testing and lateral sewer camera inspections. Sean Fogarty is an experienced and highly knowledgeable inspector and an expert witness. Clients choose our services because of his level professionalism, accuracy and attention to detail. He strives to be as thorough and accurate as possible. His reports are thorough and provided in a timely manner. They include detailed information about the properties current condition for our clients to review. Sean’s qualifications also include Level I Infrared thermography through Ifraspection Institute. He has years of experience using thermal imaging during inspections. Some of the applications for infrared inspections include Energy efficiency audits, finding roof leaks, plumbing system leaks, electrical system scans and uncovering moisture intrusion.

Sean Fogarty is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector.

Episode 93 William Chandler

William Chandler
William Chandler

We performed our first, fee paid, inspection in 1986 for the Resolution Trust Corporation during the S&L crisis.  We take great pride in being the most qualified and experienced building inspection firm in our market.  We are fully licensed and insured to provide any inspection you may need – pre-purchase, due diligence home/building inspection, WDO/termite, indoor air quality, water/lead testing, radon testing, code compliance, fire, safety, ADA, cost reserve schedules, repair/cost to cure estimates, asset verification, insurability/underwriting compliance inspections, cost replacement valuations, FHA 203K, weatherization, constructability reviews, new construction inspections, construction management and expert witness testimony…timely and professionally.

With us, you know who you are working with.  Unlike many web based firms, we do not subcontract your inspection to the lowest bidder.  If you hire us, we perform the inspection and we submit the report.  If you have questions, you speak directly to the inspector who assessed the building.

Our business philosophy is based upon one goal:  We treat your property as though it were our own investment.

We maintain TWIC security clearance from the Department of Homeland Security for access to sensitive areas such as ports, transportation terminals, DOE/DOD facilities, military bases, NASA and other listed sites.


William Chandler is our principal qualifier.  William has over 38 years of experience in building construction.  His projects have included heavy industrial, commercial/retail, heavy civil, heavy marine, airport, environmental remediation, multi-family and residential construction.  He continues to design/build distinctive custom homes for select clients.

William is also the principal qualifier of our sister company, 360PestControl which provides complete residential and commercial pest control services to our clients in Jacksonville, Orlando and surrounding areas.  Our pest control company is honored to be listed by the USEPA as a Pest Environmental Steward Professional (PESP); in fact, we are the smallest firm listed!  We are committed to responsible pest management and the protection of the health of your family and workers.

William is passionate about indoor air quality and he holds the highest certification granted as a Board Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant.  He is also a Florida Licensed Mold Assessor.  We assist clients in the proper identification of mold and indoor air quality issues using building science instead of hype.  We are proud to be a part of a select group of professionals who are capable of performing proper assessments.

He is the author to three books, Weatherize Your Home, Understanding Your Florida Home and The Realtors Guide to Home Inspection.  He is passionate about educating our clients on the condition of their property and making sure we are a resource to our clients.  He is US District Court Certified as an Expert Witness in the field of construction and construction management.  We believe his qualifications set us apart from our competitors:

  • Certified General Contractor
  • Certified Pest Control Operator
  • NFPA Fire Inspector I
  • HUD 203K Consultant
  • Certified Underground Utility Contractor
  • Certified Pollutant Storage Systems Contractor
  • Licensed WDO/Termite Inspector
  • Certified HVAC(R) Technician
  • Licensed Home Inspector
  • ICC Commercial Building Inspector
  • Certified Asbestos Inspector
  • Certified Level I Thermographer
  • Certified Tile Roof Installer
  • CertainTeed Master Shingle Wizard
  • Board Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (ACAC)
  • Licensed Mold Assessor
  • Licensed Radon Measurement Technician
  • Certified Lead Inspector
  • ASTM Certified Phase I Environmental Site Audits
  • Certified Asbestos Abatement Supervisor
  • Certified Stormwater Management Inspector
  • Certified Cost Reserve Specialist
  • Federal Railroad Worker Trainer
  • Competent Person – Trench Shoring Trainer/Supervisor
  • OSHA 40 Hour (HAZMAT) Trainer
  • US Army Corps of Engineers CQM for Contractors
  • US EPA Emergency Response Incident Commander
  • BS, Construction & Engineering Management

William Chandler is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector

Episode 74 Luis Figueroa

Luis Figueroa
Luis Figueroa

Luis Figueroa ~ Owner/President

  • Se Habla Español
  • Home Inspector # 121 – A.C.F. Home Inspections

                        509 S. Chickasaw Trail, # 118, Orlando FL 32825 – Owned and Operated since 9/2001

  • International Association of Certified Home InspectorsInterNACHI –  Current Proud Member # – NACHI05092895
  • Wind Mitigation Inspector
  • Wood Destroying Organism Inspector (WDO/Termite Inspector)

Employee of DL Pest Control # JE141205 (2006 – present)

  • Certified Commercial Inspector– CMI Approved School – Commercial Property Inspection
  • InterNachi Certified #05092895

Courses, Educations and Training:

  • Radon Measurement Technician – Earned – RADLINK – 1/2012
  • Advanced Wind Mitigation Inspection Training – Inspection Depot Inc. – 5/2011
  • Inspection Universe – 20 hours of NACHI –CEU – 3/2007
  • ACE III-Initial Disaster Housing Inspector Training – Presented by PARR– Partnership for Response and Recovery, a Contractor for FEMA – 8/2006
  • IRIS Certified – Earned designation as “Residential Inspection Specialist” – 4/2006
  • IFREC – ABC’s of New Home Inspection – 4/2006
  • IFREC – Home Inspection Program/course – 3/2006
  • Initial Mold Inspection training – through ESA (Environmental Solutions Associations) – 2/2006
  • The Inspection Depot training Institute –

Certified as a “New Construction Inspection Specialist” -11/2004

  • Ed Kolpfer – Schools of Home Inspection – Home Inspector – 2001


Additional Training Courses taken via InterNACHI :

  • Inspecting HVAC Systems      – Certificate Earned – 1/2013
  • Safe Practices for the Home Inspector – 1/2013
  • Radon Measurement Technician – 1/2012
  • How To Perform Wind Mitigation Inspections – 5/2012
  • WDO/WDI – 2/2012
  • 25 Standards Every Inspector Should Know – 6/2011
  • How to Perform Residential Electrical Inspections – Certificate Earned – 9/2007
  • Commercial Inspections – 2/2007
  • ABC Of New Home Inspection – 4/2006
  • Home Inspection – 3/2006
  • Basic Mold – 2/2006
  • Basic And Advance Mold Inspection – 2/2006
  • Roof Inspection –  11/2005


Accomplishments, Certificates, Memberships and Seminars:

  • Pro-Lab – Professional Partners Program – in good standing– 3/2006 to current.
  • Understanding Mold in the Restorpreston Sandlination Industry – Certificate Earned – SERVPRO – 11/2009
  • Electrical Inspection – Certificate Earned – 9/2007
  • Florida Association of Building Inspections Inc.

–          FABI Summer Seminar “Fishin for Knowledge” – 6/2002

  • Florida Association of Building Inspections Inc.

–          FABI Winter Seminar “Gearing up of the New Year”  12/2002

  • State of Florida Notary Public – 10/2005 – 11/2009
  • Pervious Affiliations:  Better Business Bureau (BBB) ,  Orange Regional Real Estate Association  (ORRA)

Osceola County Association of REALTORS® (OSCAR), Century 21 Preferred Vendor Affiliate

Luis Figueroa is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector

Episode 66 Bob Massanova


Bob Massanova

General Manager at SWF Home Inspections

Venice, Florida

Real Estate

Current 1.      SWF Home Inspections
Previous 1.      SWF Properties Maintenance & Mgmt Inc
Education 1.      University of Scranton



SWF Home Inspections

February 2003 – Present (12 years 11 months)

Buyer, Seller, and Investor inspections
Insurance inspections i.e. wind mitigation, 4 point and roof certifications
Mold testing, radon testing, infrared camera testing and home watch services


Additional Honors & Awards

Voted Best in Venice 2013 and 2014 – 1st Place – Home Inspection Company
Englewood Area Board of Realtors Business Partner of the Year in 2013
WCR Venice Super Service Award in 2013
WCR Venice Affiliate of the year in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014
Venice Area Board of Realtors Affiliate Honor Roll in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013
Venice Area Board of Realtors Exceptional Service Award in 2009
Venice Area Board of Realtors Chili Cook Off Judges choice winner in 2009
Venice Area Board of Realtors Chili Cook Off Hottest Chili Winner in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013 & 2014
Millionaire Inspection Community Better Your Best Contest Winner in Feb 2012 – $10, 000 and the spokesperson for the year
Name published in 3 inspection industry books

Bob Massanova is being interviewed by Preston Sandlin of Home Inspection Carolina and Ask the Charlotte Inspector