Tom Walther is a certified home inspector in the state of Oregon (OCHI # 1897) and a Structural Pest Inspector in the state of Washington (WSDA # 92668). Tom brings over 10 years of experience working with residential homes in various trades and contexts. When he was 15 years old, he gained his first job as a carpenter’s assistant. This is where he learned about construction fundamentals, and worked on projects including all aspects of home renovation, repair, and remodeling. After graduating from college, Tom moved to Oregon and worked several years as a telecommunications technician installing telephone, internet, and cable TV in homes all over Portland and the surrounding areas. He then moved on to work for the Energy Trust as a Home Energy Review Auditor, and helped to develop The City of Portland’s Clean Energy Works program, which enabled Portland homeowners to receive low interest loans to finance whole house energy efficiency projects. During that process he received much building science and renewable energy education, and was certified through the Building Performance Institute as a building science professional. This led him to then work as a contractor with an existing Portland based heating and cooling company. Helping to build up a new home energy retrofit division, Tom worked as sales person, project manager, and lead installer.
Tom earned his bachelor of science degree from SUNY Fredonia in New York state.
Tom decided to become a licensed home inspector so that he could use his education, experience, and professional skills to help people understand more about their homes. His focus on health and safety, energy efficiency, and building durability enables him to inspect homes from a building science perspective. Working with Nonprofit Home Inspections also enables him to donate services to low income families and other nonprofit organizations including safe houses for victims of domestic violence, weatherization programs for seniors, and affordable housing programs for low income residents.