Tom Walther is a Certified Master Inspector ® licensed in Oregon (OCHI # 1897) and Washington (WAHI # 2375). In addition, Tom is also a licensed Structural Pest Inspector (WSDA # 92668) and can sign off on pest and dry rot reports for federal loans. Tom brings over 13 years of experience working with residential homes in various trades and contexts, and has worked in thousands of homes in the general Portland and surrounding area as a Technician, Energy Auditor, Handyman, Contractor, Building Analyst, and Home Inspector.
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. This is when his unending interest to learn everything and anything about home repair and construction began.
Tom then earned his Bachelor of Science degree from SUNY Fredonia in New York State, which helped to reinforce a foundation in a scientific and technical perspective.
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 extensive 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 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 contribute towards offering sliding scale inspections for low-income customers and providing services for other nonprofits such as homeless shelters, and low-income housing. Tom’s dedication to serving and helping the community has been a strong value in his career decisions, which has ultimately lead him to become a home inspector and work with Nonprofit Home Inspections.