Meet Our Team
Solid Ground is a certified, licensed home inspection company that educates buyers and sellers on the condition of their home, top to bottom – inside and out.
Ground was established by Stephen and Erika Houmard in January 2006 and
have since conducted over 4,000 home inspections (as of end of year 2016). Having moved from Atlanta where we lived for 12 years, we're more than happy to inspect throughout the Charleston area. In fact, you're just as likely to see our inspectors in Summerville as in Mt. Pleasant or on James Island. Beyond metro Charleston, we'll easily travel from Kiawah Island to Awendaw to Moncks Corner and every place in between to inspect the home you're buying or selling.
Stephen Houmard, Certified Home Inspector
With almost 11 years as a home inspector under his belt, Stephen brings not only his technical expertise but his humor with him to (just about) every inspection and has a natural ability to connect with home buyers and sellers from all walks of life. If you're especially nervous about your big purchase or are the detail-oriented, analytical type who just has to know why the outlet doesn't work, Stephen's humor and knowledge will help put you at ease so you can learn what you need to from your home inspection.
Stephen is a Certified Home Inspector through the American Society of Home Inspections (ASHI) and is licensed as a Residential Building Inspector by the State of South Carolina #2046. For more information about ASHI, please visit them at www.ashi.org
. Additionally, Stephen is Infrared-Certified trained in the use of thermal imaging for residential homes using an infrared camera. Solid Ground Home Inspections carries E&O insurance.
While living in Atlanta, Stephen and Erika (and mostly Steve) renovated a 1950 traditional home and a 1920 arts and crafts bungalow both from the ground up. It was from this work that we realized Steve had a true talent for understanding how a house, and all its major systems, work together and that this knowledge would translate well into a career as a home inspector. From buying and selling the homes we renovated, we fully understand how important the home inspection is and have factored our learnings into the inspection service we offer today.
Interestingly, Stephen actually started his career in nursing and spent ten years in the medical field. During this time, he honed his analytical and systems-thinking skills, utilized a scientific approach to diagnose problems and developed his wonderful ability to convey conditions to patients in a manner that was both educational and comforting.
Ron McNally, Certified Home Inspector
Ron is a Certified Home Inspector through InterNACHI and licensed as a Residential Building Inspector by the State of South Carolina #48650. Additionally, Ron is Infrared-Certified trained in the use of thermal imaging for residential homes using an infrared camera.
Originally form Maryland, Ron and his wife moved to Charleston several years ago so they could be close to their children and grandchildren. Over the years, Ron has enjoyed a variety of DIY home projects which have grown from simple plumbing and electrical repairs to complete bathroom renovations and extensive carpentry work. As a result, Ron now runs his own handyman business (Chore Caddy). Additionally, Ron and his wife host Charleston visitors year-round in their bed and breakfast near Folly Beach and he is a certified golf instructor as well having taught hundreds of golf lessons over the past 20 years.
Previously, Ron worked in the nonprofit world for over 30 years. As a certified association executive (CAE), Ron handled the marketing, membership and volunteer relations divisions for several mid to large sized associations which gave him excellent experience in customer care and service. Along with his home repair skills and teaching experience as a golf pro, home inspection as a 2nd career was simply a natural fit for Ron. We are thrilled to have Ron on our team!
Brian Whitsitt, Certified Home Inspector
Brian Whitsitt is originally from Ormond Beach, Florida but
has lived in Charleston since arriving here to attend The Citadel in 2001. He
also went on to get a Master’s degree from MUSC in 2010 and has been working as
a hospital and private practice administrator ever since. While Brian enjoys
being able to work in the healthcare field and helping physicians and patients
along the way, he has always really loved being outside and working with his
hands. So, Brian has been training intensely to grow his skillset as a home
inspector with Solid Ground where he brings a meticulous attention to detail
that has been honed by his many years of building budgets and business plans
for large healthcare organizations.
Brian currently lives on Johns Island where he lives with
his wife, Erin, their two Labradors and their unbelievably adorable new
daughter, Ella. As an athlete growing up, he still enjoys playing basketball
with his friends, or any other sport, as well as fishing, biking, hunting,
running...anything outdoors! He also has an old ’51 Plymouth Cranbrook that he
likes to tinker with on the weekends. With his love for working with his hands
and his attention detail, Brian is quickly building a solid 2nd career as a home inspector. We are excited to have Brian on our team!
Service Designed With You In Mind
Erika brings over 12 years of marketing experience from corporate America having spent time at both Coca-Cola USA Foodservice and United Parcel Service (UPS) world headquarters in Atlanta giving her the knowledge and experience needed to head up Marketing and Business Development. One of Erika's responsibilities is to ensure that our clients consistently receive an outstanding inspection experience in a convenient and timely manner. Additionally, Erika is dedicated to understanding what home buyers, home sellers and real estate professionals want and need in a home inspection and is continually improving our services based on those insights.
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