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.  Established by Stephen and Erika Houmard in January 2006, our Solid Ground team has conducted over 7,500 home inspections in 16 years -- now that's a lot of houses! 

 

After operating as a single-inspector company for a few years, Steve and Erika expanded Solid Ground into a multi-inspector company based on increased demand for our unique, interactive style of home inspecting, now with a team of four excellent home inspectors working to serve the needs of home buyers, home sellers and real estate agents throughout the Charleston and surrounding areas. 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. 

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Stephen Houmard

Owner, Certified Home Inspector

 

With over 15 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.

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.

When not inspecting, you can catch Steve working on various house projects for his James Island home, out fishing or at the beach with his wife.  His son Michael just graduated from high school and went right into Marines boot camp (same weekend!) Three months later, Mike earned the title 'U.S. Marine' (fall 2021) -- Steve is so proud!

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 and is a Certified Remote Pilot as well.

Ron McNally

Certified Home Inspector

For over five years now, Ron McNally has provided peace of mind to home buyers of all kinds having conducted more than 1,000 home inspections throughout the Charleston metro area. 

 

Originally from Maryland, Ron and his wife moved to Charleston 10 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 hosts Charleston visitors year-round his bed and breakfast near Folly Beach. Additionally, Ron is a certified golf instructor 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 love having Ron on our team!

Ron is a Certified Home Inspector through InterNACHI and licensed as a Residential Building Inspector by the State of South Carolina #48650. For more information about InterNachi, please visit them at www.nachi.org. Additionally, Ron is Infrared-Certified trained in the use of thermal imaging for residential homes using an infrared camera and is a licensed Handyman as well!

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Brian Whitsitt

Certified Home Inspector

Brian has been conducting home inspections with Solid Ground for more than 3 years now. And when he's not inspecting, you can find Brian running his own company Sea Island Residential which replaces roofs. So of course, Brian is our team roofing expert!

 

Originally from Ormond Beach Florida, Brian has lived in Charleston since arriving here to attend The Citadel in 2001. He went on to get a Master’s degree from MUSC in 2010 and worked as a hospital and private practice administrator until recently when he parted ways to fulfill his dream of working in the outdoors. From his years in hospital administration, Brian brings a meticulous attention to detail to his home inspecting and report writing along with his natural ability to communicate effectively with people from all walks of life.

Brian currently lives on Johns Island where he lives with his wife, Erin, their two Labradors and their adorable daughter Ella and son Cade. 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 has created a whole new career for himself between home inspecting and roofing. We are excited to have Brian on our team!

Brian is a Certified Home Inspector through InterNACHI and licensed as a Residential Building Inspector by the State of South Carolina #49372. For more information about InterNachi, please visit them at www.nachi.org. Additionally, Brian is Infrared-Certified trained in the use of thermal imaging for residential homes using an infrared camera. Plus, Brian has a specialty license as a roofing and siding contractor in SC and is our team's go-to 'roofing' expert!

George Gaillardetz

Certified Home Inspector

Originally from New England, George and his wife relocated to the Charleston area in 2014 to be closer to their adult children and grandchildren in South Carolina and escape the cold northern winters.

 

Recently retired from 35 years as a general dentist with his own practice, George is now using his many years of experience in a demanding and detail-oriented career to help people in a different capacity.  What was originally just a just a passion for renovations and home projects has now become his next chapter. Based on his extensive dental career, George will no doubt be a thorough home inspector who can communicate easily with home buyers and sellers of all kinds. We are excited to have George on our team!

George currently lives in Mount Pleasant where he enjoys spending time outdoors. Instead of skiing and snowmobiling, you can now see George golfing, swimming and loving all that the Lowcountry has to offer. Plus, being closer to Florida means he and his wife can take the grandkids to one of their favorite destinations more often -- Disney World!

George is a Certified Home Inspector through InterNACHI and licensed as a Residential Building Inspector by the State of South Carolina #49802. For more information about InterNachi, please visit them at www.nachi.org. Additionally, George is Infrared-Certified trained in the use of thermal imaging for residential homes using an infrared camera.

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Erika Houmard

Owner, Business & Scheduling Manager

For over 15 years, Erika (and Steve) have worked to build Solid Ground from a single home inspector company to a multi-inspector company (since 2010). In terms of the day-to-day business, Erika manages the scheduling and all other non-inspecting aspects of the business so that our home inspectors are free to be out and about performing home inspections!  

 

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.

Prior to creating Solid Ground, Erika has 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. 

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