Meet Welmoed Sisson
Welmoed (pronounced “VEL-moot”) has been learning about home inspections ever since her husband Bob opened up shop in 2003. Every evening, Bob would come home from performing inspections and would do a slide show of the day’s findings for the family. This informal training gave her a pretty comprehensive introduction to the home inspection industry.
In 2010, she formally joined Inspections by Bob as scheduler and marketing director. She attended her first InspectionWorld conference in Las Vegas in January 2010 and started earning Continuing Education credits even before becoming a home inspector.
In Autumn 2011, Welmoed began the process of earning her Home Inspector license by taking the required 72-hour training class. She passed the National Home Inspectors Exam and received her license in December 2011. She is an ASHI-Certified Inspector, and is currently Vice President of MAC-ASHI, the association’s local chapter. Welmoed teaches the Home Inspection Certification class at Frederick Community College (pictured above). She has also taught classes at ASHI’s annual home inspector conference, InspectionWorld. She is one of the few woman home inspectors in the country; according to a 2011 ASHI survey, only 1.6% of home inspectors are female!
A Different Perspective on Homes
Welmoed has learned a lot about how homes work by living in “challenged” homes she and Bob purchased. Since their first home purchase in 1984, she has learned how to operate power tools, how to diagnose problems, and how not to panic when something goes wrong (especially if Bob happened to be out of town on business and she had to deal with problems while also keeping tabs on their two children). She has learned to deal confidently with contractors, electricians, plumbers and other trades during the course of renovating and selling three homes, and contributed a lot of “sweat equity” during the process.
However, she knows that not everybody is intimately familiar with the operation of their home. When she is on an inspection with her client, she explains what she is looking for, and looking at, to help demystify the systems of the house. Since so much of a home’s operation is “out of sight, out of mind,” she helps familiarize her client with what these systems need in terms of maintenance or repair, so they can continue to keep their home in top operating condition.
Welmoed is Independent
Welmoed is a proud member of the Independent Home Inspectors of North America (IHINA). This means she has pledged not to actively market her services to Realtors. This means she is not permitted to do presentations at real estate offices, or even to buy a box of donuts for them. Realtors can (and do!) refer clients to her because they know she will provide a thorough and comprehensive home inspection. Still, the vast majority of business comes from clients who find her on the internet, or get a referral from a previous client.
Over the years, Welmoed has gained experience with:
- Construction (Foundations, framing, trusses, engineered lumber, fasteners, drywall, plaster)
- Heating systems (Electric, Ground Source, Oil boilers, forced hot air, hot water, in floor, radiant)
- Cooling systems (Ductless, conventional, high pressure retrofits, ground source)
- Electrical systems (Upgrades, re-work, grounding, communications, low voltage, additions, moves and sub-panels)
- Private septic systems (Gravity, pump, maintenance)
- Private Water Systems (Shallow jet wells, deep submersible wells, pump house and well pit retrofits, pumping & conditioning systems)
- Plumbing systems (Polybutylene, CPVC, and copper pipes, fixtures, well & septic, water treatment systems, tankless, conventional and zoned DHW)
- Hardware (Doors, windows, locks, fixtures, historic)
- Fireplaces (Flues, re-lining, inserts, gas retrofits)
- Insects & Vermin (Termites, Carpenter ants, Wasps, Carpenter bees, flying squirrels, snakes)
- Roofs (Flat, built up, asphalt shingle, wood shake, gutters & drainage)
- Insulation (Blown, Bat, fiberglass, cellulose, foam, rigid, attic, wall, pipe, crawl)
- Hazards (radon, asbestos, abandoned tanks, Lead, methyl chloride)
- Driveway paving, brick & flagstone patios and walks
- Heavy equipment (tractors, backhoes, trenchers, chippers), power tools, wire tracers
- Low Voltage Lighting (Solar, wired, high power transformers and long runs