About

Hearthstone Home Inspections

At Hearthstone Home Inspections, we’ve worked tirelessly to earn and maintain a reputation that is as solid as stone, bringing superior home inspections to Southern New England. From comprehensive Buyer’s Inspections to specialized services for assessing environmental quality, we’ve got everything you need to start preparing for a real estate investment that will be financially sensible, safely built, and unquestionably the right fit for your family.

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With a dedicated team of highly trained home inspection professionals, we’re able to provide timely and dependable service that is trusted throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts

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We strive to provide every answer that we possibly can, fielding questions from our clients before, during, and after the inspection—we’re one phone call away for as long as you need our help

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You are strongly encouraged to attend the home inspection, putting the property’s condition into perspective by having an inspector walk you through each major finding in person

Meet Our Inspection Team

Brian Seely, one of our certified home inspectors

Brian Seely

Brian Seely has been inspecting homes since 2003, and he also has an extensive background in real estate appraisal—a perspective that has given him substantial insight into how to assess, preserve, and improve the condition of a home. Rounding out Brian’s industry experience is several years of work as an electrician, further reinforcing his expansive knowledge of home construction. Brian approaches his work with the utmost seriousness, but he’s always good at lightening the mood with his sense of humor, and you can count on him to communicate his knowledge patiently and respectfully.

In his free time, Brian enjoys golfing and sailing.

Education & Training

  • Electrical Technology Associates of Science Degree from The New England Institute of Technology
  • Studied business at Bryant College.
  • Completed the American Home Inspectors Training Institutes’ Master Home Inspector Course
  • Completed The Conventional Onsite Wastewater System Inspection Class offered by the University of Rhode Island’s Cooperative Extension
  • Successfully completed the Pest Control Certification course offered by Rhode Island DEM, with a specialty in Wood-Destroying Insects.
  • Completed the International Home Inspection Association courses for Deck Inspections and Inspection Standards.
  • For Appraisal Continuing Education Classes, Brian completed courses for Code of Ethics, Condominium Law, Contract Law, Lead Paint Hazards, and Understanding Exterior Construction and Components.
  • Completed Kohler Service Training for Residential/Commercial Generators and Transfer Switches
Mark Clements, one of our certified home inspectors

Mark Clements

Mark is in this line of work to help others, and there’s nothing he loves more than being in a position to teach valuable knowledge to families who are trying to protect their interests when buying a home. Mark’s customer-oriented approach is immensely appreciated by his clients, and he is often commended for his kindness and patience. Mark has completed thousands of residential and commercial property inspections, and he has hands-on experience in home construction as a flooring specialist.

Family means everything to Mark, and he enjoys as much family time as possible when he’s at home. Mark also loves to work on the restoration and maintenance of his historic farmhouse.

Education & Training

  • Graduate of Bishop Stang High School in Dartmouth Massachusetts.
  • Architectural Drafting and Interior Design Certifications at the Hall Institute.
  • Completed the American Home Inspectors Training Institutes’ Master Home Inspector Course.
  • Completed the National and Massachusetts home inspector exams
  • Completed the National Radon Safety Board exam and is a licensed radon measurement technician.
  • Completed the Massachusetts Title V course through New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission.
  • Completed requirements for Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection’s Title V inspector license.
  • Many continuing education and re-certification classes for radon, wood-destroying insects, and home inspection through Rutgers Agriculture and Natural Resources school, National Radon Safety Board, New England Pest Management Association, American Society of Home Inspectors, Tiger Lecture Series, Massasoit Community College and McKissock online training programs
Richard “Shunny” Ross, one of our certified home inspectors

Richard “Shunny” Ross

Shunny is known for his cool and collected demeanor, rising up to every challenge that a home may present so that he can kindly and effectively communicate the strengths and weaknesses in a home’s condition. Shunny has substantial experience in home restoration, notably restoring a 95-year-old gambrel colonial home. Shunny also owns his own custom woodworking business, and he has decades of experience in financial and client services.

When he’s not on the job, Shunny enjoys riding motorcycles and woodworking—and he has recently taken an interest in the construction of small boats. Boating and fishing have always been a central part of Shunny’s life.

Education & Training

  • Licensed as a Rhode Island and Massachusetts Home Inspector
  • Bachelor of Science in Finance and Quantitative Methods, Babson College
  • Graduate of American Home Inspectors Training, Home Inspection Master Course
  • Certified Inspector for Conventional Onsite Wastewater Systems, State of Rhode Island
  • Wood-Destroying Insect Inspection Certification; University of Rhode Island
  • National Radon Safety Board and State of Rhode Island Licensed Radon Measurement Specialist
  • Successfully completed the National Home Inspector Examination
  • Field training for 8 months with experienced Hearthstone inspectors prior to becoming an established inspector with the company
Vadim Jumara, one of our qualified home inspectors

Vadim Jumara

Vadim has a reputation for being incredibly detail-oriented with his work as a home inspector, a quality that is universally appreciated by his clients. Vadim’s determination to get the job done right is plain to see, and he goes the extra mile to conduct home inspections that accurately reveal the condition of every readily accessible square inch of the home. Vadim also has experience working as a government contractor performing U.S. Naval housing inspections and as a professional painter.

Vadim is a native Ukrainian and speaks fluent Russian. Outside of work, Vadim preaches at his local church in East Providence, where he is also a Youth Group leader. Playing flag football is one of Vadim’s favorite weekend activities.

Education & Training

  • Licensed home inspector in Rhode Island and Massachusetts
  • Completed 12 months of in-the-field training with experienced inspectors
  • Completed the American Home Inspectors Training Institutes’ Master Home Inspector Course
  • Successfully completed: the Pest Control Certification course, the “Conventional Onsite Wastewater System Inspection” and the “Conventional Onsite Wastewater System Inspection Field Training” courses offered by Rhode Island DEM
  • Completed the Radon Measurement Proficiency course offered by Rutgers and passed the RMT exam offered by the National Radon Safety Board (NRSB).
  • Completed many Home Inspection courses online with InterNACHI and Mckissock Home Inspection training
  • National Radon Safety Board Certified Radon Measurement Specialist
  • Completed Military Housing inspection training provided by Jacobs Engineering Group
Dale Cullen, one of our certified home inspectors

Dale Cullen

Just as Hearthstone Home Inspections is rock solid in our values as a business, Dale is rock-steady in his work ethic—providing an intensive evaluation of a home that accurately diagnoses deficiencies in the property’s construction. Dale’s superior mechanical knowledge is a tremendous asset to the team, as his troubleshooting ability is second to none when it comes to the more complex issues that affect homes. Dale grew up around home construction and remodeling, learning carpentry and plumbing from his father who was a licensed contractor. Dale also has experience as an auto collision technician, as a naval housing inspector, and he is currently a member of the Army National Guard as an aviation mechanic.

Dale loves to exercise, working out frequently and going running whenever he gets the chance. Dale is also a black belt, and clearly a very gifted mechanic who enjoys working on cars, trucks, and motorcycles in his free time.

Education & Training

  • Licensed Home Inspector in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.
  • Certified Inspector with the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
  • Completed the American Home Inspectors Training Institutes’ Master Home Inspector Course
  • National Radon Safety Board Certified Radon Measurement Specialist Course
  • Completed Military Housing inspection training provided by Jacobs Engineering Group
Luke Hopton, one of our qualified home inspectors

Luke Hopton

Luke is as reliable as they come, and his easy-going demeanor always helps our clients feel right at home. Writing is Luke’s passion and a natural talent, and we’re glad to have him as our Radon Manager, Marketing Manager, and Social Media Director—staying engaged with our clients and helping to ensure smooth operations across the board. Luke has previous management experience in the lodging and hospitality industry, and he is a former Youth Group leader at a local church.

In his downtime, Luke enjoys reading, hiking, and taking trips to Upstate New York. Luke is a family man who cherishes every moment raising his two sons with his wonderful wife Rachel. Aside from his writing duties for work, Luke enjoys picking up the pen on his own time as a creative outlet.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Science in History, Liberty University
  • Associates of Arts Degree, Community College of Rhode Island
  • Various Cyber Security Courses, including Information Assurance and Database Management from Norwich University
  • Mold Inspection course from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
  • Radon Measurement Proficiency Course From Rutgers University
  • Advanced Radon Measurement Service Provider course from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors.
Frank E. Hopton, one of our certified home inspectors

Frank Hopton

Frank Hopton is the owner and founder of Hearthstone Home Inspections. Since 1995, Frank has personally performed thousands of home inspections for satisfied clients throughout Southern New England. In addition to being a professional home inspector, Frank is experienced with the renovation and restoration of real estate, specializing in historic homes. With responsibilities ranging from project planning to construction management and hands-on labor, Frank has successfully restored numerous residences—three of which won awards from the Providence Preservation Society.

A hard-working spirit and strict attention to detail are hallmarks of Frank’s character, and he goes above and beyond to get the job done right for each and every one of his clients.

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Rhode Island
  • Licensed as a Rhode Island and Massachusetts Home Inspector
  • Earned the Home Inspector Certification designation from the American Inspectors Association.
  • Completed Certification Course from the Professional School of Home Inspections, Atlanta, Georgia with a cumulative average of 96%
  • Completed Introduction to Inspections & Inspecting Heating and Cooling Systems courses at the University of Rhode Island
  • Completed and passed the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) training and examination
  • Completed Home Inspector Training Course certification offered by HomeTech Inc. Bethesda, Maryland.
  • Completed Pest Control Certification for the State of Rhode Island.
  • Successfully completed the Radon Measurement Consultant course and examination conducted by the
  • Environmental Protection Agency.
    Completed extensive training with Jesse E. Perry, the President of Homespek Inc., consisting of hundreds of actual inspections of residential and commercial properties
  • Successfully completed the Wastewater System (Septic)
  • Inspection Course at the University of Rhode Island.
  • Attended the American Society of Home Inspectors “Inspecting Historic Houses” Seminar in Newport, Rhode Island.
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At Hearthstone Home Inspections, the last thing that we want is for you to come up empty-handed or to have buyer’s remorse once final negotiations to buy a home have drawn to a close. That’s why we offer a reliable home inspection that will give you the knowledge to make an enjoyable, successful, and financially protected investment. Contact us today to request an inspection.

Weekend appointments are available when requested.