Rod Berning

Providing Inspection Services for Columbus and Surrounding Communities.

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Rod Berning

Franchise Owner / Inspector

Rod Berning

Work Experience
Rod has been the owner of The BrickKicker Inspection Services, Columbus franchise since 1994. He is an Accredited Certified Inspector (ACI) through the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and is a certified inspector by InterNACHI. Rod has performed several thousand whole house inspections. He is licensed by the State of Ohio to Inspect Wood Destroying Insects (aka Termite Inspector); perform Radon Measurement Services; perform Mold Testing and is a Level One Certified Infrared Thermographer. In addition, Rod is also recognized as a HUD fee paid inspector. His passion for the home inspection industry combined with annual attendance to ASHI's Inspection World ensures he can participate in industry related educational courses to improve his inspection skills while being able to share them with others in the industry.

Using his passion, Rod also trained home inspectors through a program at Hondros College, both as employees for The BrickKicker Home Inspection and as competitors. He can count as many as 20 different inspectors who are either still in the business or have worked in the inspection field.

Personal Information
Rod contributes his success both professionally and personally to his 26 years of marriage to his beautiful wife Lisa. She carries a strong sense of value and character that brings such a blessing to Rod and The BrickKicker. Rod and Lisa have raised four young adult children of which they are very proud. When he is not working, Rod enjoys traveling with his family (FYI his vacation goal to get at least one sunset picture during the trip), boating, watching Ohio football games, Columbus Blue Jacket hockey games, and re-watching old bad movies.

Rod Berning

Inspector

Doug Delaney

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Doug Delaney

Doug Delaney

Inspector

Work Experience
Since 2008, Doug has been a successful and loyal employee of The BrickKicker. He is a member of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and is a certified inspector by InterNACHI. Since joining our firm, he has performed over 2,000 full home inspections; is licensed by the State of Ohio to perform Wood Destroying Insect Inspections (termite inspector), Mold Testing, and is a licensed Radon Measurement Inspector. Doug is passionate about the home inspection industry and he regularly attends the annual Ohio Chapter of ASHI education conference so that he can continue to improve his inspection skills.

Personal Information
When Doug is not working, he enjoys Columbus Blue Jacket hockey games, Ohio State University athletics, cooking, listening to classic rock music, and trying to pick the winner of The Kentucky Derby. Doug and Rod (the owner of this inspection business) met back in college while both working in the food industry and have been friends since. It was Doug’s work ethic and commitment to customer service that convinced Rod to bring Doug into the inspection industry.

Rod Berning

Inspector

Josh Lafferty

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Josh Lafferty

Josh Lafferty

Inspector

Work Experience
Josh has been a successful, loyal employee of The BrickKicker Home Inspection since early 2016. He is a member of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and is a certified inspector by InterNACHI. Since joining our firm, he has performed several hundred inspections; is Licensed by the State of Ohio to inspect Wood Destroying Insects (termite inspector) and to perform Mold Inspections. Josh is also currently working on obtaining his State of Ohio Radon Measurement license. He is very passionate about the home inspection industry and attends the annual Ohio Chapter of ASHI education conference so that he can continue to improve his inspection skills. Prior to becoming a BrickKicker, Josh was self-employed as a handyman which helped him pick up the skills needed to be a competent home inspector.

Personal Information
On a personal note, Josh has been married to his beautiful wife, Shannon, for several years. The two of them have a strong faith based marriage and 2 young children who they adore deeply. It is very common for Josh to tell stories about his family activities during company functions.

When he isn't working, Josh enjoys working around his home with his tools, golfing, and participating in Boy Scout activities with his sons.

Your Trusted Home Inspector in Columbus

The BrickKicker in Columbus, Ohio is a professionally trained and certified home inspection firm you can trust. It’s operation started March 4th, 1994 as a registered company with the State of Ohio and is the oldest member of The BrickKicker National Franchise network. This operation services all of Central Ohio including the greater Metropolitan Columbus Area and it’s surrounding suburbs: Lancaster, Newark, Delaware, Marysville, London & Circleville.

Since inception, The BrickKicker in Columbus, Ohio has performed over 25,000 full home inspections and nearly 20,000 additional partial inspection services which are typically added to the inspection during the home purchase process. A list of services performed by this operation are listed in the services section below.

As a multi-inspector firm, all team members are employees of this operation and trained to perform home, termite(Pest), radon and mold inspections. Each employee is also a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). Additionally, all field inspectors participate annually in both company and industry related training programs while being backed by both an Errors & Omissions and Workers Compensation insurance policy.

On multiple occasions over the years, The BrickKicker in Columbus, Ohio has been recognized by The BrickKicker’s National Headquarters in Chicago, Illinois as a top producing or highest achieving franchise operation.

Internachi
Member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors
ASHI
Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors
BKU
BrickKicker University
Home & Building Consultant

The Inspection Process

  • Schedule an inspection by phone or online.
  • You are invited and strongly encouraged to accompany Rod through your home during the inspection.
  • You will receive his qualified opinion on the present condition, operation, and function of all major elements of the property.
  • Once the inspection is complete, you will receive a comprehensive report with a descriptive overview (including pictures) of your home from the ground up.

Our Services

How We Can Help You
Residential Inspections

Residential Inspections

Having a residential inspection has become a key step in today's real estate transaction. Whether a high-rise condo, adjoining town-home, multi-unit dwelling or a large estate; The BrickKicker has the tools and resources to educate our clients in making smart decisions.

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Commercial Inspections

Commercial Inspections

Looking to know the condition of a structure under consideration for purchase, lease, or maintenance? The BrickKicker Commercial Inspection, otherwise known as a Property Condition Assessment (PCA) will commit to being your consultant throughout your commercial property involvement.

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Environmental Testing

Environmental Testing

In today's world, consumers are more educated about the potential of harmful elements found in and around the places we live and work. The BrickKicker offers a series of different testing services that can be ordered with your inspection.

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Other Offered Services

Other Services We Specialize In

Mold inspections are where our trained inspectors come to your home and look for any signs or future signs of mold. Previous mold may indicate problem with water, which will come back when conditions return such as a leak. Also it could cause some people to have allergic reactions.

Pest inspections are conducted by our licensed professionals to perform inspections of building structures to determine damage or possibility of damage from insects, bugs, termites or dry rot conditions. The BrickKicker inspector is looking for wood invaders such as termites, beetles, and insects such as cockroaches or carpenter ants, among other pests.

Radon is a naturally occurring gas caused by the decomposition of uranium. This is found in our soil throughout the world. The challenge is, when a home is built over any level of radon the gas could enter the home. Scientist have proven that Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer but can easily be repaired. It is only through testing for radon gas can you determine a repair is needed.

While a traditional home inspection is designed to look at the elements of an existing home a new construction inspection can go one step further. The BrickKicker inspector is trained to also look at the quality of the construction and help you prepare the Contractor’s Punch-list. This is a list of items found in new construction which are either incomplete, missing or completed in a less than qualify manner.

Homes without municipal sewers or water supplies typically have to have their own source service. If there is a well it can either be a deep or shallow style. If there is a septic system several types of systems can be employed. The BrickKicker has the knowledge and ability to assist you with your well and septic questions and needs.

Thermal imaging or the use of infrared cameras has become a very widely accepted practice of home inspectors. It is yet another tool to allow The BrickKicker to help you purchase your home intelligently. The thermal camera can help identify thermal openings in your home, possible plumbing leaks in the walls, potentially damaging cracks leaks in the foundation or even issues under low sloped or flat roofs.

FHA/VA/ HUD203K are all types of loans which will require certain minimum standards be present before a loan is presented. Systems like: Heating, Plumbing, Electrical, Structural, Roof, Thermal and Weatherproofing all require certain standards be met. Every The BrickKicker inspector is HUD certified to provide the necessary documents for each one of these. There is no reason to call for one, two or every three different contractors to provide these documents.

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