The BrickKicker - Columbus, OH

Providing Inspection Services for Columbus and Surrounding Communities.

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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 involve a visual examination or readily objective visual examination of readily accessible areas, physical structure and operating systems of the space.

This process occurs in a timely and efficient manner, giving clients the peace of mind to continue on with business.

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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.

Other Offered Services

Other Services We Specialize In

Radon Testing

Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. The Surgeon General has warned that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer, killing 21,000 people per year in the United States. You cannot see, smell or taste radon, however, when you breathe air containing radon, you increase your risk of getting lung cancer. Testing is the only way to find out your home’s radon levels. The EPA and the Surgeon General recommend testing all homes for radon. If you find that there are high levels, the home can be fixed. Even very high levels of radon can be reduced to acceptable levels.

Mold Sampling

Mold is a naturally occurring process that is present throughout the world. Some circumstances can provide adverse and potentially dangerous conditions to humans when certain species of molds are present in a home. Through professional sampling, the actual presence of mold can be determined and by what means would be necessary to treat the specimen found within the home.


Many homes across the country are subject to shared occupancy with pest, mainly for shelter but others may use the home as a food source. It is only through a thorough and professional pest inspection that one can be confident any unwanted visitors do not set up shop within the home. These tests and inspections are often provided as a specific service through an outside professional source and considered beyond the scope of the standard inspection or home inspection license.

New Construction

Most “New Construction” homes have undergone a rigorous municipal or code compliance inspection process, likely at least four “code” inspections. The BrickKicker new construction inspection goes beyond that, looking at the home for not only the functionality of the systems but those cosmetic and unfinished items as well. A new construction inspection will assist you with your Punch List creation and interpretation, helping to ensure your home is perfect before taking ownership.

Septic Inspections

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

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. Unlike many of our competitors, we do not charge extra for using the tools that we have on hand. IR thermography is included with every home inspection.

Certified Inspections

FHA, VA and 203K 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. The BrickKicker inspector is 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.

The BrickKicker of Columbus

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.

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.

Meet Your BrickKicker Team

  • Rod Berning
    Franchise Owner / Inspector
    Rod Berning

    Rod Berning

    Franchise Owner / Inspector

    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.

  • Doug Delaney
    Doug Delaney

    Doug Delaney


    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.

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