Rob Donahue has been in the Real Estate industry since 1990. He started his career in the industry as a licensed Real Estate agent working for a large private company whose services provided residential sales, new construction and home mortgages. As the real estate market began shifting to buyer agencies and more educated buyers, Donahue sought out opportunities in the home inspection industry. The “part time” inspectors were not providing proper services for potential buyers during the home purchasing transaction.
So in 1996, Sure Thing Home Inspections (STHI), the new name of Investigative Home Inspections (IHI), was started in Lawrenceville, GA. Given his experience, Donahue was able to communicate with buyers and agents’ from the start, providing the service and professionalism the industry desperately needed.
Mr. Donahue went on to obtain ongoing training and CABO certifications with the GA Association of Home inspection (GAHI), SBCCI (CABO).
In 2004, Rob Donahue recognized yet another opportunity within the inspection industry pertaining to mold inspections. When Polybutylene and stucco issues began to surface, homes were found to have extensive water and mold damage.
Unfortunately, most (mold) damage is not visible during inspections, leading to an increasing concern regarding the health of homes and the people residing within them. Indoor air quality is now a major concern with buyers, especially mothers, due to the growing issues associated with child allergies and overall health.
Doing a visual mold check during a home inspection was nothing new, however there had to be a nondestructive way to locate the “hidden mold” often found within a home. In 2005, Rob invested in the most advanced technology in the detection for mold, a trained certified Mold Dog named Maggi. Though she has since passed, she gave Donahue the knowledge and drive to continue expanding his company to include not only mold, but Radon gas testing. His inspection force has grown to include multiple certified, professional inspectors who all have the same drive to help homeowners in their house buying journey.
Note From The Owner:
One thing I have learned throughout my years is that homes operate as a system. Everything interacts together, HVAC, plumbing, drainage and so on. As a Home Inspector I look for issues that can cause water intrusion that would result in mold. As a certified (ACAC) indoor air quality inspector, STHI works to identify issues whether it’s an older home or new construction. STHI only employees their own inspectors, we do not use subcontractors. We pride ourselves in being certified and insured.