Kalynn Rice recently became the first female home inspector in the area, and is one of only a few in the state. After deciding on a career change two years ago she is now a member of the Proview Professional Home Inspections teams.
“I basically grew up around the construction and inspection world 24/7,” Rice said. “I can remember after school and sometimes on the weekends the family would come together to help out on the construction site whether it was riding on the backhoe, painting, staining, installing insulation — you name it, we did it.”
Rice’s stepfather Mike Paris is the owner/operator of the business and is the reason she decided to join the team.
Paris said as a home inspector for more than 21 years, he can say that Rice is exceptional at her job and he is glad to have her on the team. After completing the requirements of the state, Rice shadowed her stepfather for extensive training.
She also had to attend a pre-licensing course for a week in Louisville, where she had to have 49 hours of in-classroom training and 16 hours of in-field training in addition to passing a final exam. After receiving the certificate for the pre-licensing course, she then completed the Home Inspector National Exam.
“Becoming a home inspector is not a simple task; it’s actually quite complex,” she said. “Being a home inspector is not to look at a few items and walk away, it’s way more detailed.”
Rice said Proview strives to give the client as much information as possible.
“For example, if we are unable to enter the crawl space, roof, or attic we use technology to do it for us,” she said. “At the end of the day, our job is to be there for our clients and provide them with an educational experience of their future home.”
Rice said being the first female home inspector in the tri-state area is a huge accomplishment.
“Working in a field that is mainly dominated by men is sometimes challenging, but you have to prove them wrong by showing and educating them you are capable of performing specific duties,” she said. “As a woman, I think I bring more to the table because women naturally pay more attention to detail and safety concerns that could harm you or your children. I strive to encourage other women out there to achieve their dreams that may seem impossible to yourself and others but instead prove them wrong and show them it is possible.”