Amelia Yates, CPI
Associate and Inspector
- Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors, Licensed Home Inspector No. 11036
- Member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), No. 17082106
- Certified Professional Inspector (NACHI)
- Certificate of Achievement, National Home Inspector Examination
- Graduate of National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Training Program
- BA, Sociology, University of Michigan, 2012
- Lead Carpenter, Doorman Designs, New Orleans, LA, 2017
- Property Manager, Valmont Investments, New Orleans, LA, 2014-2017
- AmeriCorps Site Supervisor, St. Bernard Project, New Orleans, LA, 2013-2014
Amelia hails from Michigan and was born in Kalamazoo. She attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and earned her degree in sociology. After college, Amelia realized that she wanted to work in the real estate or construction industry. She felt especially drawn to volunteering with nonprofits involved in construction, and she knew she wanted to be in New Orleans having visited family there and developed a passion for the city. She found an opportunity with AmeriCorps in New Orleans working post Hurricane Katrina with volunteers from all over the country rehabilitating houses. Next, she worked for a development company as a property manager. This proved to be excellent training for the home inspection field, requiring her to dissect and diagnose issues with the various properties in her portfolio.
For Amelia, one of the most rewarding parts of the work is the ability to continually learn. She’s always gaining knowledge and fine-tuning her skills. She feels it’s a privilege to work with the historic architecture in New Orleans–not everyone gets those kinds of opportunities. Amelia is fascinated to see how building techniques have evolved over time–she has the equivalent of a front-row seat seeing history at work. Amelia loves learning about every aspect of the homes she inspects, and she loves getting design ideas from the choices people have made in finishes, tiles, furniture, colors, and more.
Helping people is a great part of the job. Amelia appreciates that she is an objective, unbiased resource for people who may not have the knowledge they need to make the most informed decisions about the properties they are considering buying. And she feels her communication skills serve her clients well. She enjoys presenting her findings in a compelling, easy-to-understand way.
For fun Amelia likes to build furniture and she’s been known to dumpster dive in pursuit of scrap lumber that she turns into coffee tables, desks, TV consoles, and more. She’s an avid, skier, frisbee player and a connoisseur of architecture, volunteering at the Preservation Resource Center of New Orleans, an organization dedicated to “the preservation, restoration, and revitalization of New Orleans’ historic architecture and neighborhoods since 1974.”