Harry Coates, CPI
Associate and Inspector
- Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors, Licensed Home Inspector No. 11046
- Member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), No. 17051626
- Certified Professional Inspector (NACHI)
- Certificate of Achievement, National Home Inspector Examination
- Graduate of National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Training Program
- BS, Management, A.B. Freeman School of Business, Tulane University, 1988
- Construction Materials Estimator, 15 years
- Food and Beverage Management, 20 years
- NDT Inspector, TesTex, Inc. 2010-2015
- Video Plumbing Inspector, 2016-2017
Born and raised in Louisiana, Harry grew up in New Orleans and graduated from Tulane University with a B.A. in business management. He worked in the food and beverage industry for 20 years, primarily on the beverage side. A career change took him to industrial non-destructive testing and inspection, which, like it sounds, uses a wide range of specialized technologies and analysis techniques to evaluate the properties of a material, component, or system without causing damage.
Harry performed this work at a number of chemical and power plants, and refineries, assessing the life expectancy of certain vessels, mostly tubular items such as heat exchanges, boilers, and other industrial equipment. After five physically taxing years, he segued into the inspection field and began doing video plumbing inspections. This work brought him into regular contact with Tom Axelrad, whom he had met earlier when they both worked together in the 1980s. With encouragement from Tom, he pursued the home inspection training and joined Axelrad & Associates Home Inspections. It was a natural fit, as his dad worked in the construction materials business on the commercial side and he was familiar with the industry.
What Harry enjoys most about the work is the opportunity to put his knowledge of the building industry and home design and construction to hands-on practical use. He’s pleased with the constant learning opportunities, “The more you know the more you realize there’s so much more to know.” Another benefit is the ability to create something of value and help people at the same time. He feels it’s rewarding to talk to home buyers, teaching them about the properties they are about to acquire and seeing their eyes light up with understanding. Harry appreciates that every property is unique and no two days on the job are alike. And although homes can have hundreds of conditions to report, Harry loves the challenge of balancing the level of detail necessary for thoroughness with the time available to complete the job.
When he’s not inspecting homes and properties, Harry loves to fish. His passion is off-shore big game fishing, and he recently landed a 250-pound black marlin on a charter in Hawaii. He caught a 450-pound blue marlin in the Gulf of Mexico. He and his wife Ali share their home with their dog, a Pug mix named Chauncey.