Matthew Del Buono, CPI
Associate and Inspector
- Licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Home Inspectors, Licensed Home Inspector No. 10926
- Member of the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI), No. 13110806
- Certified Professional Inspector (NACHI)
- Certificate of Achievement, National Home Inspector Examination
- Graduate of National Association of Certified Home Inspectors Training Program
- BA, History, Loyola University New Orleans, Magna Cum Laude
- Purchasing Agent, Loyola University 2007-2011
- Audubon Institute, 2007-2011
- LSU Fire and Emergency Training Institute, Academy Graduate
- National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
- IFSAC Certified, Fire Fighter, Officer, Instructor, Fire Investigator, Inspector and Safety Officer
- FEMA Incident Command System
- Firefighter, St. Tammany Parish, District 1 2012-present
Matthew was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge for one year, then returned to New Orleans and graduated from Loyola University New Orleans, majoring in history.
Next, Matthew worked for Fire District one in St. Tammany Parish and the unincorporated area of Slidell, Louisiana. He’s been with the fire department for a number of years, starting as a fire fighter and now serving as a fire prevention officer (essentially a fire marshal) for the area. His duties involve fire investigations (fire origins, causes and terminations) and public education about fire prevention. Having served as a fire fighter, he values being able to make buildings safer and more fire resistant, lessening the dangers for both inhabitants and responders on the trucks. Understanding building construction and how different systems work led him to the home inspection field. And the fire department schedule of 24 hours on/48 hours off means that he can perform inspections when he’s not on duty at the station.
His fire investigation career has provided Matthew with the opportunity to learn about various building materials and how they function, increasing his ability to explain to clients what they can expect from different types of construction. And he especially values the historic properties that he’s able to work on. Many home inspectors in other parts of the country don’t have the opportunity to work with these highly individual structures.
Every day as a home inspector is different, a variety that Matthew greatly enjoys. He loves being able to really understand a home’s condition and deliver an unbiased opinion–a diagnosis–of each property that allows prospective owners to make the most informed decisions. A home inspector’s holistic approach enables them to see everything as a connected system and point out where further investigation or expertise might be needed.
Matthew is a hands-on homeowner who enjoys working on his own house for fun, making sure both the exterior and interior are in tip top shape. He’s adept at all kinds of construction and landscaping, and he and his wife especially like watching movies and listening to music with their new surround-sound system.
A little-known fact about Matthew is that prior to joining the fire service, he took a break from college, worked in restaurants and attended culinary school for one day. Hurricane Katrina walloped New Orleans after the first day of classes, closing the school and putting him on a different professional path.