A resident of South Carolina since 1974, Brad Tholen, his wife Lynda and their young daughter moved to Beaufort County in 1990. Their family grew to include a son, born on Hilton Head Island in 1993.
Previous work experience includes custom cabinetry design, construction and installation prior to which Brad spent 20 years as a radio broadcast professional and an award-winning recording studio engineer and producer. Brad started his home inspection career in August 2000 and has since inspected thousands of structures of all shapes and sizes. The skills Brad learned in his previous careers helped him to communicate complicated construction defects in a manner which is easy to comprehend. Clients and referral partners responded resulting in the development of a highly successful home inspection business. In 2013 is was time to branch out on his own and Brad Tholen Home Inspectors was born. The company was rebranded as Horizon Home Inspectors in 2017 as a result of his growing team of inspectors.
Brad and Lynda now love helping to raise their grandchildren, traveling the region in their "Glamper" and enjoying life in the Lowcountry like summer afternoons on the banks of the May River, a short golf cart ride from their home in Bluffton.
Brad’s accreditations include:
Taylor joined our team in 2017 as General Manager utilizing the management skills she has honed through similar businesses in several different industries over the last decade. Hers is the first voice you'll hear or communication you will receive from Horizon as she is the front line coordinator and the scheduling wizard.
She started her managerial path at the age of 17 as the stockroom manager at a popular clothing store chain where she spent 5 long years. After five too many Black Fridays she decided it was time to try a new industry. The next challenge for Taylor was Customer Relations Manager of a local Marriott hotel where she spent several years learning the ins and outs, ups and downs of the hotel industry. In 2014 Taylor decided to once again venture out and learn something new. She joined the opening team for a brand-new car dealership that had just been built where she spent the next several years as the Human Resources Administrator.
Taylor and her husband, son and daughter enjoy golf-carting through Bluffton and shopping in Savanah, GA.
Tom enjoys knowing that a home is well built.
Tom brings a lifetime of knowledge and experience in commercial and residential construction, as well as historical preservation and timber framing to the table. He was responsible for both the design and layout of corporate offices in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
Tom, an accomplished watercolor artist, along with his wife Carrie and daughter Gillian personally renovated an 1848 Pennsylvania bank barn, by converting it into their home and studio. They shared this special place with a field full of curious llamas. This hands-on experience has proven to be invaluable as a home inspector by having a working knowledge of every system within your home.
Tom and Carrie are happy to call the lowcountry and Hilton Head Island home. Their daughter, a Graduate Gemologist, now resides in the Metro DC area. She returns whenever possible to unwind and defrost.
Let Tom’s keen eye for detail work for you.
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Brandon was raised here in Beaufort County on the value of hard work, service to others and to community. His mother has been a local elementary school teacher for over 20 years his father dedicated 22 years as a serviceman in the Marine Corps.
Upon graduating from Battery Creek High School Brandon’s work career began with Terminix where he learned customer service and the skills needed to inspect homes.
In his early 20’s, Brandon set off on a two-year missionary service through his church to Sao Paulo, Brazil. There he served the people around him, even learning Portuguese. In addition, he learned invaluable skills such as dedication, honestly, responsibility, and charity.
In 2007 Brandon began his career in law enforcement with the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. As a law enforcement officer his greatest joy was being able to help the citizens of Beaufort County. Developing an eye for detail, Brandon became a detective in 2012, where he later became the supervisor of a detective division. Brandon also served extra duty as a crime scene investigator, and later a supervisor over the crime scene team.
After returning from Brazil, Brandon married the love of his life, and his high school sweetheart, Rachel. Together they have three children, who bring joy to their lives.
Brandon’s in-laws have been realtors in the Beaufort, SC area for over 30 years, and his wife has been involved in real estate most of her adult life. With the skills Brandon has learned throughout his life and his wife’s background in real estate, becoming a home inspector was a natural progression.
Brandon’s accreditation include:
Michael is a South Carolina native, living mostly in the Upstate and relocating to the Low Country with his wife Suzanne in 2014. Michael has also had the opportunity to live in and enjoy the people of Michigan and Texas.
Before entering the home inspection business, Michael and Suzanne enjoyed purchasing older homes and remodeling them for resale, with Michael completing many of the renovations himself. As a do-it-yourself kind of guy, Michael knows making wise decisions in big or small projects is key.
This experience led Michael to the home inspection industry. While upgrading and repairing his own homes, Michael gained invaluable experience in identifying damage and defects. Michael has spent five years in the retail home improvement business while, building his home inspection clientele throughout the Low Country.
Michael enjoys his time with his family, the great outdoors, coaching youth soccer, and riding bikes with his wife and granddaughter, traveling, camping, otherwise exploring, and just simply relaxing.
He loves serving his neighbors, friends, and family. Let him help you with your home inspection.
Michael’s accreditation include: