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Arlington, VA 22205

Jim Vaughn

   Jim Vaughn, Owner/Operator of HOMEAuthority provides pre-purchase residential and light commercial inspections in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. Homeowner consultations and pre-sale inspections are also available.

   Jim's home inspection career started in 1986 at HomePro in Falls Church, VA after working in both commercial and residential construction. During his time at HomePro, Jim was a classroom instructor in HomePro's Inspector Training Academy, and also field trained inspectors. In 1992 Jim left HomePro to open HOMEAuthority. 

   Jim is a member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) #101414 - currently serving on the ASHI board, and a Virginia Licensed Inspector NRS #3380 000287. Jim is active in the Northern Virginia Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (NOVA ASHI) and currently serves as an officer, is also a member of the Virginia Association of Real Estate Inspectors (VAREI) since that organization formed, and has served there in multiple board positions. Jim attends local, regional, and national conferences and seminars to to keep current on the latest changes in residential construction and technology and to maintain continuing education credits in excess of ASHI and Virginia requirements.

   Computer reports with captioned photos are standard. Reports can be picked up via the Client Login button at

Radon, mold and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) testing are available.

   Jim can be reached at 703.675.5452 voice or text, by email at or by filling out the contact form at

It's not just a home inspection - it's an education



ASHI #101414, VAREI, NOVA ASHI, Virginia Certified Home Inspector NRS #3380 000287


Full time inspector since 1986 with a background in commercial and residential construction. Currently inspecting in Northern Virginia and DC. Radon, mold, and IAQ testing, homeowner consultations and seller inspections are available.


Jim is the BEST. He taught me so much, and my realtor even commented on how Jim's inspection made him question all the other inspections he'd been at because Jim's was so much more personal and thorough.
- P.L., January 2022
Jim and his associate were very professional, and their customer service was amazing. Scheduling with Jim was very easy through the website, and he was able to come out right when I needed him. He did a highly comprehensive, thorough, and educational inspection. He provided a thoroughly detailed and easily understood report, which was easily accessible and downloadable right from the customer portal. In the report he provided great pictures and clear commentary for each issue. He also categorized the issues by major, minor, and general issues. This was extremely helpful for planning purposes. He also provided recommended contractors to assists with specific high dollar issues like roof, electric, and HVAC. Overall, I would definitely utilize him in the future and recommend him to others.
- K.R., HYATTSVILLE MD, March 2021
Jim was wonderful to deal with and very professional.
- K.T., May 2020
Jim has a ton of experience and knowledge and isn't afraid to dig deeper when he notes an issue. My buyer client and I really enjoyed working with him and we feel he did an excellent job with our inspection.
- J.K., November 2019
Jim Vaughn was very knowledgeable and his attention to detail was excellent. He took his time inspecting the inside and outside of the house while walking us through and explaining to us everything he find. I'll definitely use and recommend Jim Vaughn to our friends and family.
- J.R., October 2019
Jim was very flexible in rescheduling due to builder delays. He was also very thorough. And he discussed his findings directly with the foreman at my request. I would definitely hire Jim again.
- D.B., September 2019
Second to none Jim is THE BEST! He takes his time with my clients explaining the functions, how to maintain their new home and is always available after settlement for additional questions! He is my go to because he is the best!
- P.D., April 2019
Absolutely outstanding work and very educational.
- J.H., April 2019
Jim was absolutely wonderful to work with and provided me with a very thorough report!
- A.J., June 2018
He was extremely methodical and walked me through all aspects of the inspection. He went out of his way to properly inspect the roof and fence line. I have 100% confidence in his evaluation of my home and his recommendations.
- J.K., December 2017
Thank you for the very thorough report and the referrals!
- A.M., December 2017
He is THE BEST!! Hire this guy!
- I.M., November 2017
Thank you for all of your help, Jim! I would recommend you to anyone!
- M.M., Washington DC, May 2017
This was one of the most thorough inspections we've ever seen done. We were very pleased with your level of perfessionalism and technical knowledge. Thank you!
- J.S., December 2016
Excellent job, very thorough and answered all our questions. Came highly recommended and now we know why!
- E.H., November 2016
very thorough inspection
- M.S., October 2016
Wonderful inspector, Highly recommend Home Authority - they know what they are doing!
- I.M., April 2015
The BEST inspector around... you can't go wrong with Jim!
- I.M., Broad Run VA, April 2015
I was not surprised to see that Jim was previously an instructor as he took the time to educate me and my husband about all facets of our home during our first inspection. He was extremely patient with our questions and I learned a great deal. We sincerely appreciated Jim's commitment to ensuring we purchased the best home possible.
- B.W., June 2014
Jim, You are a very knowledgeable professional! Thank you for performing the home inspection on the condo.
- N.S., July 2013
Jim, Thank you so much for spending a dreary Saturday with us. You throughly inspected all aspects of my clients prospective home. As you checked for potential problems, you offered advice and recommendations to my client assuring him the house was sound and any minor issues he could even address.
- C.P., January 2013
Excellent work, and very attentive to details. I am very glad that he was able to survey this property and I would certainly recommend him.
- Q.R., December 2012
Jim was very thorough and professional. I highly recommend him.
- S.S., June 2012
Great job.
- H.N., April 2012
Jim was friendly, professional, and always willing to explain his findings thoroughly.
- B.P., Washington DC, September 2011
Jim was extremely thorough, patient, professional yet friendly. We highly recommend him and his services, and will call upon him again when buying our next home.
- L.L., May 2011
Great inspector. Took his time, explained in detail not only problems with the property, but also how to best maintain the property. I would defiantly recommend him to anyone looking for a quality inspector.
- J.V., March 2011
Very competent and thorough.
- G.G., February 2011
Thank you, Jim!
- R.G., January 2011
Jim was great explained everything that we were looking at in the house. He went above and beyond what a typical inspector would. I will be using him for home inspections in the future.
- A.J., December 2010
I love the way you do your Report! Also, Excellent job of Home Inspection. Thank you Jim so much..... Have a Happy Holidays. Nihal Beidas/ Long & Foster
- N.B., December 2010
I have been doing this for a long time and I love love love Jim Vaughn. Professional and a pleasure to work with! Always my number one recommendation! Pamela Dargue Keller Williams
- L.B., Fairfax Station VA, November 2010
Jim thanks for your excellent service, clear and simple explanations for my first time home buyer.
- R.G., October 2010
Very Professional and personable. I would recommend him to anyone.
- C.D., July 2010
Jim!! Great job.....thanks!!
- C.T., May 2010
Jim is extremely thorough and very knowledgeable. I have used him for many inspections and he is very insightful and knows homes and their issues extremely well. I recommend him wholeheartedly and without reservation.
- N.G., May 2010
I was very pleased with the quality and detail of the inspection. Jim was very patient and knew exactly how to communicate very technical information to ensure it was easily understood. His insight and recommendations were very helpful. I would highly recommend HomeAuthority to others looking for a friendly quality home inspections service. Thanks Jim!
- E.F., May 2010
Thanks Jim, you were great!
- B.B., Fairfax Station VA, March 2010
Jim took the time to explain what was wrong with the property and give me solutions. He even helped the contractor fix my washing machine!
- K.R., March 2010
Jim has a very keen eye and picks up on so much during his inspections. I recommend him without any reservation.
- N.G., February 2010