About First Choice Home Inspectors, LLC

Charleton Goodwin president and founder of First Choice Home Inspectors, LLC

Charleton Goodwin, President & Founder of
First Choice Home Inspectors, LLC

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The founder of First Choice Home Inspectors, is Charleton Goodwin, CMI. Charleton is a Certified Master Inspector and a proud veteran of the US Air Force with over 20-years of related industry experience to include work as a mason and a builder. He brings the discipline and commitment of the armed forces to his work and in mentoring the next generation of home inspectors in exceeding current industry standards of practice.

First Choice Home Inspectors was founded to bring about a change in the culture of real estate and home inspections in the greater middle Tennessee area, bringing back southern values and a traditional approach to business in Tennessee.

For you, that means doing business face-to-face, where a handshake and a promise are binding agreements. It means you’ll hear “please” and “thank you” with sincerity. It means that when you hire First Choice Home Inspectors, the inspection is just the beginning.

Charleton and his team of inspectors, perform inspections with military precision. Their reports are detailed, easy to follow, and guaranteed within 24-hours. A team member is always available if you have a question, and you are treated like a respected friend, not like a customer.

Michael Comer and Charleton Goodwin

Tessa Goodwin – Owner/Office Manager

Clinton Goodwin & Charleton Goodwin of
First Choice Home Inspectors, LLC

OUR TEAM

Charleton Goodwin, CMI
Tessa Goodwin, Office Manager
Clinton Goodwin, CPI
Maung Pyate, Student Inspector
Bernie Randolph, Student Inspector

A Team Approach

At First Choice Home Inspectors LLC, the inspection is just the beginning. Every client that books an inspection with First Choice receives $25,000 in total coverage through the warranties that are included with every complete home inspection. To make the move easier a FREE home alarm installation is provided to keep the family safe, and access to Concierge Services via the Home Owners Network (HON),  help make the move easier. The top-to-bottom inspections with digital reporting provide a true insight into the condition of the home, and reports are guaranteed within 24-hours.

Buyers, sellers, and real estate professionals benefit immediately from our team approach to residential home inspections. This team is made up of customer service professionals, home inspectors, ancillary technicians, marketing professionals, accredited laboratories, and an extended team of warranty professionals to provide more value for every client.  The amazing group of professionals at First Choice Home Inspectors strive to provide an unmatched experience while serving the middle Tennessee community.

Achieving Worthy Goals

The goal at First Choice Home Inspectors LLC,  is to provide fair, unbiased, and accurate information for every inspection, and documented in a manner that’s easy to understand. First Choice strives to be an industry leader for all 26 counties in Greater Middle Tennessee area through experience, integrity, and service with a personal touch.

Today, the company’s southern-style customer service and attention to detail on the job form the pillars of the business. First Choice rises above competitors with a company-wide mandate to excel at educating homeowners, exceed standards of practice, exceeding expectations,  and to use the latest technology and resources in the home inspection industry to provide the best inspection and experience for every client.  Providing great service to you is their call-to-action; thanking you for choosing First Choice is part of that service.

Experience and Tools You Can Trust

The team of inspectors and technicians at First Choice Home Inspectors, is led by Charleton Goodwin, CMI. Charleton is a Certified Master Inspector that has been board certified by the Master Certification Board with InterNACHI, in February of 2019. CMI’s are recognized as the industry’s most competent inspectors. All CMIs have completed at least 1,000 fee-paid inspections and/or hours of training and education combined, been in the inspection business for three years, abide by the industry’s toughest code of ethics, and vetted with periodic background checks. Not everyone can become a Certified Master Inspector®. Hiring a CMI means hiring the best.

Clinton Goodwin is a Certified Professional Inspectors (CPIs), through the International Certified Home Inspectors. 

First Choice performs the most thorough and unbiased inspection available in the greater middle Tennessee area. The First Choice is the Right Choice.

First Choice Home Inspectors employ proprietary reporting technology that allows you to access your home inspection report online within 24 hours after your inspection. You can also use the Create Request List™ (CRL™), with which you and your real estate agent can select items from the inspection report or summary to add to a repair/replace list to send to the seller. Try a live demo now.


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Michelle Brumbalow Parham
Michelle Brumbalow Parham
2019-08-10T23:24:49+0000
We had Charleton complete a home inspection on our home prior to our 11 month walk thru with our builder. He was very thorough and kept us very informed as he was completing the inspection. After receiving our detailed inspection report we were very pleased with all of the documentation including photos and videos as needed. We feel we are now ready to meet with our builder and can feel confident we know the items that need and SHOULD be repaired by the builder. If you are looking for a home inspection done precisely and all areas thoroughly recommend First Choice Home Inspectors LLC.read more
Natalie Henshilwood
Natalie Henshilwood
2019-03-08T21:15:34+0000
Quick response, highly recommended inspector, very detailed and organized. Explained the process clearly to my client.
Kathryn Wright
Kathryn Wright
2019-02-09T00:21:07+0000
If you need an quality home inspection call Charleton and his team at First Choice Home Inspectors. They will handle your home inspection in a professional and timely manor with a smile.read more
Beau G. Brown
Beau G. Brown
2019-02-08T23:07:44+0000
Great, hard-working and honest people. Definitely the best value in their industry.
Josh Lee
Josh Lee
2018-07-13T21:19:25+0000
I met with Charleton today to discuss an inspection he had done on an investment property I had under contract. I was impressed with the service and time he gave me concerning the property. He kept me informed and has always been fast and responsive in communicating.read more
Michael Borkstrom
Michael Borkstrom
2018-06-30T13:27:23+0000
We had a great experience with Charleton. Excellent service. I highly recommend First Choice for your home inspection.
Michael Spaargaren
Michael Spaargaren
2018-06-05T19:07:56+0000
Keep up the good work fellas!
Patricia A Blaisdell
Patricia A Blaisdell
2018-03-17T23:31:37+0000
We would like to thank First Choice Home Inspectors for the outstanding inspection they performed on our selected home, finding water damaged and damp floors in the basement, along with significant foundation settling and cracking, which had led to wall cracking and separation. This was a half million dollar home, and thanks to their expertise, they saved us many thousands of dollars in repairs and significant problems. With their detailed report we were able to cancel our contract with full return of earnest money. We will use their services again to review our next potential purchase. Thanks again for the excellent job!read more
Joey Joco Berta
Joey Joco Berta
2018-02-24T14:18:34+0000
Chaz Cullors
Chaz Cullors
2018-02-23T12:42:18+0000
Brian Fox
Brian Fox
2018-02-23T11:42:37+0000
Need an inspection? There is only one choice and that's First Choice!
Ryan Cantrell
Ryan Cantrell
2018-02-23T05:57:14+0000
Top notch service you won’t find just anywhere. Give them a call for any inspection needs you have.
Tom George
Tom George
2018-02-23T05:31:11+0000
First Choice Home Inspectors LLC has been an absolute pleasure to work with. You can see the dedication to their clients and the desire to provide the best service. They have really set the bar for home inspectors!read more
Desmond Thornton
Desmond Thornton
2018-02-23T05:16:38+0000
Jeffrey Perry
Jeffrey Perry
2018-02-23T05:10:57+0000
Mark Jones
Mark Jones
2018-02-23T05:10:01+0000
Their business name is first choice but they should be your only choice when choosing a home inspector. Unbiased opinions and quality, thorough reporting paired with exensive training and continuing education. Makes choosing First Choice Home Inspectors LLC. The best choice.read more
Joshua Bixler
Joshua Bixler
2018-02-23T04:45:03+0000
Charleton is awesome. You can see the passion he has for helping people through his work.
Megan Riley Wilson
Megan Riley Wilson
2018-02-23T04:29:42+0000
A true professional in this industry! Thanks for all you do.
Anthony TruSoul Moore
Anthony TruSoul Moore
2018-02-19T19:54:23+0000
Awesome team and excellent service provided by these guys! I highly recommend their service if you are looking for a thorough home inspection!read more
Joe Mishak
Joe Mishak
2017-12-23T18:56:10+0000
Chris Passino
Chris Passino
2017-12-14T01:07:25+0000
As a home inspector myself I know that first choice home inspectors provide quality service and really care about their clients. I would recommend them to anyone looking for an honest inspection.read more
Dustin Zick
Dustin Zick
2017-12-08T02:52:22+0000
Excellent inspector with great knowledge! Very professional inspection company!
Chris Higginbotham
Chris Higginbotham
2017-11-08T01:35:17+0000
Bill Forrest
Bill Forrest
2017-10-31T17:09:40+0000
Adam J. Horvath
Adam J. Horvath
2017-10-31T15:27:13+0000
Stacy Harman
Stacy Harman
2017-10-30T15:29:49+0000
If you want a job done right by honest, hardworking people who aim to please call First Choice Home Inspectors.
Daniel Rosche
Daniel Rosche
2017-10-05T19:14:56+0000
I got to see Charleton and Clinton in action during a recent inspection, and they do a lot more than I expected. And they give free warranties eith their home inspections. Top notch business!read more
Lee Blaisdell
Lee Blaisdell
2017-06-29T01:04:36+0000
Charleton helped us with a inspection prior to relocating here from Florida. He was fast with quick reporting from Home Gauge. Call him for your next home inspection.read more
Clinton Goodwin
Clinton Goodwin
2017-06-29T00:43:25+0000
Charleton inspected a home for my wife and I for us to buy before moving from Florida. His report was easy to read, and we loved the drone shots. Would recommend First Choice Home Inspectors LLC to anyoneread more
Ashley Morton
Ashley Morton
2017-06-20T21:03:49+0000
They were priced way lower than anyone in my area. He was a very kind and I would recommend their company to anyone.
Authur Armes
Authur Armes
2017-06-20T00:11:06+0000
Extremely professional, easy to understand, and very knowledgeable. Charleton pointed out discrepancies I missed, and I had access to my report the same day. I highly recommend First Choice Home Inspectors.read more
First Choice Home Inspectors
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Erinn Elizabeth C.
Erinn Elizabeth C.
2018-05-06 18:23:32
If you're looking for a quality home inspection, performed by thorough and knowledgeable professionals, who keep you informed and confident when considering...

Murfreesboro Location

Rayna Phillips
Rayna Phillips
23:51 17 Sep 19
Charleton was Amazing! He came to do an inspection for my apartment on a mold issue and he came on a Saturday before 8 a.m. no less to take care of everything for me. Super nice guy with an extensive knowledge on what's what for home inspections. Overnighted my results too. For sure top notch service. Aces in my book Sir. You can't go wrong choosing First Choice!
Rod Graves
Rod Graves
23:28 01 Sep 19
As a realtor I have dealt with a lot of inspectors and none of them have been as in-depth to explain the process to the home owners and explain what they needed to do in the future to maintain their home. I plan to call or recommend him to all my clients in the future. He takes pride in his work and enjoys what he does and it about helping people not about making money that motivates him
Sabrina Booton
Sabrina Booton
16:10 27 Aug 19
Charleton is quite knowledgeable and will walk you through the inspection process. His reports are easy to read and understand and give you tips for future maintenance. I had two small issues that came up; he did not inspect the garage the first time out (we were very excited about this garage!) but came back another day and gave us that report. And the inspection report suggested a dedicated 220 volt outlet for a dryer that we requested of the home sellers. The dryer was gas (I had no idea). But thanks Charleton for a good experience! I do feel his personality shines through and he takes his job quite seriously. He is very friendly, just a great person and quite accommodating to my schedule.
Austin Jenkins
Austin Jenkins
10:47 19 Aug 19
Charleton was fantastic. I walked through the house during the inspection with him and he was very thorough and explained what he was looking for and why. He gave helpful tidbits along the way. He offers a variety of recommendations for other companies and states that you don’t have to use any of them and never feel pressured to. The report he gives is very detailed and thorough with tons of pictures. Great owner and a great inspector. Highly recommend.
Hunter Brothers
Hunter Brothers
01:00 02 Aug 19
Charleton did an extraordinary job walking me through his entire inspection process for my first home purchase. This experience was invaluable and more like a training class included with the inspection. I'd highly recommend Charleton to new and experienced buyers alike.
Jennifer Baggett
Jennifer Baggett
12:44 30 Jul 19
Charleton Goodwin was very thorough in his inspection. He has a great personality for the job and you can definitely tell he loves his job! He went the extra mile to ensure EVERYTHING was carefully examined and explained everything as he went. I feel very confident in his work and I know we, as New home buyers, made an excellent choice.
josh cochran
josh cochran
14:43 10 Jul 19
On time, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about the work. The detailed report is great with photos of every major item. Highly recommended!
Eric Meyers
Eric Meyers
14:48 09 Jul 19
Charleton and his crew was phenomenal. I purchased a home while I was still living in Louisiana. I hired them to do the inspection. Charleton stayed in constant contact with me, he was very thorough and provided detailed documentation. When I purchased the home, I felt comfortable going through with the purchase based solely on his inspection. I highly recommend him and his company.
Jon Wilson
Jon Wilson
13:53 07 Jul 19
First Choice Home Inspections provides an AWESOME Home Inspection. Very detailed, easy to follow. I will certainly be using them for anything in the Area that our Company buys in the future. Nice work !
Reginald Myrick
Reginald Myrick
20:35 28 Jun 19
I had Charleton Goodwin as my Inspector and was very pleased with the information and findings with his report on the home. Everything was easy to understand and the Inspector gave suggestions about each group of findings.
Beltfedarmorer
Beltfedarmorer
14:18 24 Jun 19
I couldn't be more pleased with the professionalism and level of detail that went into our inspection. They explained everything that they found, good and bad, as well as sending us a detailed report. The staff was very respectful to the home by wearing shoe covers and other gear as not to dirty or damage the home.
Jonathan Kelley
Jonathan Kelley
04:44 15 Jun 19
Charleston is very thorough in his inspection. Very friendly guy loves to talk and will answer any questions you may have. He really made us feel, as the new future home owners, he had our best interest in mind. Really just a all around great guy.
Tom Charles
Tom Charles
12:02 14 Jun 19
Great service. Charleton and his team did an awesome job, they gave a good description on details and insights. Very patient with explaining and answering questions. This was my second time doing business with them, so that says the first time went well, and I look forward to doing business with him and his company again. I would most highly recommend these guys
Cathrine Thomas
Cathrine Thomas
10:51 02 Jun 19
Charleton was our inspector and he was great! Very knowledgeable and informative with the process. And he provided plenty of pictures with findings. Thank you all so much!!!
Ryan Tiano
Ryan Tiano
14:08 28 Apr 19
Can't say enough about Charlton and his team. Setting the appointment was very easy, and I was able to get the inspection done in only 2 days, which was great! I had specific questions about the house I was looking to purchase and wanted to speak with Charlton himself because I was told he was a mason. Charlton called me personally and answered all my questions in a very direct manor, which I appreciated! I've had inspections before when purchasing a house so I can say from experience that this was much more thorough and complete. I can't imagine he missed anything. He took the time to explain everything to me as we walk through and around the house. I had the feeling that there was genuine concern for my well being and I will certainly be using Charlton again! He is a few dollars more expensive then his competition, but I am very confident that is a few dollars well spent. The home inspection is not something I wan't to go cheap on and I believed he more than earned every penny. The home inspection is not something you wanna cut corners on. Great job! Great guy! I would recommend him to anyone with confidence.
Jennifer Chappell
Jennifer Chappell
11:58 25 Mar 19
Charlton did an awesome job. Thirty page detailed report and the flash drive of pics of the I was going to buy n Decherd. Well worth the money. Charlton saved me thousands. Without the report I would have bought the house. Since the report found was very detailed I made the decision not to buy the home. It would be cost to much to get the home to my standards. Thank you again Charlton when I find another home I'm interested in buying I will b calling you again. Thank you again for being an honest business man with morals. It was quite refreshing to meet someone who isn't just out for the money.
Julia Steever
Julia Steever
17:46 16 Mar 19
Charleton made the inspection process so easy. I really appreciated him taking the time to answer all question we had day of inspection and even after! I would highly recommend and will be using his services for any future needs! He truly cares about his customers. Thanks Charleton!
Ben Steever
Ben Steever
17:44 16 Mar 19
Charleton was exceptional and exceeded all expectations. I would strongly recommend him to friends and family. he was extremely thorough and timely with his inspection!!!
Maverick Baseball
Maverick Baseball
13:26 10 Feb 19
Charleton is extremely professional and knowledgeable, performing the inspection with great care and in careful detail. He goes far beyond expectations, offering several useful tips and opinions that really make you feel that he is genuinely concerned for my awareness and well-being.
cmp924
cmp924
14:52 31 Jan 19
Great company! We live in NJ and are buying a home in Tennessee and by recommendation from our realtor we used First Choice Home Inspection to inspect our home. We were shocked when we got the inspection report how thorough it was. He even told us how many light bulbs were out in the house. He caught things that we totally missed when we were in the home the week before even noticing a chip in the master bedroom window. Thanks so much! Highly recommend!!!
daniel rosche
daniel rosche
16:27 23 May 18
Charleton is the best home inspector in middle Tennessee! This guy has a passion for what he does, and on site he was amazing! They gave us warranties, free alarm installation, and a bunch of other perks that no other firm has! I highly recommend Charleton and his team to anyone looking to buy or sell their home. They also have Radon and Mold testing too.
Boris Dimshofsky
Boris Dimshofsky
14:49 16 May 18
Charlton is always on "my" side with my interests and needs primary. My satisfaction is the upmost. Prompt, accurate, thorough, professional. Goes beyond just doing a job. I have a great realtor and inspector for my house purchase.
RJ2 Hearts
RJ2 Hearts
02:16 08 May 18
The owner is amazing. We bought a home that is very rural and needed someone ASAP. Be had no problem coming all the way out to do it on a weekend and short notice. He was extremely thorough, polite, and explained everything in great detail. I LITERALLY have zero complaints. Would highly recommend too anyone.
winwin maw
winwin maw
00:52 02 May 18
Charleton and Solomon were the right choice for us! They were prompt, thorough, friendly, and our report was delivered before their promised 24 hour turnaround. Worth every penny, and the only Inspectors to use in middle Tennessee!
DJ Tru Soul
DJ Tru Soul
00:50 20 Feb 18
First Choice Home Inspectors did an excellent job with my home inspection. The duo are both very thorough and take their time to make sure they examine every potential issue in your home. They also have great personalities and character. If you are looking trustworthy home inspectors in the Nashville area, please look no further. This should definitely be your "First Choice"!
drew barrett
drew barrett
16:42 07 Nov 17
First Choice Home Inspectors did a great job of inspecting a house I am looking into buying. They were very informative and spoke to me in a way I could understand. Letting me know the priority of different issues that they found with the house. Very professional and nice. Taking there time to make sure they did the job thoroughly and correctly. I would recommend them to any looking to buy a home or someone just wanting to make sure there home is up to date.
El Osborne
El Osborne
02:25 04 Oct 17
We just purchased our first home and cannot imagine the experience without Charleton. He was thorough, professional, punctual, and extremely kind. He is very safety conscious so when he goes through your home he's always looking out for you. He educated us so much on our home so we felt very prepared to maintain it well and keep it in perfect working order. If you need a home inspected, I highly recommend trusting Charleton with your needs!
John Burns
John Burns
16:19 26 Sep 17
Charleton and Solomon are the best! These guys provide warranties unlike all the other inspectors, FREE alarm installation, and all the other extras that just made our decision easy! These are the only home inspectors in middle Tennessee to call when you are buying a home or property.
Mary Sneed
Mary Sneed
01:15 20 Aug 17
They did such a FANTASTIC job!!! They explained all their findings to me, while they walked me threw it all!! Very thorough and friendly 🙂
lee goodwin
lee goodwin
01:09 29 Jun 17
Charleton inspected our new home for us while we were in Florida. We were able to book the appointment over the phone, paid online, and our report was ready within hours. His inspection played a significant role in our purchase. We would recommend his company to anyone needing a home inspection or a great home inspector.
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Cookeville Location

Mark Jernigan
Mark Jernigan
14:30 21 Jun 18
Just a quick note to say thanks to you and your team for all the work you put in to help our family during this stressful home purchase. This journey has not been easy, but we are so glad we chose you and your team for our home inspection and mold testing. Thank you for looking out for your family! We highly recommend you and your team to anyone in middle Tennessee buying or selling a home. You guys are the best!
Cindy Whitaker
Cindy Whitaker
17:58 11 Jun 18
Finally a great inspector in Cookeville! Charleton was excellent! He did my inspection for me even though their schedule was packed. He went out of his way to get my report done the same day, and I got free warranties. The Free Alarm is being installed today, and I am so glad I picked First Choice! These are the only people to call for a quality inspection in middle Tennessee. P.S. Tessa in the office is super nice! - Thank you again!
Richard Matheney
Richard Matheney
17:49 11 Jun 18
Charleton taught me more about my new home in 20 minutes that I thought I knew after 20 years of owning houses. A really nice guy with a great staff of people in the office, including Tessa and Clinton. Charleton and Clinton did a great job on the inspection explaining their findings on site, and the report was an online report (we printed it). Our realtor liked these guys too, just good people. Call these folks for a good inspection with warranties. Highly recommended.
daniel rosche
daniel rosche
20:13 05 Jun 18
Charleton is the best home inspector in middle Tennessee! This guy has a passion for what he does, and on site he was amazing! They gave us warranties, free alarm installation, and a bunch of other perks that no other firm has! I highly recommend Charleton and his team to anyone looking to buy or sell their home. They also have Radon and Mold testing too.
John Burns
John Burns
20:09 05 Jun 18
Charleton and Solomon are the best! These guys provide warranties unlike all the other inspectors, FREE alarm installation, and all the other extras that just made our decision easy! These are the only home inspectors in middle Tennessee to call when you are buying a home or property.
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McMinnville Location

John Burns
John Burns
16:14 23 May 18
Our realtor suggested a local guy they have used for years, so glad we didn't use them. First Choice Home Inspectors are definitely the best choice I have made for a professional home inspection. These guys helped me a couple times now, and they are just great. Free warranties, free alarm installations, and we saved money on the home owners policy we purchased compared to all the ones our realtor suggested. Highly recommended as they go all over middle Tennessee. And, the owners are amazing to work with and always treating you like family.
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