Frank Hopton — one of our Licensed Home Inspectors


Frank Hopton — Old House specialist, co-founder, and Inspector Trainer

With over 25 years experience inspecting old houses Frank has developed training methods and materials for training home inspectors what to focus on when inspecting historic and antique properties. An inspection is all about informing you, the prospective new owner, what the condition of an old house is and what concerns are visible and observable to the trained eye.

We help you answer important questions such as: Does my antique house have antiquated, wiring, plumbing and heating systems? and Has this 100+ year old structure held up to the test of time or is there evidence that the years have caught up to it?

Exterior of an old house being inspected by our home inspector
conversation with our home inspector

We strive to provide every answer that we possibly can, continuing to answer your questions long after the inspection has concluded—just give us a call!

Every completed inspection is followed up with a detailed inspection report that is clear, concise, and informative—including numerous photographs to help you better understand what peculiarities your inspector has noticed about the home’s existing condition.

We invite our clients to join us during the inspection and walk around the house with us as we explain our findings and answer questions.

Old house being renovated and inspected by our home inspector

A Home Inspector Who Specializes in Historic Property Construction

Building practices have changed a great deal over the decades, sometimes radically—and Frank Hopton is someone who has put in the time and effort to understand how and why these changes have occurred. That’s because Frank is incredibly passionate about older homes, a fact that has held true for many years.

Frank has inspected homes professionally since 1995, but he also played a major role in the renovation and restoration of several historic properties, 3 of which won individual awards from the Providence Preservation Society. Prior to that, Frank was fortunate to be involved in projects with his father-in-law, Kenneth Parker, in Providence and on Nantucket Island, often working on historic and older properties- an experience which fueled his lifelong love for old houses.

American Society of Home Inspectors ASHI

Licenses & Certifications

Frank has numerous licenses and certifications in the field, including:

  • Licensed Home Inspector in Massachusetts and Rhode Island
  • Radon Measurement Technician certified
  • Wood-Destroying Insect Inspector certified
  • ASHI Certified Inspector (ACI)
Attic being inspected by our home inspectors

Time Off

When he’s not inspecting homes, Frank and his wife Monica love to travel—and their destinations often revolve around historic architecture. Frank also loves cycling and going to the beach. Most of all, Frank’s favorite way to spend his time is with his grandchildren.

Proudly Serving
Rhode Island & Massachusetts

We’re able to offer inspection services for older and historic homes throughout Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Depending on exact location, travel fees may apply.

At Old House Home Inspectors®, we have built a reputation on our superior knowledge of older home construction, providing first-rate home inspections that ultimately lead to protected investments for our valued clients. Contact us today to request an inspection.

Weekend appointments are available by request.