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Preferred Home Inspections has been the premier home inspector for Delaware and Pennsylvania homes for over 20 years. Senior inspector and founder Clay Ridings is the founder of the Delaware Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and the Delaware Home Inspectors Association ( Be in contact with Preferred Home Inspections by calling (302) 475-4437 in Delaware and (610) 388-8438 in Pennsylvania.



Knowing the condition of the home you are buying is essential. The house looks good, and the seller’s disclosure is clear of problems. But even the seller may not know the true condition of the foundation, electrical system, central heating system, and many other components.

With such a large purchase at stake, you need to know about both major and minor problems. And you need to trust that your home inspector will thoroughly inspect and discover the details that can be so important. With over 10,000 inspections since 1987, we set the standard for excellence in the home inspection profession.




Our goal is to bring professionalism, knowledge and experience to our clients, helping them make the best educated decisions when buying or selling a property. Integrity, honesty, competence; these are not just words, they are the foundation of our business. My name is Clay Ridings and I guarantee it.


Clayton L. Ridings Delaware Home Inspector

Clayton L. Ridings Delaware Home Inspector

Clayton L. Ridings

ASHI Certified

Master Inspector

Mr. Ridings is the founder and first president of the First State Chapter of the American Society of Home Inspectors and has been one of the leaders of the home inspection industry for many years. Mr. Ridings is actively involved in the education of first time home buyers. He teaches regularly at first time buyer seminars and mortgage programs. His knowledge of real estate has helped many buyers avoid the problems associated with buying a home. Clay not only inspects homes, but also serves as a real estate investment adviser.  As a member of the New Castle County Board of Realtors, Clayton has been a 2-time Affiliate of the Year Nominee!


The American Society of Home Inspectors represents the difinitive standard for the home inspection industry. Certified ASHI members have met the most rigorous technical and eperience requirements in effect today.

Preferred Home Inspections Service Area:

Delaware: New Castle County, Kent County. Delaware.
  • Wilmington, DE
  • New Castle, DE
  • Newark, DE
  • Greenville, DE
  • Hockessin, DE
Pennsylvania: Southern Chester County and Delaware County. Pennsylvania.
  • Kennett Square, PA
  • West Chester, PA
  • Chadds Ford, PA
  • Boothwyn, PA
  • Garnett Valley, PA