Burgess Inspections, Inc. is a full-service commercial and home inspection company in the Richmond and Hanover, Virginia areas. With a combined 100 years of construction experience and a combined 50-plus years of inspection experience, you can trust that we’ll provide the information to protect your best interests. When buying, selling, or leasing commercial or residential property, trust the experts at Burgess. Contact us today at (804) 794-1423 to schedule an appointment.

Meet the Experts

Scooter Burgess

Scooter Burgess – Owner of Burgess Inspections

Scooter Burgess began his career as an electrician in 1974 and operated his own electrical contracting company for 8 years. In 1992, Scooter opened Burgess Inspections and has grown his business to become the largest locally owned building inspection company in central Virginia. Between fishing, spending time with his family, and supporting his college team (the Richmond Spiders), Scooter’s free time is just as jam-packed as his work life!

Tricia Kelly

Tricia Kelly – CFO

Tricia has been with Burgess Inspections since 1997. She started out part time in the office answering phones and booking appointments, but she loves being outside so she started working in the field with Scooter doing EIFS inspections. Tricia also enjoys working with people. As the company grew over the years to eight inspectors, Tricia’s position became full time. Tricia moved to Richmond in 1976 from Birmingham, Alabama. She is married to Pat Kelly, who played football at the University of Richmond and is now in the Football Hall of Fame. They have two boys: Sean, who also graduated from University of Richmond; and Brian, who attended University of Buffalo. Tricia loves football because the Kelly family was and still is a football family! In her spare time, her first love is gardening and canning the fruits and vegetables she grows. She also likes four-wheeling, snowmobiling, and skiing — on both snow and water.

Mark Lavery

Mark Lavery – Inspector

Mark Lavery has years of diverse experience behind him. Mark has previously owned a set design and construction business as well as a vacation cabin service. After working as an inspector for 11 years, Mark joined Burgess Inspections in 2011. Mark currently specializes in historic renovations in the Richmond area. Mark spends his free time snowboarding, rock climbing, or playing sports and enjoying the outdoors with his wife and three daughters.

Fred Papendick

Fred Papendick – Inspector

Before Burgess Inspections, Fred Papendick worked as a Class A Contractor for more than 35 years and gained valuable experience in the home improvement industry. He is certified in construction trades from Wor-Wic Tech College in Maryland where he also did some teaching. Fred joined Burgess Inspections in 1999. He has completed thousands of inspections in the Richmond area. As his photo conveys, Fred loves riding motorcycles! He also enjoys wood-working.

Bill Vara

Bill Vara – Inspector

Bill Vara was a self-employed general contractor for many years, where he worked in carpentry, repairs, power washing, and interior and exterior painting. He also spent time as an interior design consultant. Bill joined Burgess Inspections in 2001.

As a Buffalo native, Bill is an avid Buffalo Bills fan. He currently volunteers at Monacan High School as a Friday night football commentator. In addition to his love for sports, Bill possesses a great love for animals.

Mark Worsham

Mark Worhsam – Inspector

Mark began working in carpentry in high school. For 13 years, Mark worked as a contractor specializing in framing, siding, remodeling, and building additions, garages, and decks. Next, Mark worked as a project manager and an estimator, doing insurance restoration on water, storm, and fire damaged homes. Mark brought his extensive experience and knowledge to Burgess Inspections in 2005. Mark prefers to spend his free time up in the sky, flying his plane.

Red Worsham

Red Worsham – Inspector

Red Worsham joined Burgess Inspections 2012, and has been working in construction just about all of his life. Before joining Burgess Inspections, he specialized in insurance restoration work and general contracting work. Red shares his father’s love for all things aviation. When he isn’t flying, he is spending time with his wife and their daughter.


Mike Zuehlke – Inspector

Mike Z. has been an inspector with Burgess Inspections for a little over a year, but has been in construction for the past 35 years. Mike is Burgess’s only licensed Class A contractor on staff. Mike enjoys flipping house and remodeling homes in his spare time. Mike is originally from Michigan and likes to travel when he has the time. He is married and has a granddaughter and a new grandson that have him wrapped around their fingers.

Joan Walsh

Joan Walsh – Office Manager

As an Office Manager for Burgess Inspections, Joan has worked for Scooter since 2006. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Robert Morris University outside of Pittsburgh, PA. Joan has been married to Tom, her husband, for over 40 years. They have been residents of Midlothian since 1987 and have enjoyed navigating the inter coastal water way and the Chesapeake Bay when their children Becky and Tom were growing up. Today Becky Parker is a realtor and Tom Walsh, III is a Loan Officer. We are all things real estate! Family activities with her adult children and two grandchildren, Evan and Landan, are the highlight of Joan’s free time.

Kelly McKenney

Kelly McKenney – Marketing Coordinator

Kelly McKenney is Burgess Inspections’ newest office employee. She came on board at the end of July 2014 and is looking forward to working on our marketing and meeting new people! Kelly has been married for 14 years to her husband, Bubba, who is employed by the Virginia National Guard as a helicopter pilot. Kelly has four children, two boys and two girls ages 22, 20, 18, and 13. The family also has three pets: a 4-year-old Old English Mastiff named Delilah; a cat named Chloe; and a new resident, Elliot Hayes the guinea pig. Kelly enjoys all things summer — especially the sun, water, and sand — and enjoys spending time with her family and friends. Her hobbies include crafts, cooking, taking naps, and outdoor fires on her deck. Kelly also volunteers her time with the Family Readiness Group for her husband’s National Guard unit. This group helps families while their loved one is away from home, whether it be a deployment overseas or a Homeland Security assignment.

Why Choose Us?

Wondering why you should work with us? Here are just a few reasons:

  • Provide reliable service
  • Trained in the Carson Dunlop method
  • Fully insured
  • Maintain a top level of objectivity
  • Continually update our knowledge
  • Technically proficient
  • Treat you as we would expect to be treated
  • Provide an easy to read, detailed report
  • Make ourselves available after the inspection for questions or concerns
  • Promise you honesty and integrity
  • Answer our phones
  • Available for weekday and Saturday appointments

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Giving Back

At Burgess Inspections, we believe in giving back to the Virginia community that gives to us. As such, we support The Greater Richmond ARC, an organization that provides a continuum of programs and services for individuals with developmental disabilities. We’re also affiliated with the Women’s Council of Realtors in Richmond and the Richmond Association of Realtors.

When you’re making an important decision about a property, don’t make it without us. Contact Burgess Inspections, Inc. at (804) 794-1423 to schedule a home or commercial inspection. Be sure to check out our helpful resources and read our reviews (A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau) for more information.