1st Choice Home Inspections was founded by Alison and Tommy Kirby in 2002. Before going into the home inspection business, Tommy worked in the real estate industry as an investor and an agent.

Tommy started his career in real estate by buying, renovating, and renting out single-family homes and multi-family apartment complexes. During that time he became a licensed real estate agent.

In 2002, Tommy was encouraged to help buyers by inspecting the homes they wanted to purchase. The home inspection business in Tennessee was unregulated at the time and buyers needed someone knowledgeable and trustworthy.

As a result, Alison and Tommy started 1st Choice Home Inspections and grew it into a multi-inspector company operating in both the Knoxville and Nashville markets.

Tommy and Alison Kirby | Owners | 1st Choice Home Inspections


Meet the team at 1st Choice Home Inspections

Tommy Kirby
Tommy KirbyOwner / Inspector
Tommy is the co-founder and owner of 1st Choice Home Inspections and has nearly 20 years of home inspection experience.

Tommy is certified by InterNACHI and IAC2 to perform home inspections, mold testing, radon testing, asbestos testing, synthetic stucco (EIFS) inspections, and much more.

* State of Tennessee license #217

* Member, International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI)

* Member, International Association of Certified Indoor Air Consultants (IAC2)

Tommy Kirby’s Training & Certifications
Alison Kirby
Alison KirbyOwner
Alison is the co-founder of 1st Choice Home Inspections. From the very beginning she has been instrumental in operations, making sure it was running smoothly.

After years of hard work answering the phone, setting appointments, and managing the office, Alison stepped back to raise five amazing children, which included home schooling. More hard work!

Now Alison is back working part time with 1st Choice Home Inspections, helping out on the phones when needed and keeping us on track.

Marc Bowman
Marc BowmanGeneral Manager
Marc and his wife, Ann, hired Tommy to do a home inspection back in 2006. Afterwards, they quickly became good friends.

In 2014, Marc and Tommy started a company together and then sold it in 2015. Yea!

In 2019, with a growing company on their hands, Alison and Tommy invited Marc to join 1st Choice Home Inspections as General Manager.

Marc takes care of scheduling, customer service, billing, advertising, payroll, reviews, and just about anything nobody else wants to do!