Our staff

Who We Are

Our staff is made up of highly qualified individuals who have broad backgrounds and certifications. 

Who We Are: Our Inspectors

Aaron Despres

Aaron, the president of Up-Country Building Inspectors, Inc., is a native of Harpswell and has a masters degree in geology. He also has experience drilling wells and building houses. In his limited spare time he hauls his lobster traps. In addition to inspecting houses since 2007, he has a strong interest in residential energy issues, including renewable energy usage and home performance.

Credentials

  • ASHI Certified Inspector, #248862 (Verify ASHI Status)
  • Member and past president of MeCHIPS
  • Certified as Building Performance Professional #5003841 by Building Performance Institute
  • RESNET Rater Certificate #MABEP-02
  • Registered Radon Service Provider, #RSM420
  • Certified Residential Thermographer, #201505191008

Steve Purdy

Steve Purdy has been a member of the Up-Country team since 1999. In 2000, he became a certified ASHI member (now designated an ASHI Certified Inspector). Steve has been a long-time resident of South Portland and enjoys working on home improvement projects, hiking and cooking.

Credentials

  • ASHI Certified Inspector, #203961 (Verify ASHI Status)
  • Member of MeCHIPS
  • Registered Radon Service Provider, #RSM411
  • Certified Residential Thermographer, #201505191010
  • Licensed Structural Insect Inspector, CMA#12720

Hugh Savage

Hugh Savage is the previous owner of Up-Country Building Inspectors, Inc. He has been with Up-Country since 1994 and has completed over 4600 inspections of residential and commercial buildings. While Hugh has retired from performing building inspections, he is still involved with the company in an advisory role. Hugh is a civil engineer registered in the state of Maine.

Credentials

  • ASHI Certified Inspector, #4963 (Verify ASHI Status)
  • Member of MeCHIPS
  • Member of the Indoor Air Quality Association, #10358
  • Onsite Subsurface Wastewater Disposal System Inspector, #467
  • Certified Residential Thermographer, #201505191009

Justin Bane

Justin Bane joined the Up-Country team in early 2011 to conduct septic inspections and well recovery tests. Justin returned to Maine after serving in the Navy for nine years. He has a broad background from graphic design to residential construction.

Credentials

  • Onsite Subsurface Wastewater Disposal System Inspector
  • Registered Radon Service Provider, #RSM422

Greg Moos

Greg Moos joined the Up-Country team in early 2015. He and his wife came from the DC metro area in 2004 to buy a bed and breakfast near Acadia National Park. They were fortunate Greg was qualified to handle nearly all of the maintenance in-house and didn’t have to hire contractors for their historic home. Greg has a background in residential and commercial real estate where he spent many years as a director of engineering, moving into property management and eventually obtaining his Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). After they sold the inn, performing building inspections seemed a natural fit for him to do what he enjoys most and does best.

Credentials

  • ASHI Inspector #257094
  • Registered Radon Service Provider, #RSM50900
  • Certified Residential Thermographer #2015051910011
  • Member of MeCHIPS
  • ASHI Certified Member

Tom McKenzie

Tom came aboard Up-Country in late 2016. His role at Up-Country is to conduct septic inspections and well recovery testing. Tom and his family moved to Maine from Alabama in 2015. He was previously employed in supervisory roles in facilities management of several large resorts and hotel complexes on the west coast, in the Virgin Islands and most recently, in the Midcoast area. Tom also served in the Navy for five years. He had been diligently renovating and updating an 1880s New Englander that he and his family live in. Tom is also a member of the Alna Volunteer Fire Department.

Credentials

  • Onsite Subsurface Wastewater Disposal System Inspector #767