I understand that range of feelings that come with buying a home; how thrilling it can be as you dream about a new location, imagining new living spaces, calculating the investment potential, and a hundred other factors. I also understand those nagging worries that can loom over us from the fear of the unknown!
Helping people have confidence in their home purchase and giving them the peace of mind that comes from bringing the unknown into view is what excites me about being a home inspector!
Throughout my formative years I developed skills in building and remodeling. Growing up on a farm in Colorado, I developed an instinct for construction, repair, and occasionally a little demolition! I’ve always loved building and was active in the 4-H woodworking project and earned a welding certificate in college as I completed my Bachelors’ Degree in Agriculture Education.
My wife, Kristey, and I have remodeled, repaired, and updated homes in Tennessee and Kansas. In 2001, we hired a contractor to build a log cabin for us near Smoky Mountain National Park which we held as an investment property for many years.
We also built our family’s home near Wamego. This time we didn’t just hire a contractor! We did the vast majority of the work ourselves! Together, my family and I (and occasionally a few close friends) refined and expanded our knowledge and skills in architecture, excavation (contracted out), foundation work, insulated concrete forms, rough-in plumbing, framing, welding and steel work, setting roof trusses and decking, roofing (providing labor alongside the professional roofer), hanging windows and doors, plumbing, electrical, hanging and finishing more sheetrock than I care to remember, cellulose and closed-cell insulation, EIFS, stone work (contracted out), tiling, painting, Geothermal HVAC (contracted out), installing cabinets, trim carpentry, and landscaping. We did this construction using nights, weekends and vacation days. It was great training to become a home inspector!
To refine my skills, in 2016 I also completed a rigorous certification course with American Home Inspector Training (AHIT) which included more than 120 hours of content training on home systems and 3 days of on-site training with an experienced inspector. Since that time I have completed more than 1,500 inspections and continue to learn and improve through my membership in the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). I use the most advanced mobile apps and technology for documenting inspections and generating reports that are concise, intuitive, and easy for my clients to read.
This broad and deep background gives me a unique skill set when inspecting a home. My experience in construction and my background in education translates into really enjoying the process of helping buyers learn about the systems and condition of their property purchase and how to best take care of this major investment.
I’d love to help you with your home or commercial property!