MEET THE TEAM
At Ground Floor Home Inspection we truly believe in family. Our inspection reports are prepared with the safety of you and your family first and foremost. We also take very seriously your investment, and making sure we add value to your investment by providing you a detailed, quality home inspection report. Our inspectors believe in raising the standards of the industry, to disrupt the status quo. This is done by being part of a bigger team that protects, educates and is driven to excellence, so as to offer high quality home inspections.
We also take certification and education very seriously. Our inspectors must first be trained and earn certification with American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT). In addition, they must pass the National Home Inspector Examination and complete annual continuing education (primarily through ASHI - American Society of Home Inspectors). None of these are requirements in the state of Colorado; however, they are requirements of Ground Floor Home Inspection.
Chris Kjeldsen is President and Owner of Ground Floor Home Inspection. The company serves Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo, Teller County and surrounding areas.
Chris feels truly honored also be one of the trainers at American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT). Chris started his home inspection career being trained as a student at an AHIT class just like the many students he has helped succeed. It was at the classroom training where he found a true passion to succeed as a home inspector. He has since found this passion in helping other succeed as well.
Chris lives in the mountains of Colorado with his wife, dog, three cats, two goats and six chickens. He has two beautiful grown children. Chris spent many years in accounting management and operating a successful accounting consulting company. Chris is a classically trained clarinetist, coached competitive soccer, is an award-winning photographer, as well as a third-degree black belt in Universal Kempo Karate.
In addition, He loves reading and sharing the teachings of Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, Jim Rohn, Simon Sinek, Dale Carnegie, Napoleon Hill and many others. One of his favorite quotes is by Zig Ziglar: “You were designed for accomplishment, engineered for success, and endowed with the seed of greatness."
Hannah Sanchez is the Marketing Specialist and one of the Certified Radon Measurement Technicians for Ground Floor Home Inspection.
Hannah was born and raised here in Colorado Springs. Hannah comes from a family of five; she has a sister in high school who happens to be taller than her, and an older brother who is taller than her too. Hannah is blessed to have her parents and siblings all reside here in Colorado Springs.
Hannah is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have a toddler son who keeps them busy. Hannah is a first-degree black belt In Universal Kempo Karate and working towards her second-degree black belt this summer.
Treese Kjeldsen, Executive Admin and RTCA-Certified Radon Measurement Tech, has been helping owner Chris run Ground Floor Home Inspection since 2017.
You'll often be talking to her to schedule inspections, and she's busy with plenty of work in the background to keep things smoothly running.
When she's not busy with GFHI work, she is a professional music educator/performer and retired band director. Her performing instrument is flute although she also plays clarinet, guitar, and bass in different groups.
She enjoys her mountain home in Teller County including taking care of goats and chickens. Chris and Treese are parents to two amazing young adults, Dana the actor and Kitty Rhea, one of our excellent inspectors.
Joe Gardino is a Professional Home inspector with Ground Floor Home inspection, LLC.
He is a second generation Colorado Springs native. Joe has been married for over 30 years to his lovely wife Marty. They have two children, Adam who lives in Colorado Springs and Gabriel who lives in Savanna, Georgia.
Joe graduated from Wasson High School in 1985. He has worked various construction trades and odd jobs to include concrete and foundation installation, siding installation and parking lot repair. Joe has been working for Ground Floor Home Inspection, LLC since 2016.
Joe and his wife Marty also run a Branch of Universal Kempo Karate since 1990. Joe is a 9th Degree Professor in Kempo Karate and has been in the martial arts since 1981. Marty is a 8th degree professor and Gabriel and Adam are both black belts.
Joe also loves to play guitar and enjoys performing with his son Adam. They both competed in the International Fingerstyle Guitar competition in Winfield , Kansas in 2019. Adam won...
Meet Walter Kruger! You may know him as Wally, he is named after his grandfather. Walter was born and raised in Buffalo N.Y. where his mom lives in the same home he grew up in. Walter does not have any siblings and therefore is an only child. He loves the water, especially Lake Erie and the beautiful sunsets.
Wally moved friends to the Air Force Academy in 1995, vowing to return and live in Colorado Springs. In 1996 he did just that and lived for a short time as a civilian on the U.S.A.F.A. - who does that? Falling in love with the mountains and blue skies he made residence here in 1996 and enjoys the sunrise and sunsets shown on Pikes Peak.
Wally met his love and bride of 20 years, Teri, at Village Seven Presbyterian Church in 1999, they married in 2000. They have 2 grown children, Jacob and Hannah. Their youngest, Rebecca, attends Air Academy High School. Their grandson, Raymond will be 2 this year. Outside of work Wally enjoys training in karate. He has been a member and instructor at Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association since 2003.
Wally is certified in Residential Heating & Air Conditioning through Pikes Peak Community College. He has enjoyed being a commercial kitchen appliance repairman, nursing home maintenance director and in 2016 he became a professional home inspector. The following year he joined Ground Floor Home Inspection. (You may recognize Hannah & Rebecca from delivering the infamous Realtor Survival Kits to Open Houses in Colorado Springs/Denver or talking to Hannah when scheduling a home inspection!) While most home inspectors last 3 years or less in the Real Estate industry, he can’t imagine doing anything else!
Eric Mote is a Professional Home Inspector with Ground Floor Home Inspection. The company provides service to Colorado Springs, Denver, Pueblo, Teller County, and all surrounding areas.
Eric is originally from Colorado Springs.
He attended UCCS where he completed his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, and later earned his master's degree from the Air Force Institute of Technology. During his eleven years in the military, he was responsible for developing electromagnetic weapons, performing statistical analysis on satellite systems, and conducting sustainment operations for the ICBM missile fleet.
Eric enjoys playing the piano and the viola. He has performed professionally with orchestras, quartets, and chamber ensembles, and currently plays for his church and volunteers with a local youth orchestra.
Eric and his wife have seven children and are expecting their eighth in the spring of 2020. They live on the prairie east of Colorado Springs where they raise cows, sheep, chickens, and ducks.
Kitty Rhea is a Professional Home Inspector with Ground Floor Home Inspection.
Kitty was born in Portland, Oregon, but has lived in Colorado since she was seven years old (so she is *almost* a native). She is the proud daughter of Chris and Treese Kjeldsen and strives to fill her father's inspection shoes as he dedicates the majority of his time to traveling the country training amazing future home inspectors. She has an older brother who has done spectacular work in the theatre/film industry and she cannot wait to see what he accomplishes next.
Kitty graduated from the University of Northern Colorado, where she spent a semester studying in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. She married the love of her life shortly after graduating and now they are living in Colorado Springs with their adorable cat and two crazy guinea pigs. Kitty has worked at the Colorado Renaissance Festival over the summers since 2011. She has played several different roles there, but is most often recognized as the evil knight's joust cheerleader who shouts, "Cheat to Win!" and drinks wine out of a skull.
Kitty is a black belt in Universal Kempo Karate and enjoys helping those around her learn how to better protect themselves. She is incredibly proud to be a female home inspector (also referred to as a Unicorn), and has a passion for inspiring other females to succeed in the trades. Kitty loves providing her clients with the information they need to make an educated buying decision and keep them safe in their new homes!