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, Inc. 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, Inc.
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.
Tina Stephens was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming, but has spent almost all of her life in Colorado.
She has lived in the country primarily. She has now lived in Colorado Springs for the past 15 years.
She learned to ride horses at the age of three. She continues to ride. With the same saddle she was taught on, she was able to teach all three of her children. She is looking forward to teaching her grandchildren to ride.
Tina has three adult children: Charles, Kaylee, and Ashleigh.
When she’s not taking care of, playing with, and enjoying time with her two grandchildren: Aleeysia (6) and Declan (2), you will find Tina crocheting, canning, baking, gardening, and traveling.
Tina has been a member of the Universal Kempo Karate Schools Association since 2005 and has trained and earned her black belt. She hopes her grandchildren will be the next generation of Kempo.
Treese Kjeldsen, Executive Admin and RTCA-Certified Radon Measurement Tech, has been helping owner Chris run Ground Floor Home Inspection, Inc. 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, Inc.
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, Inc. (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!
Ken Holaday was born in California but moved and was raised in Minnesota, where the lakes are many, and the mosquitoes are legendary. In 1986 Ken found his way to Colorado, where he now admires those beautiful Rocky Mountains!
Ken has been married to his beautiful bride Nancy for over 28 years, which has led to four beautiful kids, and one grandson. Nothing beats being a grandpa!
Before making his way to Ground Floor Home Inspection, Inc., Ken worked as an electrician for over 23 years. Ken has worked a lot in newer homes, ensuring the electrical is hooked up and working for the new owners.
When Ken isn’t inspecting, he enjoys getting out of the house and checking out local nature spots where you will find him stalking birds, flowers, and scenery with his camera. Ken also loves to stop and watch trains, even when not at a train crossing. As much as Ken loves those Colorado mountains, he misses canoeing down the MN lakes!
Ken is excited to be part of a team that helps a future home buyer make an informed decision.
Payton Aragon was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. He has an older sister and a younger brother. You could say he is the typical stubborn and independent middle child.
Payton is married to Tina Aragon, whom he met at his family's salon and day spa. Payton and Tina have a three-year-old girl, Marzia, or "Zia," as everyone calls her. Payton and Tina also found out they expect an addition to their family in October 2022.
Payton is starting his new career as a home inspector for Ground Floor Home Inspection. He loves being able to challenge himself and learn new things. He also loves being able to meet new realtors!
Fun fact, Payton is a barber and massage therapist.
Spencer Aragon was born and raised in Pueblo, Colorado. He is the youngest of three; he has an older brother and sister. Being the youngest, Spencer always knew how to pull the strings to ensure he never got in trouble.
He currently lives with his childhood best friend Mason. He also has Jovi, his eleven-year-old dog, who never leaves Spencer's side. Spencer, an animal lover, also has two cats, Gizmo and Nala; however, they are new to the family.
When Spencer isn't inspecting, he enjoys getting out of the house to travel and explore what the world has to offer. However, he also loves watching new shows and playing games with his friends. You can also catch Spencer on the court playing tennis!
Spencer is starting his career as a home inspector for Ground Floor Home Inspection. He always loves to face new challenges and learn every day!
Fun Fact: Spencer and inspector Payton are brothers!
Jeff Snawder is a Professional Home inspector with Ground Floor Home Inspection, Inc.
Jeff was born and raised in Southern California, where he worked in various careers, including construction, custodial arts, electronics technician, and a 5-year stint with UPS. He is the oldest of three boys, and all grew up playing sports and were coached by their father, sometimes even on the same team. Good times! His parents and brothers live in California, along with their spouses and many wonderful nieces and nephews.
He met his beautiful wife, Jessica, while they both served in social justice ministries at their church in Pomona. They were married in 2013 and have celebrated this wonderful union ever since. They have an adult son, Austin, who is pursuing a career in the music industry. They are very proud of him, though they do continue to work on coaxing him here to Colorado!
They moved to this beautiful state in 2019 to pursue their dreams of owning their own house, having more access to the beauty of nature, and witnessing actual seasons. They have never looked back! They enjoy kayaking, hiking, white water rafting, ziplining, and any other crazy adventures they can get into.
Jeff joined Ground Floor Home Inspection in 2022 and is excited about working with this fine group of people who share the same values as his own: serving our community with care and excellence. He believes this is the greatest adventure yet!
Josh Widdowson was born in Norfolk, England. He moved to America in 2021 and married his wife in Santa Barbara, California, in 2022. He and his wife met in Sydney, Australia, while traveling. They moved to Denver, Colorado, in 2022 and haven’t looked back.
Josh loves everything sports-related and played field hockey, rugby, football (soccer), and golf. He is now an avid watcher of American sports and loves the Ravens and the Dodgers!
He and his wife love to go on hikes in the Rocky Mountains and enjoy going to all the breweries that Colorado has to offer.
Josh joined Ground Floor in March after Wally inspected his home. He knew this could be his career after going on some ride-alongs with Joe and Wally. Before being a home inspector, Josh worked in custom material manufacturing used in the car industry in the UK.