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My Biz: Home inspector covers everything from the foundation to the roof

Elite Home Inspections owner looks to educate, inform buyers and sellers

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CEDAR RAPIDS — No work day is ever the same for Craig Chmelicek. No “office” is for that matter either.

Chmelicek owns Elite Home Inspections in Cedar Rapids. Certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors, he spends his work days inspecting single-family homes and condos in the Cedar Rapids area.

A typical work day consists of two home inspections. “I’ll schedule an inspection in the morning and second one in the afternoon. Each inspection takes about three hours depending on the square footage or condition and age of the home or condo.”

The inspection is broken down into structure, roofing, exterior, electrical, heating and cooling, attic/insulation, interior, appliances and fireplace.

“Home Inspection business is not a ‘code’ inspection business,” Chmelicek explained. “A home inspection is not to bring a home up to today’s building codes. It is to report the home’s condition from the roof to the foundation.”

He reports his findings based on several categories: major deficiencies, safety related issues, repair items and items reaching life expectancy soon.

It’s a job that Chmelicek doesn’t take lightly.

“Buying a home is a big investment and my job is to educate and inform potential buyers about the condition of the home they are interested in purchasing,” he said, noting that he sets aside time to go over his findings with his clients when he’s done.

“My clients receive a computer print out of the summary deficiencies on-site, followed by a full report along with photos that same day, listing these areas suggested to be repaired or corrected. We do a walk-through of the home and then answer any questions my clients might have,” he said.

“For first-time homebuyers, I also use this time to show them some simple new homeowner items, like changing the furnace filter regularly and shut offs and water disconnects in the home.”

Chmelicek was born and raised in Cedar Rapids and graduated from Coe College, where he was an All American football player. He garners business through Realtors and directly through consumers. “I believe that Realtors understand the importance of a home inspection to their clients and they want their clients to make an educated decision and know what they are buying.”

He also performs home inspections for homeowners who want to learn more about the condition of their home before selling it. “This way they can repair any issues before listing their home and have the home ‘move in ready’ for the buyer.”

While he does have another employee who assists mainly with the radon testing component of Elite Home Inspections, Chmelicek is most often doing the inspections.

“I decided early on when I started this business that I wanted to keep it small so I can be in control of maintaining a high level of customer service to each of my clients,” he said, noting that his line of work is 100 percent referral based. “I want to be hands-on. The thing I most enjoy about my job is helping others.”

“Buying a home is most likely the biggest investment some people will make in their lives. I want to make sure my clients are educated and aware of the condition of the house they are buying.”

AT A GLANCE

Owner: Craig Chmelicek

Business: Elite Home Inspections

Address: Cedar Rapids

Telephone: (319) 389-7379

Website: www.elitehomeandradon.com

Know a company in business for more than a year that would make a great My Biz? Contact George C. Ford at george.ford@thegazette.com

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