I grew up in a house built in 1857. I've been jacking up floors, replacing old knob & tube wiring, running new plumbing, and performing just about every kind of home repair you can imagine since I was 15 years old.
I was employed briefly out of school as a Rehab Specialist in the HUD Community Development Block Grant programs, but being a bureaucrat didn't sit well w/ me.
My avocation of woodworker/boatbuilder led to a stint as custom furniture designer & builder, culminating in a "Best of Wood" award @ the 1978 Coconut Grove Fine Arts Festiveal in Miami Beach. Several years of life as a starving artist led to the usual track of contracting a kitchen remodeling job; that job led to several more jobs. Those jobs led to building custom homes & multiple other building projects. I got started in inspection kind of through the back door; I learned about it in 1978 when attending some continuing education classes, one thing led to another, & suddenly Home Inspection became a component of my business. Around 1987, I realized that inspection was more fun & payed better than building, so I took that direction & never looked back. To date, I've inspected somewhere in the vicinity of 10,000 homes, apartment buildings, or commercial structures.
Windsurfing Lake Gitchigoomee (Lake Michigan), boating, any water related activity, hanging w/ my daughter, hanging w/ friends, woodworking
Kurt Mitenbuler & Assoc., Inc.
I am an independent home inspector working in the City of Chicago. Inspection has been my only source of income for over 17 years, & I've been inspecting for 22 years. My favorite buildings are large old masonry structures from the '20's w/steam heat, old world masonry architectural details, & interior finishes reflecting real old world craftsmanship. Of course, I also look @ blown out crackhouses on the west side, but that's not quite as much fun.
“Things are more like they are now than they ever have been before.”