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Residential Inspections

Having a residential inspection has become a key step in today's real estate transaction. Whether a high-rise condo, adjoining town-home, multi-unit dwelling or a large estate;

The BrickKicker has the tools and resources to educate our clients in making smart decisions.

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Commercial Inspections

Commercial inspections involve a visual examination or readily objective visual examination of readily accessible areas, physical structure and operating systems of the space.

This process occurs in a timely and efficient manner, giving clients the peace of mind to continue on with business.

No project is too big or too small, watch our Commercial Inspection Video.

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Environmental Testing

In today's world, consumers are more educated about the potential of harmful elements found in and around the places we live and work.

The BrickKicker offers a series of different testing services that can be ordered with your inspection.

Your Trusted Home Inspector in DeKalb County

The Inspection Process

  • Scheduling the inspection and/or radon test can be done via online, email, or phone.
  • Upon booking an appointment, an electronic confirmation will be emailed with the option to sign the inspection agreement electronically and pay via a secure credit card link.
  • Attending the inspection is highly encouraged as you will be allowed to get to know the property and ask your inspector/radon technician any questions that may come up.
  • The inspection is performed in a methodical manner, generally starting on the exterior moving from top to bottom followed by the interior, also moving from the top to the bottom.
  • A resource kit is provided at the end of the inspection to help answer any questions that make come up along the journey of owning a property.
  • Once the inspection is complete, you will receive a comprehensive report via email with a descriptive overview (including pictures) of your home from the ground up.

Field Staff

  • Will Augustine

    Residential Building Consultant & Lead TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.001460
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    Will Augustine

    Will Augustine

    Residential Building Consultant & Lead TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.001460

    For over 15 years, I have been providing quality home and commercial inspections with The BrickKicker. My extensive background in construction is what drew me to the home inspection industry. I have always been fond of the components of an older home, as they typically carry more depth, but there is one role I value even more. Educating the buyer is the most important role I have. My primary goal is to ensure that each inspection ends with a clear client understanding of how their future home works. My free time consists of being the ultimate family man, all while enjoying the beach and playing dolls with the youngest of my seven children.

  • Rob Colecchi

    Residential Building Consultant & Lead TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.002613
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    Rob Colecchi

    Rob Colecchi

    Residential Building Consultant & Lead TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.002613

    After 12 years of inspecting with The BrickKicker I have learned that during your home buying purchase, it is not uncommon for my clients to feel nervous and excited at the same time. Most clients have complimented me on my thoroughness of my inspections, but what I enjoy the most during the process is teaching my clients about the scale of the deficiencies, giving them a realistic perception, and discussing the corrective course of action. My early life was spent in the construction industry, but after receiving my degree I spent several years as a trainer and project manager in corporate America, all the while remodeling homes on the side. I grew to love the housing industry more, and found myself being a “Jack of all Trades Master of None” which fit perfectly into the Home Inspection Industry. No single house or client is the same which is what keeps me excited about what I get to do every day. It is my hope to give the most transparent picture of your future home.

  • Dave Lammert *

    Commercial Manager & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012450
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    Dave Lammert *

    Commercial Manager & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012450

    Before becoming a part of The BrickKicker team, I originally started inspecting homes in Florida before moving to the Chicagoland area. Ever since leaving college, I have held several different jobs in the construction field. When I completed college, I worked for a lumber supply company as a cashier and forklift operator, this not only taught me a lot about construction materials, but I made relationships with contractors and construction companies. I spent 2 years building home additions, decks, and sunrooms, then after that spent nearly 5 years working as a trim carpentry crew leader for new construction in Florida. As an inspector, I am passionate about informing first time home buyers on how their new home works. I love to show all aspects of the home and give them advice on maintenance of the systems. First time buyers just have so much excitement, it's infectious! In my spare time, I really enjoy ink/pen drawing and watercolor painting. I majored in Fine Art in college so I also can draw, paint, and sculpt pretty well.

  • Kevin Daly

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.011938
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    Kevin Daly

    Kevin Daly

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.011938

    Bio coming soon!

  • Tom Pantoni

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012506
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    Tom Pantoni

    Tom Pantoni

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.012506

    I join The BrickKicker with 5 years in the Home Remodeling Business under my belt. I enjoy assisting my clients by providing insight and reassuring confidence regarding their future investment. The ability to spend quality time on the property answering my clients questions or offering basic home maintenance tips, is truly a rewarding experience.
    In my spare time I have volunteered with a local community service group for the past 6 years.

  • Rick Rivera

    Residential Building Consultant & Sewer Scope CertifiedIL Home Inspection License #450.012889
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    Rick Rivera

    Rick Rivera

    Residential Building Consultant & Sewer Scope CertifiedIL Home Inspection License #450.012889

    Prior to joining The BrickKicker family I was a member of the Chicago Police Department for 30 years. I was promoted to Sergeant in 2003 and retired in 2021. During those 30 years, I was involved in home renovation. If it has to do with a remodel of a home, I have done it. I have been passionate over those years about helping people. I was told that since I know how to fix them, why don't I try my hand at inspecting them? That's what brought me to BrickKicker. After retirement, I enrolled in courses for home inspection and was licensed as an inspector in Illinois. I went to BrickKicker to shadow their inspectors and complete my education/licensing. That's where everything clicked!. I was asked to join this amazing team and I accepted. It's been an amazing journey since. I jokingly point out the similarities of both careers.... I get a call for some service, I put on the uniform and the work belt, provide assistance and advice to our clients in need, then when it's all done I give them a report. I guess after all these years, I have a good eye for bad things!!

    As far as hobbies go, I love fixing and building things. When I set my mind to something, I can build just about anything. Woodworking is a passion. I also have a real knack for fixing things. If I don't know how to fix something, I figure it out. The internet helps a lot too!!

    Everyday is a learning experience and I try to use as many resources at my disposal. I tell my clients, this purchase of a home is like buying a used car, but this time you're taking the "mechanic" with you! I try to provide them with as much information as I can and make their experience educational and as stress-free as possible. When I do my home inspections, it's as if I'm doing them for my family!

  • Chris Roller

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011234
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    Chris Roller

    Chris Roller

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011234

    I am a BrickKicker with a 30 year background in construction, from building decks in high school to overseeing production of homes for a large local builder. I remember being fascinated as a young boy helping my Dad build an addition on our home, and watching him repair and maintain it over the years. I honestly find myself repeating much of that same advice to my clients every day! After many years building and remodeling homes, I reluctantly had my first inspection done on an old (1889) house we were considering buying and rehabbing. What an eye opener! I was very impressed with the inspector’s knowledge and detective-like approach. That’s how the seed of the idea of Home Inspector as a career was planted.
    My primary goal as an Inspector is to observe the condition and systems of the property and accurately convey that information to the client. Inspections can be a very stressful time for all parties involved; buyers, sellers and agents alike. Major decisions are made and actions taken depending on how I present information. I try to explain what I’m observing without adding additional stress to an understandably anxious audience.
    In my spare time I like to travel. I have been to 49 of 50 states, most of that camping. My wife is from Dublin, and we’ve done a lot of camping and travelling through Europe as well. We have two little girls who love to ski, just like their Daddy! Also, I scream at the TV every Sunday in the fall while watching Da Bears.

  • Steve Wittry

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012083
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    Steve Wittry

    Steve Wittry

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012083

    Steve began his home inspection career in 2017 and has been proudly serving the Chicagoland and western suburb communities ever since. Having over 25 years of experience in the home inspection and real estate industries, his combined knowledge and experience help Steve to perform thorough home inspections.
    What sets Steve apart is his ability to communicate findings in a way that is easy to understand, without all the industry jargon that may not be common to the average person. This allows his clients to make the best decision.
    “I would be honored to inspect the home you are purchasing. I continue to expand my knowledge and keep up with the latest techniques and trends in the building industry through continuing education courses and by networking with top Home Inspectors, both within the Brickkicker family as well as nationally. I’ll provide you with outstanding customer service, a thorough inspection, and a report you can rely on so that you can make a confident decision."

    As a Naperville resident of over 35 years, my wife and I and our two daughters enjoy everything the city and surrounding suburbs have to offer. We can frequently be found walking or biking through Will and DuPage county forest preserves.”

  • Andy Peak

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012644
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    Andy Peak

    Andy Peak

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012644

    Throughout my career, I’ve been most passionate about helping people. This has come in various forms, and now as an inspector I get to help people feel comfortable in choosing the right home. The most valuable lesson I’ve learned from my education is how to communicate with all different types of people effectively.
    I love photography. Having studied film in college, I developed a great appreciation for the way scenes are framed in films, and that appreciation has transferred into the way I frame photographs when I find interesting subjects. It is a personal passion of mine.

  • Ed Kuhrt

    Residential Building Consultant & TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.011576
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    Ed Kuhrt

    Ed Kuhrt

    Residential Building Consultant & TrainerIL Home Inspector License #450.011576

    Being a member of The BrickKicker family has always been ironic to me as I spent the majority of my life immersed in the construction industry. I have had the pleasure of building homes, apartment complexes and schools. I am also a master electrician and a retiree of The Naperville Fire Department. I pride myself on quality work and that carries over into my inspections. I always encourage, my clients to shadow me and ask any question that comes to mind. I also ask them questions about their future home. Knowing what drew them to the property in the first place allows me to provide the best service possible. The best job I have had in my life is being a grandpa to three wonderful little girls. I also enjoy fussing over my truck so that it looks show ready when I chauffeur my grandkids around.

  • Brad Graber

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011941
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    Brad Graber

    Brad Graber

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011941

    I was born in Congo, Africa to missionary parents and later spent my teenage years growing up in Kansas. My career has afforded me the opportunity to live in different parts of the United States. Having bought and sold homes in the past has given me insight into inspections, understanding angst that buyers and sellers sometimes have. Being a home inspector is an extension of what I enjoy doing.

    Home ownership, remodeling, small project renovations and additions have been a part of my life experience. Early in my career, I spent 10 plus years in residential construction with a focus on framing and later in lumber sales.

    I have always enjoyed woodworking as a hobby. I often make furniture for my wife's creative decorating eye to become a reality. In my spare time, I make periodic trips to the Democratic Republic of Congo, working on several community development projects.

  • Don Ryba

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011709
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    Don Ryba

    Don Ryba

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.011709

    I am elated to be a part of The BrickKicker, as my extensive background drew me to home inspections. I have spent a majority of my life immersed in the construction industry in various roles ranging from concrete finisher, to the engineer in charge of inspection and administration of high end construction projects. I have degrees in Construction Management and Civil Engineering and I’m a licensed Professional Engineer with the State of Illinois. Therefore I especially like looking at the structural components of the home: trusses, framing, decks, etc. I believe that I can take my background and use it to provide an excellent service to people looking to make what typically is the largest, most important purchase of their lives. My goal is for my client to have full confidence in me and my inspection report, thus making the home buying process as comfortable as possible. What little spare time I have is usually spent either working in my yard or planning warm, relaxing vacations in Florida on a beach or at Disney World (which is not very relaxing).

  • Luis Calzada

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012247
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    Luis Calzada

    Luis Calzada

    Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspector License #450.012247

    When I’m not doing inspections with The BrickKicker I am a Utility Gas Worker.I’ve spent over 5 years inspecting and working on residential gas systems and underground gas utility lines. As a home inspector, I enjoy delivering professional reports and communicating with my clients by providing them with beneficial advice and recommendations about their future home. I have excellent communication and interpersonal skills that maintain the highest level of integrity and dedication to providing reliable and friendly service. My mission is to give my clients peace of mind on their next real estate investment. I believe that when they are buying a house, they deserve to have accurate and unbiased information, so that they can move forward with the purchase confidently. During my inspections, they will have a real opportunity to learn about the key elements of their home and its vital systems. If the new home has any significant safety concerns or if any expensive repairs are needed, as your inspector that will always be my primary concern. You deserve peace of mind and I will do my part in helping to find the answer. **Spanish speaking

  • Keith Valenti

    Radon Measurement Professional & Residential Building Consultant IL Home Inspection License #450.012791
    IL Radon Professional License #RN120232172
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    Keith Valenti

    Keith Valenti

    Radon Measurement Professional & Residential Building Consultant IL Home Inspection License #450.012791
    IL Radon Professional License #RN120232172

    With 15+ yrs of construction, both hands on and management experience, The Brickkicker is a perfect opportunity to utilize my knowledge to help clients to make an informed decision about a major investment and give them the confidence to take that major step in their lives. I take a great deal of pride in everything I do. At the end of the day, I want to be proud to put my name on a job that I take on. Customer satisfaction is a given when you have this mindset. I absolutely love being able to teach my clients about their new home, especially when it comes to first time home buyers. To see the excitement in their faces as they take this next step and being able to teach them about their new home is extremely rewarding.
    I consider myself a lover of the outdoors. I love to spend any time I can spare hiking, fishing, snowmobiling…really, anything that gets me outside to enjoy time outdoors sharing experiences with the people I love.

  • Steven Harris

    Radon TechnicianIL Radon Technician License #RNIT2020206
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    Steven Harris

    Steven Harris

    Radon TechnicianIL Radon Technician License #RNIT2020206

    I first learned of Radon Gas back in the mid-90’s when I purchased a new townhome; my test results came back elevated. Since then, I had the home mitigated and had my own home radon gas detector placed in the basement. I was a stay at home dad for several years, but since my daughter started going to full-day kindergarten, I decided it was time to get back into the workforce. When I discovered that The BrickKicer was in need of a Radon technician, I jumped at the opportunity!
    I enjoy meeting all kinds of people during my day and seeing all the different sizes and shapes home can be. I especially enjoy the opportunity to teach homeowners about the dangers of Radon gas and what can be done to eliminate it from their residence.

  • Andrew Fox *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.010911
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    Andrew Fox *

    Andrew Fox *

    Commercial & Residential Building ConsultantIL Home Inspection License #450.010911

    The old saying "Do what you love and never work a day in your life" holds very true to me. Every aspect of what I do on a daily basis for The BrickKicker truly is amazing and I can relate it all back to my upbringing. At an early age, I can remember moving around often from state to state as my parents were getting settled but most of my time was spent living in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Both of my parents served in the U.S. Air Force so I had a pretty structured upbringing but I was always allowed to explore and try new things. Building with Legos stemmed my interest in building things, often without instructions.

    All throughout my schooling, I wrestled (nearly 18 years), which helped to prepare me for my time served in the U.S. Air Force as a Weapons Specialist. While serving 6 years in the military, I attended my undergraduate studies in Hotel Management in Madison while finishing in Orlando through the University of Central Florida and the Walt Disney Company. From there I had the opportunity to learn more about corporate structure and management while working for the Target Corp. and Marriott International.

    I had a deep desire to want to get back to my passion as a kid in building things so I started my Graduate Program at the University of Florida School of Architecture of which led me into exploring ways to work on my own, helping people better understand the built world. This is where I decided to become licensed in the inspection industry. I am extremely passionate about everything I do, to include spending quality time with my family and friends, traveling, and building out the next part of my business.

Management Team

  • Andrew Fox
    President
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    Andrew Fox

    Andrew Fox

    PresidentIL Home Inspector License #450.010911

    The old saying "Do what you love and never work a day in your life" holds very true to me. Every aspect of what I do on a daily basis for The BrickKicker truly is amazing and I can relate it all back to my upbringing. At an early age, I can remember moving around often from state to state as my parents were getting settled but most of my time was spent living in the Madison, Wisconsin area. Both of my parents served in the U.S. Air Force so I had a pretty structured upbringing but I was always allowed to explore and try new things. Building with Legos stemmed my interest in building things, often without instructions.

    All throughout my schooling, I wrestled (nearly 18 years), which helped to prepare me for my time served in the U.S. Air Force as a Weapons Specialist. While serving 6 years in the military, I attended my undergraduate studies in Hotel Management in Madison while finishing in Orlando through the University of Central Florida and the Walt Disney Company. From there I had the opportunity to learn more about corporate structure and management while working for the Target Corp. and Marriott International.

    I had a deep desire to want to get back to my passion as a kid in building things so I started my Graduate Program at the University of Florida School of Architecture of which led me into exploring ways to work on my own, helping people better understand the built world. This is where I decided to become licensed in the inspection industry. I am extremely passionate about everything I do, to include spending quality time with my family and friends, traveling, and building out the next part of my business.

  • Sarah Westerman
    Director of Administration
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    Sarah Westerman

    Sarah Westerman

    Director of Administration

    Throughout my working years, I have dabbled in various industries; from a bridal shop to non-profits and have found that I enjoy providing service in an industry aimed at helping people the most. The BrickKicker provides that and more, being a key part of what can be a stressful/exciting time in most people's lives. Being able to assist clients in such an important purchase is very rewarding. I always want to push myself to constantly learn something new and improve on the skill set I already have.

    In my spare time, I enjoy vacationing with my husband & our 2 children, especially visiting historical locations, spending time with my family or just relaxing in the local scene.

  • Dave Lammert
    Commercial Manager
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    Dave Lammert

    Dave Lammert

    Commercial ManagerIL Home Inspector License #450.012450

    Before becoming a part of The BrickKicker team, I originally started inspecting homes in Florida before moving to the Chicagoland area. Ever since leaving college, I have held several different jobs in the construction field. When I completed college, I worked for a lumber supply company as a cashier and forklift operator, this not only taught me a lot about construction materials, but I made relationships with contractors and construction companies. I spent 2 years building home additions, decks, and sunrooms, then after that spent nearly 5 years working as a trim carpentry crew leader for new construction in Florida. As an inspector, I am passionate about informing first time home buyers on how their new home works. I love to show all aspects of the home and give them advice on maintenance of the systems. First time buyers just have so much excitement, it's infectious! In my spare time, I really enjoy ink/pen drawing and watercolor painting. I majored in Fine Art in college so I also can draw, paint, and sculpt pretty well.

  • Keith Valenti
    Radon Manager
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    Keith Valenti

    Keith Valenti

    Radon ManagerIL Radon Professional License #RN120232172

    With 15+ yrs of construction, both hands on and management experience, The Brickkicker is a perfect opportunity to utilize my knowledge to help clients to make an informed decision about a major investment and give them the confidence to take that major step in their lives. I take a great deal of pride in everything I do. At the end of the day, I want to be proud to put my name on a job that I take on. Customer satisfaction is a given when you have this mindset. I absolutely love being able to teach my clients about their new home, especially when it comes to first time home buyers. To see the excitement in their faces as they take this next step and being able to teach them about their new home is extremely rewarding.
    I consider myself a lover of the outdoors. I love to spend any time I can spare hiking, fishing, snowmobiling…really, anything that gets me outside to enjoy time outdoors sharing experiences with the people I love.

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