Meet James Kolke, Chief Inspection Officer
I am the senior inspector, I lead the Pinnacle Property Inspection Team, and I really love construction! I’ve been in the construction business for 25 years. I started in the housing business as a concrete worker. I found this challenging but needed to learn more. I became a carpenter and for 3 years I worked on commercial and residential projects. I had an opportunity to become a plumber with Local 130. I served a 5-year apprenticeship in Chicago. I was a journeyman plumber for 6 months when I was asked to run work. I ran work in commercial and commercial/residential high-rise buildings. I missed the building portion of construction, so I started buying homes in the North Shore area of Chicago, where I renovated 10+ homes a year. I soon started spec building and I really liked that! I partnered up with other tradesmen and formed a group that could build and renovate homes. I now am involved with all types of charities to help people gain homes of their own.
I’m one of the few inspectors who have a plumber’s license. This means that if you’re looking at a foreclosed or bank-owned home, I can legally turn on the water. If the water isn’t turned on, you’ll never know if there are any plumbing issues throughout the house. This is something you definitely want to be aware of. If the home inspector isn’t a licensed plumber, they cannot legally turn on the water. This gives me an incredible advantage over other home inspectors.
The other difference between Pinnacle and many other home inspectors is that we are licensed by Snell to perform home inspections with a thermal imager. The thermal imager enables me to look “inside” the walls and literally see things that might cause you expensive repairs if you buy the home being inspected. Without a thermal imager on a home inspection, the inspector is just “guessing” what’s in the walls, in the circuit breaker, and throughout the exterior of the home. I don’t think that’s what you’re paying a home inspection company for now, is it?
I’m passionate about educating people on the property they own or may purchase. I want to help others so they can use their money wisely. I hope in some small way, I’m helping to create a more caring and just community!