Founder / Inspector
Michael started property inspecting back in 2000 before there was a license requirement in the state of Illinois. He has rehabbed over 30 homes and has inspected over 10,000 properties as of 2019. Michael currently lives in Orland Park with his family and currently focuses on training and growing the team of inspectors.
After serving 8 years in the U.S. Army Justin began his career in construction as a roofer in the summers in Colorado while he worked winters as a ski instructor. Finding his love of the building industry he moved to Las Vegas where he started an electrical contracting company with a business partner.
After 5 years of hard work and growing the company he decided to move back to his roots in Chicagoland. In 2005 he came in as a partner at First Choice Inspectors with the drive and positive work ethic needed to grow a successful company.
Justin has expanded his knowledge over the years to include building envelope and EIFS and mold inspection among others. More than 10,000 inspections later Justin still loves inspecting and managing an ever growing team of inspectors.
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Growing up the son of a successful mason and general contractor, building and construction weren’t a choice but a way of life. After graduating from Marist High School on Chicago’s south side Joe enrolled in the Carpenters apprenticeship program in Elk Grove Village. After completing the four year program he started working for my his dad’s general contracting company. After two years of working in the field Joe earned the position of foreman which he held for over a decade. Growing up in the construction industry and seeing first hand buildings/homes built from the ground up definitely prepared him for the inspection industry. Knowing how things are constructed from foundation to rooftop is a definite advantage in diagnosing past or current problems and also gives insight and knowledge on problems that may occur in the future that could potentially be costly for his clients. Joe’s past experiences are very beneficial to our clients and their very important real estate investments.
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Kim has had a love for rehabbing old, rundown, beat up properties and putting some TLC into them and flipping them into something to be proud of. Kim has flipped more than 30 homes on Chicago’s south, west and east sides and helped families find a place they could call home. Kim originally approached First Choice Inspectors in regards to back in 2016 about becoming a licensed home inspector so she could become a better flipper. After she was interviewed by Justin and the team they determined to NOT let her go and drafted her into the FCI family and she is now a full time home inspector who does rehabbing on her days off (and there are not many for Kim). Kim is the mother of two children and lives in the New Lenox area.
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Russ has been a full time licensed home inspector for 15 years. Russ has completed over 10,000 home inspections and is the most recent addition to the FCI team. Russ currently resides in the Mount Greenwood area of Chicago with his wife and children.
After working in Florida and Las Vegas with Justin Castronova as a private contractor Geo was recruited by Justin to help out First Choice Inspectors to fill our ever growing void for inspections. Geo has been with the company since July 2007 and brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the table. Geo enjoys attention to detail on all of his inspections.
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Arianna comes to home inspection from a background as a real estate agent and property manager. Her passion for helping people navigate the home buying process led her to join the First Choice team to help people make the best informed decision about their new home. When not inspecting homes, Arianna is an active part of Chicago’s theatre community, working as a freelance director. She lives in Ravenswood with her boyfriend and their two crazy cats.
Daniel has had a love for electricity since he could remember. In high school Daniel studied electrical theories in the high school’s “Industrial Education” program. Shortly after graduating high school Daniel got accepted into the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and moved his way up in the union to become an electrical foreman.
Daniel is still heavily involved with electrical union work and is team FCI’s “go to guy” when we all have electrical concerns. Daniel lives in Plainfield, IL and in his freetime Daniel frequently travels to Florida and other warm places during our long, cold Chicago winters.
Ally has been with First Choice Inspectors since 2017 and is the “Voice of First Choice”. She has been an asset to our company’s growth and will be the one you will speak with when scheduling your inspection services.