In 1981 Inspecta-Homes established itself as the first professional home inspection company in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Inspecta-Homes was the first professional home inspection company in this area to adopt the Standards Of Practice and Code Of Ethics of the American Society Of Home Inspectors (ASHI), and to have its Inspectors become Certified Members.
Inspecta-Homes is considered a pioneer, innovator and leader in the home inspection industry. It is a full service company that offers a wide range of inspection services.
Charles “Chuck” Blixt was a pioneer, innovator, and leader in the home inspection industry, both locally and nationally for decades. With an extensive business background, education and experience in the construction and real estate industry, Chuck was uniquely qualified for the inspection business when he was licensed in 1975 as one of the first Truth-In-Sale-Of-Housing (TISH) Evaluators in the City of Minneapolis. As the program evolved, he recognized a need for continuing education for himself and other Evaluators. So, in 1978 he co-founded The Minnesota Society of Home Inspectors (MSHI) to provide continuing education for Evaluators, serving as its first president.
In 1981 Chuck and his business partner, Roger Hankey, created Inspecta-Homes, the areas first professional home inspection company. Recognizing the need for education beyond the guidelines provided by the City of Minneapolis’s TISH program they became the first inspectors in this area to become members of nationally recognized American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). ASHI provided Standards of Practice and a Code of Ethics for home inspectors on a national basis. Chuck (ASHI #280) became an early member (#30) of the Great Lakes chapter of ASHI serving as its Vice-President and editor of its monthly newsletter.
In 1984 he and his business partner developed the concept of offering uniform residential home inspections for the Relocation Industry through a national network of ASHI Certified inspectors. In 1987, while serving as the Chair of the ASHI insurance committee he helped establish the National Association of Home Inspectors (NAHI) as a Risk Retention Group designed to help home inspectors acquire adequate and affordable errors and omission’s insurance on a national basis, serving as its first president. During this time, he also served on the ASHI National Board of Directors and the Council of Representatives. As the local industry grew and expanded, he and other Inspectors recognized the need for a local ASHI chapter and in 1992 he co-founded the Heartland Chapter of ASHI serving the 5-state area, again serving as its first president.
Jeff Blixt earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Augsburg College in 1977. His senior year he completed an internship buying investment properties for a local company and shortly thereafter became licensed as a Real Estate Agent in Minnesota. In 1983 he joined ERA Mortgage Corporation as a Mortgage Banker and was soon promoted as the Production Manager overseeing the origination of mortgages by other loan officers.
In the fall of 1990, he started his inspection career as the Marketing Director for Inspecta-Homes, Minnesota and Western Wisconsin’s First and largest professional Home Inspection Company. He became licensed as a Truth-in-Housing Evaluator for Minneapolis and St. Paul shortly thereafter. He is a member of The American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) and a current board member of the local chapter. He currently serves as Vice President of The Minnesota Society of Home Inspectors (MSHI) as well. In 2004 he became an Arbitrator for Construction Arbitration Services, performing arbitration hearings in the Minneapolis and St. Paul metropolitan area. He has taught continuing education classes to the Real Estate Industry for several years including time spent as an Instructor for Kaplan Professional Schools.
Since 1990, Jeff has completed several hundred hours of continuing education in the home inspection industry. He is the President/Owner of Inspecta-Homes, manages 12 full time inspectors, and oversees in excess of 5000 various types of home inspections each year. Inspecta-Homes has performed over 175,000 home inspections locally since 1982.