At 1st Rate Inspections, you’re not just another customer.
We understand how lengthy and overwhelming the home buying process can be, and that’s why we make it our goal to ease your burden in any way we can.
Our same-day reports enable us to present the condition of your home the day the inspection takes place. We want you to walk away from your home inspection knowing you are now ready to take the next step with confidence and certainty.
We’ve been happily servicing the greater Houston area for over 10 years. Our experienced home inspectors take pride in assisting you during this momentous time of your life. We consider it a privilege to be invited into your potential home!
Meet Our Team
Mold Assessment Consultant
1st Rate Inspections is owned by Chris Lange and his wife, Ricki. Chris started doing home inspections ten years ago. He has 38 years of experience in the home improvement industry with retailers Handy Dan, Home Depot, and Bed Bath & Beyond. He is a Licensed Professional Inspector, Licensed Mold Assessment Consultant, Licensed Commercial Technician with the Department of Agriculture, Certified Pool and Spa Operator, and Certified Pool & Spa Inspector. He has completed certifications in Residential Thermal Imaging, NAWT Septic, Tainted Corrosive “Chinese” Drywall, and Phase Inspections. He also holds a Master Inspector Certification through InterNACHI. Chris and Ricki are business coaches for home inspectors throughout North America. Chris is also an instructor for home inspection and mold classes for realtors throughout Texas. He oversees the operations of 1st Rate Inspections and the 1st Rate family, who have inspected more than 5 million square feet of property this year alone. When Chris is not in the office he enjoys going to the lake and riding his waverunner and relaxing with his two daughters and four grandkids. He is also a big Texans, Astros, and Rockets fan. Go home teams!
Ricki Is the Co-Owner of 1st Rate Inspections She came from the dental Industry where she spent 26 years of her career. Before joining Chris at 1st Rate Inspections, she enjoyed meeting new people and building relationships. She takes care of the office management.
Christy is the oldest daughter to Chris and Ricki Lange and is the Marketing Manager at 1st Rate Inspections. She has worked with the company since 2015 and previously worked for the school district in Special Education Life Skills for students with Down Syndrome and Autism. She is very passionate about her family and has been married to her husband, Dustin, for twelve years. They have three children together: Dylan, Carson, and Carly. Christy loves getting to know people and loves growing their home inspection business.
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Tori is the youngest daughter of Chris and Ricki Lange, and she works at 1st Rate Inspections as a home inspector with 8 years of experience. Chris and Tori work together as a father-daughter team. She is also a Licensed Mold Assessment Technician, and soon to become a Licensed Mold Assessment Consultant. Tori’s licenses include Licensed Commercial Technician with the Department of Agriculture, and a Certified Pool & Spa Operator. There are also a number of certified subjects that Tori has completed through courses on InterNACHI, including Thermal Imaging, Fire Safety, and Green Technology. When Tori is not working she enjoys spending time with her daughter, fiancé, parents, and sister. They love doing outdoor activities that the whole family can enjoy. She also spends her time reading books, watching movies, and listening to music.
Isabelle is our Lead Client Care Coordinator. She worked for a staffing agency for 15 years before coming to 1st Rate Inspections, where she now works as a full-time employee. Isabelle and her husband, Scott, just celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary. They have four daughters and five grandchildren, and they love to travel and spend time with the grandkids. Isabelle is bilingual in Spanish. She believes you should always “put a smile on your face before you say hello!”
Rianne is one of our client care coordinators. Rianne has worked in customer service for 4 years. Rianne joined 1st Rate Inspections in May of 2019. She is the youngest member of our staff. She is enrolled in classes to further her education. She looks forward to growing with the company.
Dave has had his professional home inspector license for five years and has completed more than 3,000 home inspections. He also holds licenses as a Mold Assessment Technician and Termite Inspector. Dave retired from the Coast Guard as an avionics technician and flight crew in 2000. He has ten years of experience at NASA as an Electrical Engineer and Quality Assurance Inspector. He worked for five years as a Helicopter Mechanic for an offshore helicopter company, and for three years in oil and gas for a major manufacturer of sub-sea oilfield equipment. Dave volunteers at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in his free time. He likes to get out and go hunting and fishing when he can. He has two children that graduated from Texas Tech. WRECK-EM!
Michael has been with 1st Rate Inspections since 2015. His credentials include InterNACHI Infrared Thermography Certification, NSPF Pool Inspection Certification, DOA Licensed Wood Destroying Insect Technician, and Former State of Texas Licensed Plumber. Michael is an Army veteran and has been married to his loving wife, Lety, for 25 years. Together they have two sons, Nathaniel and Aaron. Michael’s customer service experience, detail-oriented approach, and friendly demeanor make him a valuable asset to our team.
Raymond has a Business Management degree from Texas A&M and has 8 years of experience in retail management in the building materials market. He retired from ATT after 21 years. Raymond is a member of InterNACHI and certified for WDI and swimming pool inspections.
Eligio, a veteran of the U.S. Army and a former home insurance inspector, joined the 1st Rate Inspections team in 2017. Raised in Houston, Eligio enjoys helping new and long-time Texans make an informed decision when buying a home. When not inspecting he enjoys family camping trips, biking and hiking. Eligio is a Bi-Lingual (Spanish) TREC Licensed Professional Home Inspector as well as a member of InterNACHI. He is qualified to do mold sampling, termite inspections, infrared scans, and is a certified pool inspector.