Tim Krapfl, Certified Master Inspector

Tim Krapfl, Certified Master Inspector

Meet Tim Krapfl, Certified Master Inspector (CMI)

Tim is one of Axium’s SEVEN Certified Master Inspectors — a designation reserved for the best inspectors in the world! 

Before Axium, Tim was a roofing contractor for many years. Born in Iowa, he is a walking contradiction rooting for the Cubs & Dolphins in his spare time.  Tim heads-up training all new inspectors as well as re-training as required so Axium can continue to offer the best inspections in the industry.

Tim consistently receives glowing remarks about his services, including these recent remarks: 

“Tim did a thorough inspection.  I appreciated the full report but especially the summary that made it very easy to see the issues at a glance.  Since we are in a different state, Tim was able to have a follow-up phone conversation so we could ask questions and get further information. Very happy with the job done.” Jamie D. Google 5-Star Review

“We recently purchased a home and needed a fast home inspection service. Axium Inspections was recommended by our broker and we cannot be happier with their services. Tim, Mike and team were on time and showed all the COVID related courtesy. They were completely thorough with their inspections and explained all details in terms that are easy to follow. We would highly recommend Axium Inspections for any home inspection!” Allison Z. Google 5-Star Review

“Home purchase inspection. Prompt, professional and knowledgable. Tim rocks!” Kyle B. Google 5-Star Review

Tim Specializes in:

  • Commercial Inspections
  • Home Inspections
  • Wood-Destroying Organism Inspections
  • Well-Water Testing
  • Infrared Inspections

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Radon & Real Estate

Radon & Real Estate

teAccording to the EPA, about half the homes in Colorado have higher radon levels than the US EPA recommended action level of 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L).  In a home-buying transaction, it is wise to recommend a radon test to ensure your customer has accurate information regarding the state of the home they are interested in, and can formulate an action plan should a home have elevated levels of radon that need mitigated.

This article will provide a brief overview of radon, as well as some recommendations by the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment as it pertains to radon and real estate.

What is Radon? 
Radon is a naturally-occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon gas is inert, colorless and odorless. Radon is naturally in the atmosphere in trace amounts.

Why Should We Be Concerned About Radon?
Breathing radon over time increases your risk of lung cancer. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Nationally, the EPA estimates that about 21,000 people die each year from radon-related lung cancer. Only smoking causes more lung cancer deaths.

Radon in Real Estate

Radon disclosure is required in CO real estate transactions.  Section N of the Environment Conditions portion of the CO Sellers Property Disclosure Form specifically lists radon as a hazard that, if known by the seller to exist or ever have existed, must be disclosed. This is true even if previous test results were less than 4 pCi/L. In all cases, sellers should provide copies of any test results to potential buyers. If a radon mitigation system exists, it should also be disclosed, as it is presumed that radon had existed previously, and that if the system were to fail, the radon level would return to its original level.

Keeping Your Clients’ Homes Safe For Years to Come

1 – As part of the home inspection process, advise or request a short-term radon test using a certified radon measurement contractor.  Many home inspectors can offer this service

2 – If the short-term test result is less than 4 pCi/L, the EPA does not recommend any immediate action; however, consider conducting a long-term test (90 days up to a year) after your family moves into the home, as there is still some risk at exposures less than 4 pCi/L.

If the short-term test result is 4 pCi/L or higher, consider repair negotiations between the buyer and seller.  The seller is not legally required to pay for mitigation; this is a negotiation just like any other home repair.

 3 – If a mitigation system is to be installed, seek bids from NRPP or NRSB certified mitigation contractors who are willing to guarantee the results to below 4 pCi/L.  Certified contractors have been trained in the proper placement of radon measurement devices and the interpretation of the results. They use high-quality testing devices that can accurately determine the radon risk of the home.

4 – If the seller is willing to pay for the mitigation system, work with their real estate professional to determine the best way to obtain funding from the seller and have the system installed by a certified technician after taking possession of the property to ensure that the customer is happy with the design.

How Can We Help?

Axium offers a comprehensive menu of services, including radon testing and mitigations. Contact our certified mitigation specialists at 720-740-2338. 

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Tips & Tools for Lead & Client Organization

Tips and Tools to Organize Leads & Customers

Benjamin Franklin said, “For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” This applies especially to realtors. Every minute you spend organizing saves you a lot of time and headache later on; but only if you organize well, which is easier said than done. Poor organization is almost as bad as no organization at all.

We’ve all been there, we work with leads and clients all day and data keeps piling up. This data needs to be noted and saved for us to be able to work efficiently. But how?  Today we’ll be sharing a couple of tips with you that you can use to organize your notes effectively as well as their practical applications.

Tip #1: Befriend technology

Technology is changing at an astonishing pace these days, and it’s affecting every industry (ours included). That’s why 45% of the brokers in the US report that keeping up with technology is the biggest hurdle their agents face.

Keeping up with technology can be scary; there’s something new each day, but it does come with its benefits. According to research, realtors earning $100,000 or more are more than twice as likely to use advanced technological tools to organize their workflow (including their notes). We’ll cover two ways through which you can supercharge your notes using technology.

1. Use a CRM

CRM is short for Customer Relationship Management. CRM systems are online tools that help you stay in touch, and manage relationships with your prospective and existing clients. You no longer have to worry about forgetting to send a follow-up email or forgetting to schedule a meeting, the CRM will take care of it for you.

When used efficiently, a CRM will make your job a hundred times easier and save you a lot of anxiety. Some notable CRMs for real estate agents are BoomTown, HubSpot, Contactually & Wise Agent.

  1. Free apps

When it comes to just organizing your notes, apps like Evernote, OneNote, and Simplenote are just as good as a CRM. Best of all, these apps are free. So if you don’t need the extra features of a CRM, you can download these apps and within a few minutes you’ll be able to take your notes to the next level.

Tip #2: Go beyond just simple note-taking

As a realtor, you encounter a lot of properties, vendors, leads, and clients (both buyers and sellers). Even if you’re fairly efficient at taking and organizing your notes, things can get quite confusing. Which client wanted a house with the mountain view? And which house needed new floors in the living room!? Here are three ways you can solve this problem.

  1. Use pictures & Video

We usually think of note-taking as just jotting down text. But these days, good note-taking goes beyond that. It’s been proven time and time again that human beings are much better with visual information than we are at remembering and organizing walls of text. So the first thing you should do is take lots of pictures for your notes. That way, even if your notes are missing some details you later need, you’ll be able to pull up the pictures to fill in those missing details.

  1. Don’t forget the human factor

No matter which method you’re using for your note-taking, you have to organize your notes around the leads and the clients. Include even the smallest details such as their birthdays or their wedding anniversary and send them flowers and gifts on special occasions.

3. Summarize

Detailed notes are great but it’s a pain to sift through ten pages of notes to find one crucial detail.  Always summarize your notes when they are fresh in your brain. So, what can you include in your summary? Your personal impressions of the home, how each room makes you feel, the dimensions of each room, and the renovations or repairs that are needed. You can even rate each home you visit on a scale of 1-10 based on this criteria. Summarizing will save you a lot of headache later on.

These tips and tools will enable you to organize your notes much better and as a result, you’ll become a lot more efficient at your work. Let us know if you applied any of these tips and how they benefited you.

If you’d like for us to cover a particular topic in our upcoming newsletters, please let us know!

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Benefits of Well Water Quality Testing & Inspections

Benefits of Well Water Quality Testing & Inspections

A number of Colorado homes utilize wells to provide water to drink, cook, bathe and so much more. Frequent Well Water Testing is essential to ensure resident’s health and safety and there is no better time to test a home then when you are buying or selling it!

Axium Inspections provides first-rate Well Water Quality Testing and Inspections.  We test to ensure that your water quality is high, that it is not contaminated and that your well-pump is working at optimal capacity.

During a well water quality inspection, we take samples of the water for analysis at a local lab as well as conduct a well-water flow test. We will test that the pump operates at an acceptable capacity for an extended period of time by measuring the time in which it takes the well to fill a five-gallon bucket. This gives us a more accurate estimate wherein we can then provide you with information on your well-pump’s functionality. It also lets us know whether there may be any issues such as a crack in your pump that otherwise would not be discovered.

Domestic Water Sample Reports Include:

  • Total Alkalinity (mg/L as CaCo3)
  • Bicarbonate (mg/L)
  • Carbonate (mg/L)
  • Chloride (mg/L)
  • Iron (mg/L)
  • Fluoride (mg/L)
  • Potassium (mg/L)
  • Nitrate Nitrogen (mg/L)
  • pH (units)
  • Calcium (mg/L)
  • Magnesium (mg/L)
  • Sodium (mg/L)
  • Sodium Adsorption Ration (units)
  • Total Hardness (mg/L as CaCO3)
  • Sulfate (mg/L)
  • Total Dissolved Solids(mg/L)
    *mg/L = Milligrams Per Liter or PPM

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How to Build a Strong Preferred Vendor Network

How to Build a Strong Preferred Vendor Network

When prospective home buyers and sellers begin to look for a real estate agent to work with, one of the most commonly mentioned traits that they want their agent to possess is a strong professional reputation. Although it is not required, one of the most effective ways to grow and maintain a successful reputation in real estate is to form strong relationships with local vendors. It is highly uncommon to purchase a home that is absolutely perfect and does not contain any cosmetic or material defects, even with new builds! Going above and beyond to have a list of vetted, highly qualified vendors on hand to assist your clients with any necessary further evaluations or repairs will help you stand out among other agents.

Team Axium takes pride in our network of highly screened vendor partners that we refer to clients when defects arise during inspections and further evaluation is needed. We wanted to share some tips on how to develop a strong list of preferred vendors/partners and help you make the most of referral networks.

Do Your Research

Before you can produce a list of vendors to refer to your clients, you need to do some research. It is important that your list contains only highly qualified companies to match your level of exceptional service as an agent. A great place to start this process is to brainstorm a list of service categories that you know you will need to include in your network (Electricians, HVAC specialists, Plumbers, Structural Engineers, etc.) If you are unsure of where to start, think back on common questions, needs and issues from your previous clients and jot down some notes. Try to be as broad as possible so that you have at least one vendor to recommend for each service category that someone may need. It is also important to try to have at least one back up for each category in the event that a company is unavailable when your client needs them.

Find the Top-Notch Experts

Now that you have a list of vendor categories you know you need to look for, there are a few different places that Team Axium recommends directing your research to ensure that you find strong partners as you expand your network. The internet is by far the best resource to utilize when looking for strong recommendations. Websites like Google, the Better Business Bureau, Yelp, Facebook and Angi provide important insight into the company’s history as well as the quality of service that it provides for its clients.  

 

When researching companies, it is important to pay close attention to things like:

  • The number of total reviews left for the business.
  • The total overall review rating (1-5 or A-F scale).
  • The number of years the company has been in business.
  • The company’s general pricing. Is it competitive?
  • What guarantees and/or warranties do they offer their clients?
  • Their website. Is the company’s mission and scope of services clear? Does it have clear contact information listed?
  • Do they offer last minute appointments? Are they open on the weekends?

 

Once you have developed a solid list of vendors, we recommend creating a word document or spreadsheet to have on hand for your clients as the need for a referral arises.

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