One of Nonprofit Home Inspection’s lead Portland home inspectors is Charles Lewis. Charles is an Oregon Certified Home Inspector (# 1740), a Washington Licensed Home Inspector (# 1561) and a licensed general contractor (CCB # 204515). Charles has over 15 years of construction experience ranging from working his way through college as a construction surveyor in Alaska to serving as the general contractor for a $4 million community center. Over the years, Charles has built houses from the ground up, remodeled existing homes, renovated churches and community centers, installed rainwater cisterns, built ecoroofs, and even installed wind turbines among many other activities. Because of the breadth of his construction experiences, Charles has a firm understanding of modern building science and is able to give comprehensive, experience-based home inspection reports that are easy to understand.
Charles earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Portland and a master’s degree from Harvard University.
Charles decided to become a licensed home inspector in order to help protect families from unknown hazards in the homes. When he was growing up, Charles’ single mother purchased a “fixer upper” that needed a lot of work. Raising 6 kids mostly by herself by working as a waitress, Charles’ mother wasn’t able to afford a proper home inspection. Years later, she was diagnosed with mesothelioma because of exposure to asbestos. Not wanting other families to go through similar ordeals, Charles’ mission is to conduct the best possible home inspections for the general public and low income families alike. Charles and Nonprofit Home Inspections donate their services to other nonprofit organizations including safe houses for victims of domestic violence, weatherization programs for seniors, and affordable housing programs for low income residents. By using Nonprofit Home Inspections for your own home inspection, you are helping to create healthy homes for some of Oregon’s most vulnerable populations.