ASHI Certified Home Inspector #242887
All MHI home inspections follow the ASHI Standard Of Practice and include:
At Minnesota Home Inspectors we go beyond the ASHI standards and include:
What is a home inspection? Do I need a home inspection? Watch the video below to find out.
There is no state regulation of Home Inspectors in Minnesota. Therefore many people are performing home inspections with little or no experience or training. These are the inspectors with "online" certifications. They don't want you to attend the inspection as they don't want you to see how unqualified they really are. They'll give you a "Free 90 day Warranty" or enroll in their "Home Buyback Program" and sell your personal information to other companies. These are typically the lowest priced inspections and are often referred by real estate agents. They have no insurance, and you'll get a check list report with few or no pictures in a day or two. You'll have to pay cash or write the check directly to the inspector since their "business" is on the side.
If the cost of your home inspection is your main concern, it shouldn't be. Not all inspectors, inspections or inspection reports are the same. The easiest way to determine if the home inspector is right for you is by viewing their Previously Owned Home Sample Report or New Home Sample Report. It does you no good to spend $25 less if you cannot read the inspection report or you don't know what the home inspector is referring to in the inspection report.
Home buyer’s inspection
Buyer’s inspections are the most common type of inspection. The persons purchasing the property hire an inspector to help identify major defects and other problems so they can make an informed decision about the building's condition.
Home seller’s inspection
A homeowner who is selling their house hires an inspector to identify problems with their house. The seller shares the report with any potential buyers or make any necessary repairs so the house is known to be in good condition, encouraging a quick sale.
Pre-delivery inspection (New home inspection)
The pre-delivery inspection applies to brand new homes. (Yes, you should have your new home inspected. See our New Home Sample Report to see why.) These inspections take place up to a week before a closing and they allow buyers the opportunity to inspect their new home. Additionally, the inspection is to ensure that the home is substantially completed and major items are in working order. We'll also verify that the siding, shingles and HVAC systems are installed to the manufacturer's specifications so as not to void their warrantees.
Historic home inspections (Homes over 100 years old)
We specialize in historic home inspections. The majority of the homes we inspect are over 100 years old. Here is a Historic Home Sample Report from an actual inspection we've performed.
Eleventh month inspection
An 11th month inspection is an inspection of a home less than one year old, before the builder's warranty ends, to discover any defects requiring warranty service.
Multi-family home inspection
Basically the same as a home buyer's inspection, but for duplexes, triplexes and fourplexes.
Light commercial inspection
Warehouses, small retail buildings, small industrial buildings.
Limited scope inspection
This type of inspection is not for real estate transactions and you must currently own the property. You pick the system; roof, siding, windows, furnace, air conditioning, deck, etc. We'll provide you with a written report, including pictures of it's current condition and any recommendations we may have.
The typical home inspection takes between 2 1/2 and 3 1/2 hours. We encourage our clients to attend the entire inspection. Not only do we inform our clients about the deficiencies, we also take the time to educate them regarding maintenance of the systems in their new home.
We email the report in PDF format to the client and (with the client's permission) their agent the same day, typically within the hour.
Before you leave the inspection you'll receive your inspector's direct cell phone number. Feel free to call us directly at any time. We're happy to answer any and all questions.
We are able to provide next day inspections with the reports delivered the same day. We service the following cities and counties in Minnesota: Minneapolis, St Paul, Woodbury, Maplewood, Coon Rapids, Andover, St. Paul Park, St. Louis Park, Plymouth, Savage, Roseville, Apple Valley, Brooklyn Park, Maple Grove, Stillwater, White Bear Lake, Hugo, Little Canada, North St. Paul, Lino Lakes, Shoreview, Prior Lake, Lakeville, Bayport, Newport, Cottage Grove, Farmington, Hastings, Hampton, South Saint Paul, North Saint Paul, Ham Lake, Arden Hills, Hilltop, Falcon Heights, Hennepin, Ramsey, Washington, Anoka, Sherburne, Carver, Wright, Scott, Dakota, Southern Isanti, and Southern Chisago.