profile picture

Answers to buyer's concerns from inspectors who listen.  
Welcome, and THANK YOU for viewing

Dear Customers, REALTORS, family & friends.  It is with mixed feelings that we announce our retirement effective October 19, 2019..  We are grateful to all those who have been so loyal to Hankey & Brown Inspections during over four decades of inspections in the Twin Cities.  Do not hesitate to call or email if you have questions about prior inspections or need advice on conditions in your house, but we are preparing for the next phase in our lives and are not taking any new cases after October 19.
THANK YOU for the confidence and trust you have placed in us and the many interesting homes and buildings you have permitted us to examine.  Best wishes to you and your family.


Our    Mission:

Listen carefully to your inspection needs. 
Provide valuable information and services tailored to meet those needs.
We explain the benefits and limitations of ASHI® inspections.

You can hire the most experienced Minnesota home inspector available! Home buying involves potential unforeseen costs AND opportunities for the new owners.  You need an ASHI® Certified Inspector. Thousands of home buyers have had us inspect homes, report adverse conditions, and recommend reasonable repairs and improvements.  We use our experience, ethics, and training to provide award winning service and reduce the potential for undisclosed risks. Whether you are looking for your first house or a retirement dream home, put our experience to work for you.   We also offer Infrared Thermography and RADON tests  (optional for additional fee). Our inspections typically include energy conservation suggestions to improve the efficiency and comfort of the house.  
To order a Minnesota Home Inspection, call 952 829-0044, or submit the form at the bottom of this page  We cannot schedule a pre-purchase inspection until you have a signed purchase agreement (with inspection contingency.)
Roger has obtained the MN Dept. of Health license to do RADON tests and will continue to use radon monitors that provide prompt results upon conclusion of the tests.  

You benefit from our 43 years experience in home inspections.    We have inspected houses similar to those you're considering. We're the most experienced ASHI® Certified Inspectors in Minnesota. (Inspector's credentials)  We serve Minneapolis, St. Paul and suburbs including Eden Prairie, Edina, Chanhassen, Chaska, Shakopee, St.Louis Park, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Bloomington, and Plymouth.  
Read our customers reviews.  Their ratings have made us the most awarded home inspection firm in the Twin Cities.  We also consult on Wet Basements,  Ice Dams, and Moisture Intrusion.


                                                    ASHI logo                                                    

We are ASHI® Certified  Inspectors (ACI).    Roger Hankey is a  National Radon Proficiency Program certified Radon Measurement professional NRPP ID 105728RT and is licensed by Minnesota Dept. of Health (MDH #00031).  Information on radon in Minnesota real estate transactions.  Roger also offers inspector training and is a subscriber and advisor to ProSpex(sm) an inspector support service.

"Before We Speak House, We LISTEN." We include YOUR concerns in the inspection. We understand you don't buy a house often or are buying your first home.  We take 3-4 hours to inspect the house.  We check how the house has handled Minnesota climate stresses, look for energy efficiency opportunities, and do carbon monoxide tests.    
Ask us a question.   
 This site includes  "Troubled Houses" - The home owners information resource.  The photo below is an example of an adverse condition detail we find and report in our thorough inspections.

Melted rings at top of a gas water heater.  Troubled Houses-A Home Owner's Resource. (C) 2011 ASHI Certified Inspectors in Eden Prairie, MN
We look for important details, report the findings, and make recommendations.  See our home buying tips: Buyer & Agent information.


Two important other pre- purchase services to schedule are:

# A sewer video scan to determine the condition of the sewer pipe.

# Fireplace flue cleaning & video scan if the house has a wood burning fireplace.

We can refer you to qualified firms for these services. We do not object to these services being performed during the time scheduled for the home inspection

Your questions are answered at an on-site briefing.   We explain our findings and offer maintenance tips.   

We also do Radon Tests & Moisture Investigations and provide inspection consulting services on other issues including ice dams and wet basements for buyers, sellers, and property owners.   Now offering infrared camera thermal imaging service for both residential and industrial customers.  See HUD's "Ten questions to ask your home inspector."  See our News & Hot tips section for important information on central air conditioners built before 2010. 


   Roger Hankey, ASHI Certified Inspector in Eden Prairie, MN

Read ASHI® Reporter articles written by Roger Hankey, a national authority on home inspections.  Roger has taught home inspection classes across the US and held many leadership positions in ASHI.  He is the most senior member of ASHI® in Minnesota and received the first ASHI® President's award in 1989 for his leadership on the ASHI Standards.  Roger also has written and reviewed articles for    Home inspection is a humbling task requiring curiosity and mindfulness.  We try to learn from each assignment and share the benefits of those lessons with you.  Some of those lessons can be found on our Troubled Houses page.

We serve the entire Twin Cities area.  We also inspect commercial buildings such as small retail facilities and apartment buildings.

Inspection Request form

Please include all the information you can, to help us schedule your appointment promptly. Thank you.