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To order a Minneapolis home inspection, call 952 829-0044, or submit the form on the bottom of the page. We recommend you request a 5 business day inspection deadline in your offer (inspection contingency).
You benefit from our 43 years experience in home inspections. We have inspected Minneapolis houses similar to the one you're considering. We're the most experienced ASHI® Certified Inspectors in Minnesota. (Inspector's credentials)
Roger Hankey lived in Minneapolis from 1970 to 1987 and began his inspection career in 1975 with the Minneapolis Truth in Sale of Housing program. Cheryll Brown grew up in Minneapolis and joined Roger as a Truth in Sale of Housing evaluator in 1984. Roger & Cheryll have owned Minneapolis homes in Prospect Park of SE Minneapolis, Peavey Park area near Franklin Av., and on Park Av. near Minnehaha Creek.
Minneapolis is one of the few cities in Minnesota that softens water at a centralized softening plant. This saves customers the expense of buying and maintaining a softener. The softening plant removes around 32 tons of minerals from city water every day. The minerals removed are used to help neutralize soil on Minnesota and Wisconsin farmlands. Minneapolis is in Hennepin County. Click here to search county property records by address. (Owner, assessed value, property taxes, most recent sale information, map, legal description, etc.)
Building permit history on Minneapolis homes is available online. The online information includes a Truth in Sale of Housing report on homes listed for sale. This report is NOT a buyer's inspection and often has information that is incomplete or inaccurate, however it is important to read the Truth in Sale of Housing report BEFORE signing a purchase agreement.
Minneapolis has loans programs for qualifying first time home buyers. (To assist in down payment and closing costs.) Click here for more information on this program.
Minneapolis has many fine city and neighborhood parks and trails including a famous cross town route known as the Midtown Greenway. You may see inspector Roger Hankey riding on this and other city trails that connect with trails to St. Louis Park, Hopkins and the western suburbs of Minnetonka, Eden Prairie, and Chanhassen, and Chaska.
Read what our customers say about us. Their ratings have made us the most awarded home inspectors in the Twin Cities. We also consult on Wet Basements, Ice Dams, and Moisture Intrusion.
We are ASHI Certified Inspectors (ACI). Roger Hankey is a National Radon Proficiency Program certified Radon Measurement professional. NRPP ID 105728RT and is licensed in Minnesota for radon measurement. See the latest StarTribune article on radon in Twin Cities homes. We have found elevated levels of radon in numerous Minneapolis homes."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. (plus Photos of the Month)
Also see our tips on home buying at Buyer & Agent information.
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." NEW! Subscribe to our monthly memo on home buying and home maintenance.
Click here to 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 inspectapedia.com. Home inspection is a humbling task requiring a 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.