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Doing home inspections in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Minnesota and the surrounding areas.  Older/New homes, All inspections- Sellers and Buyers, FHA/VA/HUD and NACA inspections. Multi Unit,  Small Commercial Properties, Mold Testing, Asbestos Testing, Air Quality Testing, Moisture Detection, Thermal Imaging, 48 Hour EPA Radon Testing. 

https://www.expertise.com/mn/minneapolis/home-inspection voted Ross one of 18 best home inspectors in Minneapolis 2016.

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Ross Brown ACI    ASHI Certified Home Inspector   612-991-6242       Member of ASHI-American Society of Home Inspector  Member of MSHI -Minnesota Society of Home Inspectors

Member of BBB - A+ Standing    5 Star Ratings.from clients.  14 years experience.                      Member of MARR-Minnesota Association of Realtors- having the privilege of using a Supra Key-there is never a problem with access to the house/building to be inspected.                         

                                       ACCEPTS CREDIT CARDs     Fully Insured with the State of Minnesota.

 Approved Minnesota Home Inspector doing home inspections in Minneapolis, St. Paul and 7 counties.  Hennepin,Carver, Ramsey, Washington, Dakota, Anoka and Wright Counties.                    

  • 48 Hour EPA Radon Testing I have 3 monitors.
  • Tramex Moisture Detector.
  • Indoor Air Quality Testing- Mold and/or Asbestos.
  • Thermal Imaging.
  • Educated Evaluation.
  • Electronic Key- so I can get access to house without the help of a realtor.
  • Buyers/Pre-Sellers Inspections/Multi Unit Inspections/Older Homes/New Construction.
  • Residential Inspections/Small Commercial Inspections.
  • FHA/HUD/VA and NACA Inspections/Draw Inspections.  
  • ASHI Certified Inspectors- only home inspectors who have completed a recognized certification  process.                                      

        Minnesota does not have any licensing for home inspectors. That means anyone can hang out a sign saying they a home inspector.  After my schooling and  after turning over my inspection reports, I joined ASHI.  To become an ASHI member you have to have a minimum of inspections checked by ASHI to make sure the report is up to their standard.  Then there are 3 tests to pass and a yearly requirement of continuing education courses. I joined ASHI because it is the hardest organization to be a member of and it is the most trusted and respected home inspector society. My inspections are around 3-4 hours and my report takes 1-1/2 hours to prepare and email that day and mail out the next.

 Also included in my report is information  about what to do to your house for changing seasons and I give estimated costs to fix or replace items/appliancees/patios/decks etc.  This information helps you know what to plan for costs for tomorrow.   The report is emailed out that day and the report booklet is mailed out the next day.  

Who belongs to ASHI? ASHI is an organization of independent, professional home inspectors who are required to make a commitment, from the day they join as ASHI Associates, to conduct inspections in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics, which prohibits engaging in conflict-of-interest activities that might compromise their objectivity. ASHI Associates work their way to ASHI Certified Inspector status as they meet rigorous requirements, including passing a comprehensive, written technical exam and performing a minimum of 250 professional, fee-paid home inspections conducted in accordance with the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. Mandatory continuing education helps the membership stay current with the latest in technology, materials and professional skills.
Do I have to be there?
While it’s not required that you be present for the inspection, it is highly recommended. You will be able to observe the inspector and ask questions as you learn about the condition of the home and how maintain it.           
No house is perfect. If the inspector identifies problems, it doesn't't’t mean you should or shouldn't't’t buy the house, only that you will know in advance what to expect. If your budget is tight, or if you don’t want to become involved in future repair work, this information will be important to you. If major problems are found, a seller may agree to make repairs.

         Approved Minnesota Home inspector doing home inspections in Hennepin, Carver, Wright, Anoka, Ramsey, Washington and Dakota counties  Albertville, Andover, Annadale, Anoka, Appleton, Apple Valley, Arden Hills, Bayport, Becker, Belle Plaine, Blaine, Blooming  Prairie, Bloomington, Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Center, Buffalo, Huntsville ,Cannon Falls, Carver, Champlain, Chanhassen, Chaska, Chisago City, Columbia Heights, Coon Rapids, Corcoran, Cottage Grove, Crystal, Deephaven, Delano, Dexter, Eagan, East Bethel, Eden Prairie, Edina, Elk River, Excelsior, Farmington, Forest City, Fridley, Glencoe, Golden Valley, Goodhue, Greenfield, Ham Lake, Hanover,Hastings, Hopkins, Hugo, Independence, Inver Grove Heights, Isanti, Jordan, Lake Elmo, Lake St. Croix, Beach, Lilydale, Little Canada, Litchfield, Long Lake, Loretto, Mahnomen, Mahtomedi, Maple Grove, Maple Lake,  Maple Plaine, Maplewood, Marine on St. Croix,Mayer,Medicine Lake, Medina, Mendota, Minneapolis, Minnetonka, Minnetonka Beach, Minnetrista, Montevideo, Monticello, Mound, Mounds View, New Brighten, New Germany,         New Hope, New Market, Newport, New Prague, Nicolllet, North Branch, North Oaks, North St. Paul, Norwood Young America, Oakdale, Orono, Otsego, Plymouth, Prior Lake,Ramsey, Red Wing, Richfield, Robbinsdale, Rockford, Rogers, Roseville, St. Anthony, St. Bonifacius, St. Louis Park, St. Micheal, St. Paul, Savage, Shakopee, Sherburn, Shoreview, Shorewood, South St. Paul, Spring Lake Park, Spring Park, Stillwater, Tonka Bay, Vadnais Heights, Waconia, Watertown, Wayzata, West St. Paul, West Point, White Bear Lake, Willmar, Woodbury, Zimmerman.

 

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Home Inspector doing home inspections and Radon Testing in MN :

 Fall is the time to prepare your house for Winter, before the temperatures drop below freezing.  

Follow these simple guidelines to winterize your home and save money on utilities. Inside Your Home

Have your furnace serviced to ensure it's working efficiently and not emitting carbon monoxide                                         .

  • Clean permanent furnace filters and replace paper or disposable filters.
  • Replace the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • If you have a wood stove or fireplace, have your chimney swept thoroughly.
  • It should be cleaned before the soot build up reaches one-fourth inch thickness inside the chimney flue.
  • Check your water heater for leaks and maintain proper temperature setting (120 degrees recommended by Department of Energy).
  • On older water heaters with less insulation, for every 10 degrees Fahrenheit you lower the temperature, you save 6 percent of your water heating energy.
  • Call your home inspector or utility for an energy audit, particularly of the attic to see if insulation needs to be added or air leaks sealed.
  • This is the most significant area of heat loss in many homes. 
  • Check all windows and doors for air leaks. Install storm windows and putty, caulk or add weather stripping as needed.

If you have an air to air heat exchanger (HRV) clean its air intake, filters and core.

                                                                                                                      

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