Inspections

Here is a short list of some home inspectors in the Twin Cities metro area. Estimates are based on an 1100 finished square foot single family home.



REASSURANCE HOME INSPECTIONS
http://www.rhimn.com

Dave Taurinskas – 612-701-9672
Doug Palmer – 612-916-4142
Troy Forbes – 763-350-6925

Veterans a discount on all home inspections

$375
Rentals: + $125 per unit

Dave is the VP of the Midwest Assoc of Home Inspectors
In charge of education, works with Minnesota Assoc of Realtors

Dave and his inspectors have been trained how to examine a house for moisture, and if they find enough moisture they can prequalify it for a free Preliminary Bacteria and Mold Evaluation Test. These tests go 3”or 5” into the walls, and can provide you with a mitigation estimate. Normally these tests cost $350-500, but if Dave's company can prequalify your house, you get it for free.

Dave refers out radon tests. After thoroughly researching the issue, he found that accurate radon testing requires a year of observation, as there is too much fluctuation by day and week. Also, radon equipment is allowed to be off by 25%. A test out radon tests in St. Cloud showed that there is a 13 point difference among radon tests. Cancer correlation is based on assumption, not proof. You can buy a Safety Siren device for less than a radon test, can plug it in and continually average out radon levels.

To avoid distraction: Dave prefers end of inspection an hour for client to be there.



MINNESOTA HOME INSPECTORS

https://www.minnesotahomeinspectors.com
651-489-4633
$400, sometimes seasonal discounts
Radon - only till end of 2018, $75 if do with inspection
They bring a moisture detector.
Prefer buyer at inspection.



RESIDENTIAL INSPECTION SERVICES
https://www.inspectionsmn.com
Residential Inspection Services
5817 Hansen Rd
Edina, MN  55436
(952) 929-7323
$375, +50-75 for duplex
$150 Radon
Brings moisture meter and infrared device
Prefers buyer at inspection
Scheduling some Saturdays


AMERISPEC INSPECTION SERVICES
www.amerispechome.com
952-854-5110
This a company based in Memphis, that has franchises all over the U.S.  Their Minnesota franchise is based in Bloomington. They have 5 salaried inspectors, all who have been doing inspections for over 11 years. Current prices they quoted me (May 2014) were:
  • Home inspection:  $365 (minus $50 referral discount or coupon which is sometimes available on their page)
  • Radon Test $145 (results can be obtained in 48 hours)
  • Both tests:  $460 (includes $50 coupon)




SEWER LINE VIDEO INSPECTIONS
Here are some contractors who do sewer pipe video inspections and repairs.


Ron the Sewer Rat
612-389-9393
$178


Drain Busters 
Inspections only, no repairs.
952-925-9583
$175/video inspection.
They send out a link to the video.
http://drainbustersmn.com


M and B Services, Jim Boston
Sewer excavation & lining
612-710-8892
Licensed in St. Paul, Mpls, and metro areas
www.mb-servicesllc.com
This company gave the lowest estimate for a client of mine, others were 1k+ higher.  Jim says they like to do their research before giving an estimate, not just throw numbers out there.


Gene's Water and Sewer
Sewer excavation & lining
612-781-3737
Metro area except St. Paul
https://www.geneswaterandsewer.com/services.html


ASAP Underground

Sewer excavation & lining
Free Estimates
Work in St. Paul & Mpls
651-493-3744


Matt's Plumbing Solutions LLC

651-464-6937
Minneapolis and St. Paul trenchless pipe repair company
Video inspection of $195 to make an estimate
http://www.minnesotapipelining.com


Trenchless Pipe Lining
866-690-7451
Website says no damage to basement or need to trench.
https://www.craftsmanpipelining.com/st-paul-pipe-lining-company-does-trenchless-sewer-repair-lasting-100-years/


Minneapolis & Suburban Sewer & Water

612-861-6076
Free Estimates
https://minneapolisandsuburbansewerandwater.com



CHIMNEY INSPECTIONS
When chimneys get old, the clay tile lining the chimneys tend to crack. This can allow flames to penetrate outside the stack and cause a fire.  Repairs can run several thousand dollars. These are very well advised inspections to do.  All these chimney inspectors will provide repair estimates if needed.


Chimney Doctors

952-888-5252Entire metro area
$209 if cleaning not needed, includes a camera inspection (depends on creosote buildup)
$289 if cleaning needed (they won't know till they get there)
Check their website for specials 
https://www.chimneydoctorsmn.com


2nd Generation Chimneys
612-255-9891
199 if cleaning not needed, includes a camera inspection (depends on creosote buildup)
299 if cleaning needed (they won't know till they get there)
Check their website for specials
https://www.2ndgenerationchimneys.com


Nick's Chimney Cleaning
612-504-8443

Inspections:
175 Level I inspection:  Pictures, but no camera, no cleaning
239 Level II Inspection:  Camera, no cleaning

Inspection and Cleaning:
239 -- Cleaning and Pictures, no camera
289 -- Cleaning and Camera

https://www.nickschimneyservicemn.com




STAND ALONE RADON TESTING
Usually inspectors are able to do radon testing, but if you want to order it yourself, here are a few options.

Twin Cities Radon Testing
Jeremy
612-245-3222
$195
And the agent needs to be there to let the person in.
https://www.twincitiesradonservices.com/


N orth Star Radon Testing
(651) 483-5885http://www.northstarradon.com/



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