Mike Kauffman - Owner and Inspector

Home inspections covering Southwest Michigan since 2011.

  • NIBI, NACHI, ASHI certified for Home Inspectors, Licensed for Home Inspections - State of Indiana
  • Licensed Wood Destroying Insect Inpsections - Office of State Chemist, Purdue University
  • 5 Inspectors completing 30 to 40 inspections every week
  • Residential and Commercial Inspections, Pre-lisiting Inspections, Radon Testing, Well and Water Testing, Mold Testing, Wood Destroying Inspect Inspections
  • Member; Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors, Battle Creek Area Association of Realtors, Southwest Michigan Association of Realtors, St Joseph County Association of Realtors, South Bend Mishawaka Associations of Realtors

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Drew Kauffman - Home Inspector/Owner

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Dan DeCamp - Home Inspector

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Jeff Robson - Home Inspector

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Donna Collier - Office Manager

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Stephanie Szekely - Marketing Manager

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Dylan Huls - Home Inspector

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Mike Kauffman

Owner/Home Inspector

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"Some great observations, very professional and handled the presention of the results to the buyer extremely well. It was amazing how close his estimates ended up being and I would definately have them do another inspection. The right balance of pointing out the pros and cons of the home in an unbiased prosessional manner"

– T. C. - Realtor
Kalamazoo

Dan was very knowledgeable and thorough with his inspection. He was friendly and offered good informative answers to my questions in detail. We spent about 3 hours looking over the home, deck and garage.

– S. H. - Buyer
Battle Creek

The inspector always does a great job of explaining his findings to the potential buyers and answering their questions fully.

– W. S. - Agent
St Joseph, MI

We've used Housemaster 3 times in the last 2 years. During each encounter the inspector was professional and extremely knowledgable; reports were detailed and easy to interpret and the office staff/schedulers were accommodating. Thanks

– S. B. - Buyer
St Joseph, MI

You did all on time, you presented me the Radon report first and then the complete inspection report in a detailed manner, that allowed me a broad understanding of the situation, in spite of being far away in Brazil, my work colleague that was present at the inspection told me he will use that inspector when he will need one, that that inspector was an experienced and trustful professional, I`m a lot satisfied by your detailed report, now I am much more confident about buying or not that house, thanks a lot for your serious work, it`s much important to us.

– M. M. - Buyer
St Joseph, MI

It was a pre-sale inspection and identified areas I needed to address before listing my house for sale. Great Investment.

– S. J. - Seller
Stevensville, MI

Drew was amazing. He answered all my questions and was detailed in his report. He made me much more confident in my home purchase.

– R. B. - Home Buyer
Kalamazoo, MI

I had an inspection done yesterday by Dan DeCamp whom had previously done an inspection for me. I just wanted to let you know that he did another phenomenal job! Please let him know that I really appreciate how thorough and knowledgeable he is/was.

– M. O. - Home Buyer
Kalamazoo, MI

ROOFING

ROOFING

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible roof covering materials, (shingles), flashings at roof penetrations and valleys, skylights, chimneys, gutters and downspouts. We will assess the condition of these elements for proper function; looking for evidence of leakage or worn, damage, or missing components. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

EXTERIOR ELEMENTS

EXTERIOR ELEMENTS

Here is a general description of what we look for in an inspection: Visible siding and trim, windows, doors, garages, porches, decks, stairs, and railings. We will assess the condition of these elements for proper construction and function; looking for evidence of damage, missing components or other conditions that might lead to infiltration, or functional concerns. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible areas of all walls, ceilings, stairways, representative windows and doors, and attic areas. We will look for signs of leakage and damage, sagging or other significant structural concerns. Representative windows will be operated to determine function. In accessible attics, besides assessing structural components, we will note insulation and ventilation conditions. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE

FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible load-bearing framing components, foundation walls, slabs, piers and columns and other major structural components found in basements and crawlspaces. Visible and readily accessible structural components will be assessed for function and presence of damage, decay or other defects. We will look for water penetration conditions at below grade areas. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

KITCHEN

KITCHEN

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Plumbing fixtures, built-in appliances such as the dishwasher, cooktop, ovens, ventilators and built in cabinetry. We will check plumbing fixtures looking for water pressure or drainage issues and visible signs of leaks. We will check basic operational modes of the appliances and ventilators and look at cabinets and countertops for significant deficiencies. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

HEATING SYSTEM

HEATING SYSTEM

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible components of the central heating system (boilers, furnaces, heat pumps and electric baseboards) including associated fuel-supply piping, venting, and the heat distribution system (ductwork or piping). Readily visible components of fireplaces and stoves are also inspected. We will operate the heating system, subject to seasonal conditions, to assess for proper burner operation and visible fuel supply piping or venting issues. The condition of visible portions of the distribution system and presence of a functional heat supply to each area of the house will be noted. We will assess the physical condition of readily accessible fireplace components including exteriors of chimneys and vents. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

COOLING SYSTEM

COOLING SYSTEM

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible components of the central air conditioning or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution system ductwork. We will operate the system, subject to seasonal conditions, to assess function and check the condition of the accessible indoor and outdoor components. The distribution system will be assessed for functional cooling to each area of the house. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

ELECTRICAL

ELECTRICAL

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible service panels components and household wiring and devices. We will assess the condition of readily accessible panel components, note the presence of GFCIs, AFCIs and smoke alarms and check the operation of representative outlets, switches, fixtures and other devices. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

PLUMBING

PLUMBING

Here is a general description of what we inspect: Visible water supply piping, distribution piping, waste system piping, water heaters and plumbing fixtures. The inspection includes assessment of the physical condition of piping, kitchen and bathroom fixtures such as tubs, showers, toilets, and the operation of the fixtures to assess for the presence of functional flow and drainage and leakage. The physical condition and operation of water heating components will also be assessed. But don’t take our word for it, watch us in action!

RADON SCREENING

RADON SCREENING

A radon screening consists of a short-term test by a qualified individual to determine the possible presence of elevated levels of radon gas pursuant to local regulations or practices for real estate transactions. Radon is an odorless, colorless and radioactive byproduct of natural soil decay known to increase the risk of cancer in those exposed. It is recommended that all homes be tested for radon and radon mitigation methods be employed when elevated levels are found.

WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS

WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS

A Termite Inspection (also referred to as a Wood Destroying Inspection or Wood Destroying Organism Inspection) includes a visual examination of the readily accessible areas of the home for evidence of wood-destroying insect activity such as termites, or carpenter ants or the visible damage caused by infestations.

WATER TESTING

WATER TESTING

Water testing services include taking a water sample following accepted protocols with analysis of samples performed by a certified lab. Elements to be sampled will be based on client request or common local practices. General options include a basic water Potability test for Coliform (bacteria) and other elements such as Nitrate/Nitrite, Hardness, Acidity (pH). Expanded testing options may include volatile organic compounds (fuels), heavy metals (lead, etc.) or other elements required or recommended by local authorities or common practice such as when a property is located in close proximity to agricultural land, mining, dry cleaning establishments, gas stations, industrial facilities, landfills, or other known or suspected local hazards exist.

POOL

POOL

The inspection of a pool includes an inspection of the visible (above water) pool and or spa elements including assessment of the physical condition of accessible decking, coping , walkways, and other surfaces. exposed electric and plumbing components, the filter and heater, if applicable.

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PRIVATE WATER

PRIVATE WATER

A private onsite water supply (well) system inspection involves an inspection of visible interior pumps, piping, pressure and/or storage tanks and an assessment of the water flow (volume/pressure) from representative fixtures based on a representative water draw from plumbing fixtures. A well inspection does not include inspection of any buried or concealed components, determination of the water supply/source adequacy (yield or well capacity) or water quality.

LEAD PAINT SCREENING

LEAD PAINT SCREENING

This screening includes taking one or more samples of paint on surfaces inside and/or outside of the home following recognized protocol, with analysis by a certified lab. A lead paint screening is not intended to determine whether lead is a hazard; rather it determines whether sampled surfaces contain lead-based paint. Sampling can include bulk sampling, which includes removing paint chips and then forwarding to a qualified laboratory for analysis include or use of XRF (x-ray fluorescence) equipment.

MOLD SCREENING

MOLD SCREENING

Mold screening consists of air and/or surface (bulk) sampling to determine the possible presence of elevated levels of mold spores or verify the presence of a mold growth at suspect areas. Basic mold screening generally includes one air sample in one interior area of the house and one outdoor control sample, with surface sampling of random or client requested suspect mold growths. Air and bulk samples are processed by a qualified laboratory to determine results. Mold levels are subject to constant change due to house construction, maintenance issues, component deterioration, climatic conditions, indoor air quality, and other factors. The need for additional bulk, surface or air sampling or a mold assessment may be indicated by results of a basic mold screening or other reported conditions or changes in conditions.

EIFS WATER INTRUSION INSPECTION

EIFS WATER INTRUSION INSPECTION

An water intrusion inspection of a house clad with EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System, also known as Synthetic Stucco) includes a visual inspection of exterior areas and invasive testing of one or more exterior walls to determine the type siding material, its condition, evidence of installation deficiencies, and where warranted, limited water intrusion testing using moisture meters and/or other devices following recognized protocol. Testing is performed to identify possible areas of moisture intrusion that may result in deterioration of structural members, mold growth or other defects. The extent of the inspection and sampling may be limited to one area or one side of house or include the entire exterior of house subject to observed conditions and client request.

NEW CONSTRUCTION

NEW CONSTRUCTION

Inspection services are available for several types of new home inspections. These include draw inspection (verification of installed elements for lender release of funds); phase inspections (a series of inspections conducted at several stage of the construction process); and inspections of completed new homes ready for occupancy. Phase and completed home inspections, provide an assessment of the condition of installed components to supplement code compliance inspection provided by local authorities having jurisdiction over building permits and inspection requirements.

COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY

COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY

Inspection services are available for multiple dwellings and commercial inspection properties. These inspection include inspection of the visible and readily accessible areas of the roof, structure, mechanical and electric components of the public areas of a building, as well as all or representative individual dwelling or office/store units, as requested by the client.

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION

PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION

A preventive maintenance inspection involves a review of the condition and maintenance of the exterior and interior components of a home and the systems. We will look at the conditions of the roof, flashings, insulation issues, heating and air conditioning units, grading, the proper function of appliances and plumbing and check representative electric components & smoke alarms to determine condition, any deferred maintenance and recommended action.

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