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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Jeff Robson - Home Inspector

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Donna Collier - Office Manager

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Jacob Kauffman - Marketing Manager, Radon, Lighting

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Dylan Huls - Home Inspector

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Mike Kauffman - Owner/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

Our inspector was very thorough and very helpful answering any questions we had. Our report was detailed and easy to read. After viewing an inspection on our house we are selling and seeing how another company does their inspection and reports it was very obvious HouseMasters is a more thorough and professional company. We will definitely use this company again if needed.

– Jason B. - Buyer
Portage

ROOFING

ROOFING

What we inspect: Visible roof covering materials, (shingles), flashings at roof penetrations and valleys, skylights, chimneys, gutters and downspouts. We assess the condition of these elements for proper function; looking for evidence of leakage or worn, damaged, or missing components. Watch us in action!

EXTERIOR ELEMENTS

EXTERIOR ELEMENTS

Here is what we inspect: Visible siding and trim, windows, doors, garages, porches, decks, stairs, and railings. We assess the elements for proper construction and function; looking for damage, missing components or other conditions that might lead to infiltration or functional concerns. Watch us in action!

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

What we inspect: visible areas of all walls, ceilings, stairways, representative windows and doors, and attic areas for signs of leakage and damage, sagging or other structural concerns. Windows will be operated to determine function. In accessible attics, besides assessing structural components, we will note insulation and ventilation conditions. Watch us in action!

FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE

FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE

What we inspect: Visible load-bearing framing components, foundation walls, slabs, piers and columns and major structural components. Visible, accessible structural components will be assessed for function and presence of damage, decay or defects. We look for water penetration at below grade areas. Watch us in action!

KITCHEN

KITCHEN

What we inspect: Plumbing fixtures and built-in appliances. We check plumbing fixtures looking for water pressure or drainage issues and visible signs of leaks. We check basic operational modes of the appliances and ventilators and look at cabinets and countertops for significant deficiencies.  Watch us in action!

HEATING SYSTEM

HEATING SYSTEM

What we inspect: Visible components of the central AC or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution ductwork. We operate the systemto assess function and condition of the accessible indoor/ outdoor components. The distribution system will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

COOLING SYSTEM

COOLING SYSTEM

What we inspect: Visible components of the central AC or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution ductwork. We operate the systemto assess function and condition of the accessible indoor/ outdoor components. The distribution system will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

ELECTRICAL

ELECTRICAL

What we inspect: Visible service panels components and household wiring and devices. We assess the condition of readily accessible panel components, note the presence of GFCIs, AFCIs, smoke alarms and check the operation of representative outlets, switches, fixtures and other devices. Watch us in action!

PLUMBING

PLUMBING

What we inspect: Visible water supply piping, distribution piping, waste system piping, water heaters and plumbing fixtures. Also includes inspection of the physical condition of piping, kitchen and bathroom fixtures; tubs, showers, toilets, and operation to assess flow, drainage and leakage. Water heating components will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

RADON SCREENING

RADON SCREENING

A short-term test is performed 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.

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. 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

What we inspect:  Inspection includes 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. Watch us in action!

PRIVATE WATER

PRIVATE WATER

A private on-site 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

Screening includes: Sample paint on surfaces inside and/or outside of the home following recognized protocol, certified lab analysis. Not intended to determine whether lead is a hazard; rather it determines whether sampled surfaces contain lead-based paint. Sampling can include bulk sampling or use of x-ray fluorescence equipment.

MOLD SCREENING

MOLD SCREENING

Screening includes: air and/or surface (bulk) sampling to determine presence of elevated levels of mold spores or verify presence of a mold growth.  Includes one air sample in one interior area and one outdoor control sample, with surface sampling of random or requested suspect mold growths. Processed by a qualified lab to determine results.

EIFS WATER INTRUSION INSPECTION

EIFS WATER INTRUSION INSPECTION

EIFS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System, also known as Synthetic Stucco) includes: a visual inspection of exterior areas and 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.

NEW CONSTRUCTION

NEW CONSTRUCTION

Inspections include: draw inspection (verification of installed elements for lender release of funds); phase inspections (conducted at several stages of the construction process); and inspections of new homes ready for occupancy and assessment of the condition of installed components to supplement code compliance inspection provided by local authorities.

COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY

COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY

Inspections 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

This inspection involves: a review of the condition of the exterior and interior components of a home and the systems. Includes review of the roof, flashings, insulation issues, heating and air conditioning units, grading, the proper function of appliances and plumbing, electric components, smoke alarms for deferred maintenance and recommended action. 

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