HOME INSPECTION PROFESSIONALS

OF SIOUX FALLS

YOUR LOCAL HOUSEMASTER TEAM

We are HouseMaster—the nation’s most trusted name in home inspections. Providing thorough home inspections is what we do best. We consistently deliver the best service, comprehensive inspections and detailed reports, and we have tens of thousands of positive customer reviews prove it. HouseMaster inspectors have access to the most respected training and certification in the industry through National Institute of Building Inspectors, so that you can have confidence you’ve made the right move. Proudly serving the people of Granville, Hurley, Sioux Falls, Utica, Davis and their neighboring communities.

BRAD HORSTMAN

INSPECTOR/AREA DIRECTOR

<p>Brad has always had a love for the real estate industry and home inspections fits his niche.<br /><br />Brad grew up in NW Iowa Area where he says he learned how to be a "Jack of All Trades &amp; a Master of None". Brad furthered his working career and schooling in the Des Moines area where he quickly moved up in the retail industry. Within the retail industry, he was able to travel around the country opening new stores from the ground up. He understood the value of customer service and training the right people for the job which has prepared him for the home inspection industry today. Now living in the Sioux Falls area for over 10 years, he calls this home.&nbsp;<br /><br />Brad looks forward to giving you confidence in making the house you picked for your family a HOME.</p>
KATHY HORSTMAN

OPERATIONS MANAGER

<p>Kathy is the support force for Brad. She keeps the office rolling and the kids well taken care of.&nbsp;<br /><br />Kathy grew up in ND however, Sioux Falls has been her home for over 20 years. She graduated from Roosevelt High School which of course makes her a west side girl at heart. She takes pride in her retail and banking background which has helped her become the perfect compliment to Brad in the home inspection industry. Educating and training people about home inspections has been her passion. She loves being a part of this community and volunteering her time but most of all hanging out with family takes the cake.&nbsp;</p>
TRAVIS VAN GINKEL

LICENSED INSPECTOR

<p>Travis was born and raised in Rock Valley, IA, graduated from Rock Valley Community School &amp; then decided to finish his Business Administration at the University of Iowa. In 2012, Travis made is his way back "home" to Harrisburg, SD. Travis has a background in the construction field from as early as high school by helping his dad build his parents home. Travis also spent his summers on roofs and building agricultural buildings and barns and even pouring cement trails for a campground. Travis spent many years in customer service roles which makes him a perfect fit as a home inspector for HouseMaster.&nbsp;</p> <p>Travis and his wife Courtney have 2 girls, Avery &amp; Hayden. They enjoy spending time as a family, in the outdoors and watching sports.</p>

INSPECTION SERVICES

ROOFING
EXTERIOR ELEMENTS
INTERIOR ELEMENTS
FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE
KITCHEN
HEATING SYSTEM
COOLING SYSTEM
ELECTRICAL
PLUMBING
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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

RADON SCREENING
WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS
MOLD SCREENING
NEW CONSTRUCTION
COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY
PREVENTATIVE MAINTENANCE INSPECTION
THERMAL IMAGING
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

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.

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.

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

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

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. 

THERMAL IMAGING

Thermal imaging services make use of an infrared imaging camera that can detect the thermal energy (heat) emitted from an object. Thermal imaging measurements indicate temperature differentials that may help diagnose a myriad of potential concerns in a home or building such as heat loss or gain and waste leakage.