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Hello, I'm Michael Koester, CMI (Certified Master Inspector) & Founder of Direct Inspections. We are a professional, customer-focused inspection company working in the Sarasota & Manatee region. Our inspections include evaluation of the Roofing System, Air Conditioning, Electrical, Plumbing, Structure, Interior, Pool & Spa. For you convenience, we can also schedule an independent Termite Specialist & HVAC Professional! Furthermore, we can provide contacts for special examinations including Mold, Dock & Davit, Elevator, Chinese Drywall and many more. Just ask!
Michael Koester, CPI, Home Inspector
Michael Koester, CMI, Owner
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Bradenton Service Area – Home Inspection

Are you looking to have a home inspection in Bradenton? Getting a home inspection is an important part of the real estate purchase process. We provide same-day reporting on the homes we inspect! We pride ourselves on the level of care and attention we provide.

Our services generally include a professional HVAC and Termite inspection as well. Additionally, we have a host of cutting edge tools that give our company an advantage. Bradenton offers many different types of homes of all ages. From waterfront mansions to more affordable houses built in the 1960s and 70s, each home deserves to be inspected with the same level attention and care.


Building practices have greatly changed over the years and the use of different materials means different inspection methods. Older homes from the mid century may have outdated electrical wiring. Also in many cases, the electrical service panel is original. This is not bad by itself but is still a factor that should be considered. Older electrical panels often use older safety mechanisms such as fuses and outdated breakers. Updating these panels should be considered for safety reasons.

Most mid-century homes were constructed of masonry. While the newer homes also primarily use masonry, the integration of other materials requires careful attention. Our home inspection process is an attentive evaluation of the home’s installed systems.

Bradenton is also home to new many construction developments. If you are buying a new home, it’s important to know that the county inspection services don’t test anything in the home. They do look at the design intent of the installed systems, but they don’t actually test anything. As part of our inspections, we go up on the roof, we go in the attic, and we test the electrical, air conditioning and plumbing systems for operation.

Roofing Inspected


Heating & Air Conditioning Inspected


Plumbing Inspected


Electrical Inspected


Appliances Inspected


Interiors Inspected


FLIR Infrared Camera




The Direct Inspections Service Areas include: Bradenton, Bayshore Gardens, Cortez, West Bradenton, Palma Sola, Whitfield Estates, Tallevast and any other local areas.  The City of Bradenton website can be helpful in locating details about a property you intend to purchase.

Bayshore Gardens is a planned community that was developed in the mid-1950s. A few developers got together, buying up all the land from existing homeowners. The whole community was planned as a family friendly space. The roads feature bends that will promote safe driving. Palma Sola is a more tranquil and remote part of the county. It was settled back in 1868 by a gunsmith who built his house on the Manatee River because of the river’s depth. The area got its name from a single palm on the shoreline that was used to identify the area.

At the southwestern corner of Bradenton you’ll find the fishing village of Cortez. This is a sleepy little village that is largely unchanged by time. There are some interesting housing options in this area. Due to its proximity to the coastal keys, some more expensive developments have begun to spring up but these are largely tucked away from the main village. Whitfield Estates is a development near the airport at the southern end of Manatee County. It was originally developed as one of the area’s first golfing communities. Close by you’ll find the Ringling College and New College which keep the area vibrant.


The town of Bradenton was incorporated in 1903. Since then it has grown into a large and culturally diverse jewel, right between Sarasota and Tampa Bay. Pristine beaches and plenty of water access abound. Bradenton offers a wide variety of waterfront dining, beaches and championship-level golf. And if you talk to the locals, there’s plenty of interesting things happening.

Stop by the Red Barn during the weekend with its hundreds of stores. Or you could hang out in the sleepy fishing village of Cortez and eat oysters while staring at the Intercoastal Waterway. There are wide variety of homes in Bradenton, ranging from spectacular waterfront jewels to more modest homes. Also, Bradenton offers a wide variety of villas and condos in many price ranges. Direct Inspections serves Bradenton, offering full home inspections for your real estate purchase.

If you are new to the area and want to discover some of Bradenton’s highlights, you might check out the Desoto National Memorial, the South Florida Museum or Mixon Fruit Farms!

Direct Inspections service area includes: Sarasota City & Sarasota County, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch and most of Manatee County!




I want to take a minute out of our hectic schedule of buying a home, and all of the stress that goes along with doing so, to recognize a GREAT local Bradenton business. Our BIGGEST concern was the condition of the home, and if there were any underlying issues. Like most buyers, we didn’t have a clue as to who to contact to give us a honest assessment of the condition. We don’t run in those circles, so how do we know if the inspector is working with the agent to get the home to pass, or being honest?

How can one person be an expert in every area Pool/Roof/Foundation/etc? Direct Inspections(Michael Koester-Owner) brought a team of people, that specializes in all areas of concern. HUGE sigh of relief, when I saw this. Keep in mind, this was six(6) days before Hurricane Irma hit our area. Our future house passed with flying colors. Post Irma(the next morning) Michael and crew were back out at the house again, to make sure nothing changed, as we are closing in ten days. He was more than fair on the re-inspection cost, and went above and beyond, pointing out things that needed attention. We HIGHLY recommend Direct Inspections, and Michael! Thank you SO MUCH, Michael!!! We are raving fans of YOU, and your team!! The Hardy Family


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