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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!
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Lakewood Ranch Service Area – Home Inspection

Top Rated, Professional Home Inspector Lakewood Ranch | HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing & Roof | Infrared-Scanning | Call Inspector Michael to find out why we are different!

If you are purchasing a home in Lakewood Ranch, you’ll benefit from a quality home inspection. The emergence of Lakewood Ranch just to the northeast of Sarasota was a response for the need for space and a lifestyle oriented community. Many of these homes were built in batches, rather than by custom builders. As you may be aware, builders try to maximize return on investment. Smaller lots, quicker building schedules, deadlines, budgets and most homes are built by subcontractors. As a result, they can have sloppy or unprofessional elements, which is the result of building homes by the hundreds.

Thankfully, builders are improving these days. However, even many of the new production homes in Lakewood Ranch strongly benefit from a pre-closing inspection. While the builders are getting better at the fundamentals, often times the finishing details are horrendous. Also builders often try to push customers to the closing table with homes that are incomplete or quickly finished. Our home inspection is a careful review of the home’s systems and components.

Depending on the age of the home you are buying, there are likely to be different issues. Many sellers and builders will tout tiles roofs as lasting 40-50 years but that is inaccurate. While the tiles have the ability to last that long, the water barrier underlayment usually degrades or fails in 20-35 years. Most tile roofs are replaced in this time window. Also, copper plumbing lines can become corroded and leaky over time.

If you are buying a new home, installation errors are common. Attics missing insulation, cracked windows, broken roof tiles, closed off dryer vents, damaged interiors, miswired outlets and so on. Therefore, we encourage you to attend the inspection to get the most out of the process. We’ll be happy to help you with your home inspection.

Roofing System Inspection


Cooling & Heating Inspected

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Water Heaters and Plumbing Inspected


Electrical Inspection


Kitchen Inspection


Interior Rooms Inspected

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The Direct Inspections Service Areas include:  Lakewood Ranch, University Park, Esplanade, The Meadows and all other local service areas.

Located at the eastern side of Manatee County, Lakewood Ranch is a beautiful and vibrant community offering sports, culture, championship level golf courses and a thriving main street. As the communities of Parrish and Palmetto to the north continue to develop, Lakewood Ranch will become even more sought-after. With its quick access to Florida’s best beaches, as well as proximity to the Tampa Bay area, Lakewood Ranch offers an unrivaled mix of convenience, sports and a family-friendly atmosphere. The University Town Center Mall is also a welcome addition and economic engine to the area. The majority of Lakewood Ranch’s homes were built starting in the 1990s. The newer construction style differed from the styles of the 60s 70s and 80s featured more complicated roofing designs, higher ceilings and more complicated building exteriors. While this is visually inviting, these complexities can lead to some common building problems.
Direct Inspections serves the Lakewood Ranch area. We will be happy to perform a home inspection for your home in Lakewood Ranch.

The new UTC Mall is a big draw in the Lakewood Ranch area but if you want to unwind a little, you could always head over to Nathan Benderson Park or the Big Cat Habitat. Both of these locations are local favorites.

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




Michael at Direct Inspections helped me immensely during a home inspection that needed to be completed on a tight timeline earlier this month. I was extremely impressed by the thoroughness of the inspection report (it was almost 50 pages long!), the speed at which I received the report (within 24 hours!), and the professionalism that Michael brought to the entire process. His diligent work allowed us to address important issues before the closing. It was very easy to set everything up and pay for the service remotely (we are out of state). And Michael took all the time to answer all of my questions (and I had a lot). I also appreciated that he brought in outside specialists to review certain elements of the house (heating/cooling, termites). I can recommend him without hesitation for your home inspection needs.


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