April 24, 2024

Home Inspection

Home Inspection, Primary Monitoring for Your Home

Detroit Lakes custom home builder adds home inspector to business repertoire – Detroit Lakes Tribune

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— Bryan Schoenberger will be offering home inspection services starting in May. The Detroit Lakes resident with a background in construction recently earned his credentials to be a home inspector, and opened Lakes Area Home Inspections.

The 1987 Detroit Lakes High School graduate will serve the lakes area within a 45-mile radius of his hometown. He noted those looking for inspections in the Fargo-Moorhead communities and in Fergus Falls have capable inspectors serving their towns. While Detroit Lakes has a few home inspectors, he felt the market could use another part-time inspector. Schoenberger’s full-time job will remain designing and building homes for his business,

Modern Living Concepts


“This summer I have three homes to build, so I will likely start small and do a few (inspections) a month,” he said. “This is not going to be a full-time endeavor.”

Schoenberger looks forward to helping home buyers understand potential problems in what is likely their biggest investment. An inspector can identify serious issues, such as a sagging roof or bowed foundation, as well as fixable expenses to consider, such as worn shingles or plumbing problems.

“You don’t want to buy a lemon,” he said. “In a perfect home, the inspector doesn’t do a lot, but it is our job to find the problems.”

Schoenberger said his inspections include a basic review of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. However, he is partnering with Laneys Mechanical, which specializes in HVAC systems, to provide customers a more in-depth look.

“Before you buy a house is the only time you get to address the problems,” he said, noting that after the house is purchased the problems become the new owner’s.

To set an appointment for a home inspection, Schoenberger can be contacted at 218-841-2006.

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Home inspections include ensuring heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems are working properly.

Barbie Porter / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Schoenberger began his construction career working in drywall

“After high school, I started working for a drywall company and traveled around the country doing drywall for Super 8 motels,” Schoenberger said. “I made good money and learned a trade.”

After two years of working coast-to-coast, he returned to Detroit Lakes and enrolled in Detroit Lakes Technical College’s construction trades program. Two years later he graduated with a construction degree. While providing remodeling services to the community, Schoenberger returned to work in the drywall trade.

Then, in 1995, Schoenberger switched gears and moved to Little Falls, Minnesota, where he opened a tae kwon do school.

“I had that for 18 years before I sold it,” the 54-year-old said, noting he was still working in construction, doing side jobs in the morning hours. “The tae kwon do school was hopping after school until 8 p.m. When I was younger I had a lot of energy, so I’d work construction jobs all day and teach classes at night.”

When he sold his martial arts school, Schoenberger returned to construction as a general contractor. He started Pike Creek Builders. The name paid homage to one of his favorite places to escape to nature where Pike Creek meanders through

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park


While building his reputation as a hands-on general contractor, Schoenberger purchased drafting software and learned how to provide customers with custom designs. In 2009 he opened Modern Living Concepts, which specializes in building custom homes. He focused on custom builds and stepped away from remodeling jobs. He has kept a busy schedule, but was recently sidelined with hip surgery. Schoenberger said he was faced with extra time, and not being one to waste something so precious, he considered ways to improve his skills as a contractor and serve his community while healing from surgery.

“I decided to become a home inspector,” he said.

The skill set he gained from becoming an inspector will also help him on the construction job site.

“When I go to the job site, I am an inspector,” he said, noting he hires professional plumbers, electricians and other specialists, but he is held accountable for the work being done correctly. “It’s a lot of liability and responsibility as a general contractor. It’s all on me; at the end of the day it comes down to me, and I take that seriously.”


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