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About Us

Ellis Home Inspections is a locally owned and operated company. We have several inspectors with a wide range of backgrounds. Our inspectors are family-oriented with years of experience. Jim Ellis started Ellis Home Inspections in 1998 after completing the Carson Dunlop training program. He has since grown from one man covering just Pensacola to several inspectors completing home, stucco, and commercial inspections from Pensacola, Gulf Breeze, and Navarre, FL, to Foley, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, and Mobile, AL.

Some of our collective specialties and qualifications include

  • Most experienced Home Inspection company on the Gulf Coast

  • Stucco/EIFS Certified Inspector (EDI)     

  • Insurance Adjuster

  • American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) Certified Inspector

  • National Association of Certified Home Inspectors (NACHI) Member

  • Fortified Homes of Alabama Certification

  • Prior court expert witness

  • Moisture-free warranty specialist

  • Former member of the US Chamber of Commerce


Each of our inspectors owns their home and knows what a buyer encounters while in the process of purchasing a new home. We have collectively inspected over 14,000 homes in Alabama and Florida.


Jim Ellis

Jim started Ellis Home Inspections in 1998. He does regular home inspections and stucco inspections. As if starting, running, and inspecting for the business weren't enough, he is retired as the Fire Chief after 14 years for Lillian Volunteer Fire Department and is now Assistant Chief in Perdido Beach

   If you want some delicious, fresh home roasted coffee from Jim, go to  You will be glad you did!

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Darryl Bunch

Darryl is the manager of the inspection team. He has proven himself to be a great home inspector, honest, reliable and a good instructor too. He was maintenance manager of a large apartment complex, and he ran his own handyman business. He's been with Ellis Home Inspections since 2008.

Richard Roy

Richard performs our Fortified inspections in addition to standard home inspections. He built new homes for several years in South Florida. 


Dale Harris

Dale Harris is our newest member of our inspection team. After serving in the Air Force as an Air Traffic Controller in England and New Mexico, Dale enjoyed a 25 year career in the medical sales management field. In addition, Dale has extensive real estate experience as an investor, landlord and as a former Real Estate agent. If he's not inspecting he and his wife are probably fishing! 


Kristy Cooper

is from the Milton, FL area and as of 2021 has nearly 4 years experience as a home inspector. She knows there are challenges because she is a female and not a stereotype home inspector (old grey haired man) She shows up early and with a good attitude. She currently can inspect your new or very used home in Florida along with wind mitigations and 4 point insurance forms.

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Laura Ellis

Laura is married to Jim. She does whatever the boss asks… at work, anyway! She is an EMT and volunteers lots of her time with Perdido Beach VFD. She runs most of the Homestead with 4 chickens, 4 dogs, 2 ducks, 2 cats and 3 cows. Four grandkids, photography, cooking, and time outdoors.

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Damon Ronfeldt

Proud pet parent to Zeuss, Damon stops in at real estate offices to say hello! Damon is a volunteer with the Lillian Fire Department, and he's an avid Cubs fan.

Nikita Spoke

Jim and Laura's daughter, Nikita is a military spouse and a mother. She manages the website and makes sure Jim keeps up with the blog posts. In her spare time, Nikita has published a trilogy, and she spends far too much time watching TV.

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