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 he did triathalons in his spare time!

Darryl Bunch

Darryl was maintenance manager of a large apartment complex, and he ran his own handyman business. He has a wife, a pool, and a dog. He's been with Ellis Home Inspections for three years now.

Richard Roy

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

Kevin Rose

Kevin has 16 years experience as an insurance adjuster. He’s also a NASHI certified home inspector.


St. Romaine

Jimmy is a detail-oriented professional with more than 19 years of residential construction management experience and more than 8 years of Insurance Restoration experience. Additional qualifications include being a Licensed General Contractor and IICRC WRT certified in Water Restoration. Jimmy is licensed in both Alabama and Florida. His goal is to provide the highest level of customer service helping clients with one of life's biggest decisions: purchasing a new home.

Office Staff

Laura Ellis

Laura is married to Jim. She does whatever the boss asks… at work, anyway! She is Assistant Chief with the Lillian Volunteer Fire Department. She and Jim have two human kids together, two doggy ones, and three grandkids. Laura enjoys photography, cooking, and time outdoors.

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.

Karen Dewhurst

Karen keeps up with the books for the office. She’s worked with us for three years. Karen is mom to three kids and a cat, and she enjoys running and going on cruises.

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