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Hearthstone Home Inspections Reviews

In 2006 the producers of the hit TV show "Trading Spaces" hired Frank to perform all the inspections for the shows' Rhode Island episodes.

Here are some testimonials by our customers:

Hearthstone brought a team of experts--four people--to inspect the home's structure and heating, water, and septic systems. They also did a water quality analysis and a pest inspection. All the people were on time, were very professional, took time to explain their findings in detail as well as providing them in writing, and worked efficiently to get the inspections done in less than three hours. I expect to use them again the future.

George H.

Over the past ten years Frank Hopton has done three separate Home Inspections for us. He is always courteous, professional and thorough in his assessment of the condition of our homes. His inspections have proved to be revealing and insightful towards the negotiating of our homes. I would recommend him without reservation to anyone considering buying a home.

Mike & Elizabeth H.

Frank was terrific. Incredibly thorough, patient, and great at explaining as we walked through the inspection together. Just as an example, he tested every single outlet in the house. He took pictures and included them in the 30+ page report that I received in the evening of the inspection day. Frank flagged major concerns as well as smaller maintenance needs that I should take care of. The inspection took about 3 hours in total including the septic, partly driven by the particular house. The time flew by because I was learning so much. He was also willing to answer questions that might come up after the inspection. I had a very positive experience and would highly recommend Frank for your inspection.

Jeff D.

I was very impressed with the level of service I received from Frank. I appreciated his patience and willingness to answer all of my questions - even those I had days after the inspection.

Jodi T.

We used John for our home inspection. We had made an offer on an older home and were anxious for the inspection to see if there were going to be any major problems with it. John was very professional, thorough and made us feel very comfortable with proceeding with the purchase. We liked that he had a good balance of reality - yes, it's an older home, so there are going to be things that aren't perfect, but he was good at explaining how serious the issues he was pointing out were. We also did a radon inspection, which he coordinated with the seller's agent since he needed access to the house to pick up the equipment, and also brought in a subcontractor to inspect the ancient oil furnace. We would definitely recommend him.

Allison S.

I'm a contractor, but I wanted another opinion before closing. Frank discovered defects even I had overlooked!

Ken & Phyllis P.

Frank and another employer from the company (Brian) showed up to conduct the home inspection and were a few minutes early. They were professional, polite and very respectful. Frank left no stone unturned when conduction the inspection. By the end of the day we had a very thorough report with pictures as well as recommendations on what are the priority issues to focus on. I would highly recommend this company. Thanks.

Deborah M.

Frank, Thank you so much for your detailed attention to our home inspection. Your reports have been clear, timely and thorough and you have graciously and patiently addressed all of our questions and concerns. We will definitely use your services in the future and have already recommended Hearthstone to friends. Thanks again!

Meg & Mike P.

Frank performed an Inspection on a vacation home we had made an offer on. Frank was on time (actually a little early) and he had his ladder out when we got there. He did a thorough outside inspection and identified many items of concern that we didn't notice. He climbed the roof and checked the whole roof and chimney. He went inside and worked his way through the house checking the electrical / heat / hot water and he tested every out he could find. He traced wires and checked junction boxes for proper installation. He also checked all the plumbing identifying areas of concern. He check the framing and pointed out structural issues that we have raised to the sellers. 
Upstairs, Frank continued his inspection of all outlets, appliances, plumbing and exhaust again identifying items of concern. All along the inspection he offered advice and explanation of everything noted.
After the inspection was over he had the report which was over 30 pages in my email that evening.

Robert F.

Thanks very much for the prompt and impressive service ... I would highly recommend you to anybody.

M. M.

Frank was very thorough and professional. Even the smallest detail he pointed out to me, explained what was wrong and possible suggested repairs. I felt comfortable with going forward with the purchase, because I know he left no stone left unturned.

Demetrius P.

Frank, Nice to meet you and the team. Thank you very much for the thorough job and getting me the completed info so quickly.


We recently had to have a home that we are considering buying inspected. We researched inspectors thoroughly because past experiences with other inspectors have not been great; our current house had several problems (including a dead furnace) that the prior inspector missed (!) so we were a bit reticent when it came to having to go through the process again. Hearthstone changed our minds.
 We had the pleasure of working with Frank the owner of the company. I cannot emphasize enough how impressed we were with his thorough inspection, attention to detail, and professionalism throughout. So many sites described home inspections as being a brief thing, but he took at least 3 hours to closely examine the property. He was an absolute gentleman throughout. He was very knowledgeable and in answering our (many) questions, he was articulate, courteous, and thorough without getting lost in minutiae.
I would absolutely recommend working with Hearthstone. They uncovered issues that we had missed, but there was no sense that he was trying to make issues out of nothing. The information was excellent, and we had a full color comprehensive report detailing his findings within a few hours. The pricing was reasonable and included mechanical, structural, septic, and well inspections. Many companies need you to find a separate well inspector, but that is not a problem with Hearthstone. 
If you want it done right, this is your inspector.

Steven W.

Brain was wonderful! He was prompt, professional, informative and extremely helpful/patient. I am a first time home buyer and Brian took the time to explain everything to me. If I asked him a specific question or to look at something again that he had already looked at he answered or did it with a smile on his face. He was very thorough- we spent almost 3 hours looking over the entire house. I would absolutely recommend Hearthstone Home Inspections- especially if you can get Brian!

Victoria U.

Provided quality home inspection including radon, water quality test, and septic inspection. John was on time for our 1:30 appointment and promptly went to work. He completed the full inspection in approximately 2.5 hours. He was very knowledgeable and answered every question under the sun that I had for him. He pointed out several deficiencies that he thought may be of concern. He also took the time to explain easy fixes for other small issues. His report was emailed to me that evening. I wouldn't hesitate to use Hearthstone again!

Mark M.