The Inspector - James Hollifield

I started in the construction trades as an apprentice carpenter. My experience in the building trades has ranged from historic preservation of homes and commercial property to construction of new residential homes and commercial buildings as well as heavy construction. As a contractor I have preserved and stabilized log cabins at Bannack State Park as well as built high end homes and medical offices. By the end of my career in building I had been a licensed General contractor in Montana and Colorado.

James Hollifield

As a member of ASHI since 1994 I have had the privilege of learning from other experienced inspectors as well as the completing the 20 hours of continuing education required by ASHI every year. I became a full member of ASHI in 2000 and I attained the Certified Inspector status in 2006.

Since 1998 I have been the Certified FHA/HUD inspector inspecting foundations and homes as required for FHA/HUD loans.

I teach a one hour class about home inspections for the Montana Dept of Rural Economic Development home buyers class monthly in various locations around Southwest Montana for the past four years.

I served as president of the Northern Rockies ASHI chapter from 2003-2007 and was re-elected as president in 2012.

The Right Choice for Home Inspection Services

With long term hands on experience in construction and specialized training in property inspection, James Hollifield, the sole owner and only inspector at Prairie Home Inspection, has the experience to provide you with an expert professional inspection.  By using Prairie Home Inspection, you benefit from an experienced, ASHI Certified Inspector who delivers reports that meet or exceed the standards of The American Society of Home Inspectors. You are encouraged to attend the entire inspection or to come for a walk-through at the end of the inspection. By attending the inspection your professional inspector can familiarize you with the home and explain things to you as you move through the house.

As your ASHI Certified Inspector, James Hollifield is bound by the strict ASHI Code of Ethics, this ensures quality service while providing you with important protections. For example, your inspector must:

Your inspector is trained to be familiar with a wide variety of situations. Consumers have the right to expect the highest standards of thoroughness, fairness and accuracy from their home inspector. All of my inspection reports are unique and stand up to critical examination. I continue to build my reputation one inspection at a time to ensure you get the quality service you expect from me. Now you can put my outstanding reputation for service and reliability to work for you.  When discussing home inspections with your Realtor, be sure to request Prairie Home Inspection.

Service Area

Prairie Home Inspection services a large portion of Southwest Montana and portions of Idaho, including but not limited to:


Your inspector at Prairie Home Inspection, James Hollifield, is an active member of the American Society of Home Inspectors and became a full member of ASHI in 2000.  To achieve ASHI Certification, an inspector must meet the most rigorous qualifications in the industry, including passing several difficult tests showing a high level of technical knowledge and a complete understanding of the ASHI Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics.  He must also have completed over 250 inspections with a sample of the reports verified for compliance with the Standards of Practice. In order to remain ASHI Certified an inspector must stay up to date with new products and practices and continue to hone his skills, so ASHI requires every inspector to take continuing education totaling at least 20 hours of class room time per year.  James is also a member of InterNACHI and a Certified deck Inspector for NADRA.

For more information on ASHI visit For more information on InterNACHI visit James Hollifield was president of the Northern Rockies Chapter of ASHI from 2004-2006. Visit the Chapter site at: James has served as the chapter representative to the National board for over 10 years.