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The Home Inspections Process with Jerry Jourdan of Jourdan Building Services

By Jerry Jourdan


A Background of the Business

I had been in building construction for 18 years when I founded Jourdan Building Inspection Services in 1991. It seemed like a good fit due to my extensive building experience. I obtained certification in 1995 and am currently a member of ASHI and the Better Business Bureau for 14 years with an A+ rating.

In the early 90's, a majority of homes were not inspected when sold. Today most home sales include a home inspection as part of the pre-purchase process, along with an appraisal, title search, etc. Having inspected several thousand homes over the years, it is my belief that a home inspection is in everyone's best interest when a house is sold. Today in general both sellers and buyers will have their homes inspected. Sellers, to find out what they will need to do to get the home ready to market. Buyers, to determine the overall condition of the property. Participation is always recommended as questions can be directly asked about any and all components that make up a house, and potential issues can be discussed on site.

The Inspection Process

Step 1: Buyer or homeowner calls home inspector to schedule.

Step 2: I Will do a thorough visual inspection of all the house components, i.e., roof, trim siding, windows, landscaping, driveway, grading, foundation on the exterior, attic, interior windows, walls, floors, bathrooms, kitchen, electrical, plumbing, plumbing, basement framing, foundation, heating and ventilating equipment, and sump pumps, etc.

Near the end of the on-site inspection the buyer will have a feel for the amount of work involved in bringing a house to modern standards (if an older house) and/or the type of building quality that has gone into a home, age of components, such as wiring, plumbing, heating, etc. Major issues, such as roof leaks, inadequate insulation, older windows etc. will be pointed out (just keep in mind that all ho uses, even newer ones will need some attention and improvements).

Step 3: I will write a very thorough inspection report and summary list of major deficiencies found at the time of the visual inspection. Some inspectors generate their reports "on-line". I will email the summary list of items recommended for update or correction (generally, the next day or two and then snail mail the full report with photos). Phone consultations are free and encouraged to discuss any and all inspected items and with my extensive construction background, I can recommend ways to fix/correct many issues.

Get in Contact with JBIS

Jourdan Building Inspection Services has a standard price list covering all types and sizes of residential and commercial buildings. Inspections start at $375/3 bedroom home with a garage (up to 2000 sq. ft.). Environmental testing (including radon, water and mold) is available for an additional fee. Inspections generally take 2-4 hours depending upon the size and age of the property. To book inspections, email, check out our website<,/a> or call 802-793-1527.

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