TM  - The trusted name in professional home inspection.  Serving Southeast Michigan residential inspection clients in and around Detroit, MI since 1994 - Jerry Lootens - Master Home Inspector, ASHI member #107997 - J.A.L. & Assoc., Inc. - Home Inspection and Energy Audits, Troy, MI, Michigan Builders and Remodelers -  License #2101123368 - Inspection and staging instructor. 248.224.0258
Go with the master inspector - Jerry A. Lootens , He cares about his clients needs.

At, we are Michigan Licensed Builders, remodelers, and maintenance contractors. We have the knowledge and experience you need on your side.

Building exterior components: the accessible items of the home's exterior wall cladding, flashing and trim, exterior doors, attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their associated railings,  eaves, soffits and fascias accessible from the ground level, vegetation, grading, drainage, retaining walls with respect to their effect on the condition of the building, adjacent or entryway walkways, patios, and drives.

We invite you to join on the inspection.  You can witness our state of the art equipment and quality control processes that help see the conditions we report as serious or minor.

As past painting and remodeling contractors, we are more likely to report more on exterior deterioration than most home inspectors.  We know what goes wrong and when, and what needs to be done. We can give you an idea of the costs and time involved to repair conditions.

We will also tell you about the environmental issues such as asbestos, lead, mold, etc. 

We tell you how to maintain many of these components. You are welcome to use our extensive maintenance schedules available at our home page. The Info Line!!!  

Some typical adverse exterior component findings reported throughout the past 14 years:

Clients are delighted: especially with their exclusive photo tour - FREE on CD with your Inspection. " You did a lot more than my last inspector... you spent more time, checked more, found more, and explained more... What a difference!!!

Your inspector is ready to assist you with a thorough inspection.
Call Jerry at 248.224.0258 to schedule a convenient appointment.

Doing the inspection yourself: 

Bring friends to help you on your inspection, but to control the chaos, tell them they are only to talk about the conditions they see in those areas.  They are not to discuss cosmetics of various components for fear they will not look or talk about anything else.  They are to discuss with you what they think are the ramifications of what they see.  Take good notes and plan to get dirty.

If you feel during your own inspection that you do not have the knowledge or qualifications, or you need further information, contact an expert.  Usually the services of an electrician, foundation repair service, furnace/ air-conditioning, plumber, arborist, chimney repair service and roofer will be helpful. Other skilled trades people can add further assistance and expertise.  Plan and schedule their follow-up visits with the home owner.  Plan initially for several hours to fully understand and inspect the home and add time for each expert.  Be aware that the seller will be skeptical of your findings and upset with the time and effort needed and expended.  Keep your eyes open.  Bring ladders and tools. Take good notes. Carry adequate insurance.

Good Luck, and what ever you do, don't break a leg!!!  Insurance is another issue.

Your master inspector is ready to assist you with a thorough inspection.
Call Jerry at 248.224.0258 to schedule a convenient appointment.