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James Clark

The strength of our home inspection comes from our wide variety of specialty inspections which broaden our scope of expertise. We bring an arsenal of tools to aid in the analysis of any number of problems that may be discovered.

We try to find the truth from anyone who has it. We begin that process the minute you confirm our appointment.

We will bring-up the municipal permits issued for the address with our BuildFax subscription. It is a great advantage to know what you're walking into.

For The First-Time Buyer, I walk you through your new home and demonstrate some of the features of the home while we also test the basic systems. I  show you the shut-offs for your main appliances and offer suggestions for upgrades or maintenance issues. Our detailed report will include photos of all major defects or specialty items. We leave you with a home owners manual as a gift.

For The Condo Buyer, our price and inspection tour also includes any of the common elements of the property that you would care for me to see or that we may access to (roof, central heat, etc.) You are buying a piece of this building; you should know a little about it.

For The Single Family Home Buyer, we conduct a typically thorough inspection and testing of all accessible systems and components. We will access roofs safely and as needed. We make note of landscaping and garages and other exterior systems. We do not test low-voltage lighting.

For The Small Commercial or Investment Property Buyer, I bring all of my single-unit experience with me to examine in detail the building you're investing in. I can work quickly in rental units and gather the data I need for an opinion on its general condition. I include plenty of photos for absent partners and the digital reports forward easily.

For The Mold Testing Owner, I am a Certified Technician for taking samples of mold, lead, asbestos, and allergens via bulk, tape, swab, wall-chek, cannister and vacuum. I provide reports from ProLab within 3 days with my additional analysis of their findings. I can provide third-party In/Out testing for remediation projects. The important thing: I find the water!

For The Energy Audit Home Owner, I can offer a variety of levels of service depending on your needs. We use our infrared thermal camera in all audits.

  • The True Blue Triage is a quick visit to review any plans you've made for improvements, to offer basic suggestions for greater results, or to inspect and test one area or component that is troublesome.
  • The Home Tune-Up Report offers a very thorough exam of you home with noted data creating an list of recommended repairs, and estimated cost of those repairs, and an estimate of energy savings realized from those repairs. My additional comments and infrared photos as needed complete the report.
  • The True Blue Energy Audit centers itself on the Home Tune-Up Report with the addition of a blower-door test which improves the infrared camera scan.  Again, a full cost analysis report is created with detailed recommendations from me.  The infrared photos provide a detailed view of the problem areas to be shared with your contractors.
  • The BPI Protocol Audt is the highest level of testing we conduct with the addition of combustion gas analysis for all of your major appliances. It includes a blower door test and full infrared scan. We custom write an Action List for your home and budget to help guide you to improved energy performance.

Please call us so we can be of help.



Qualifications:
ASHI Certified, Envirolmental Systems Associate Certified, CMC Energy Efficiency Testing

About:
We offer services for real estate buyers, sellers, and owners who need unbiased information about the home they wish to improve. We use an infrared thermal camera in all energy and mold inspections. We inspect small commercial space.

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Thank you. You gave me an education and the comfort that everything has been check throughly. I would definitely recommend you to anyone who would need your service.
- D.W., April 2014
Thanks for taking the time to do a thorough inspection of my condo. You showed great patience and good communication skills in teaching and informing me how things work and things to look for in the future. Great job.
- J.S., November 2013
Jim wasted no time & had already inspected the perimeter by the time I arrived...and the inspection still lasted 2 hours for a pretty small house! Not only did he do a thorough job inspecting the property, but he also taught me how things worked in the house in a clear & concise manner...valuable info for a first-time buyer like myself. Bottom line: he gave me the confidence to go through with my purchase, which, at the end of the day, is what I needed the most!
- J.W., April 2013
Jim was GREAT - very thorough, thoughtful and FUN! We would recommend him highly and will use him again if needed.
- M.K., January 2013
As always, thank you for your great service, educating my client, and a very thorough inspection. My client was very happy with your service!
- J.B., hiago IL, May 2012
I really appreciated the thoroughness and detail Jim provided in our home inspection.
- B.O., Chicago IL, May 2011
Jim did a wonderful and thorough job inspecting our property. Very friendly and explains things well!
- J.S., April 2011
Jim Clark was extremely thorough and thoughtful throughout the inspection. When he found problems he also offered practical and affordable solutions. The format of his report uses state of the art technology and is clear, concise and informative. The inspection was professional, detailed and expert and Jim clearly loves his job and exhibits the utmost care in his work coupled with genuine concern for his clients.
- M.F., March 2011
Jim is the KING. Easy to understand what he is saying and easy to read and understand the report. Pictures and explanations are thorough and clearly stated.
- M.H., Chicago IL, July 2010
Jim was very professional and thorough. I feel more comfortable knowing that he as inspected the unit I am purchasing.
- J.M., May 2010
Jim was excellent for our inspection. He was professional and explained everything in lay person's terms so that it was all understandable. We can't recomend Jim at True Blue highly enough! Nancy Floy Heartwood Center Inc.
- N.F., April 2010
James, You are the MAN!!!!!!! Here's why.... You make sense when explaining issues. You have solutions for issues that do arise. You follow up. Your web reports are awesome and super easy to understand. Also easy to forward web inspection reports to other parties involved in the transaction. True Blue, I depend on YOU! Thanks, Matt.
- M.H., Chicago IL, February 2010
One of the best inspectors I have witnessed. Very thorough, attentive to detail, with just the right "bedside manner" explaining things calmly and clearly!
- J.B., hiago IL, November 2009


True Blue Home Inspections, Inc.

http://trueblueinspections.com

Workphone: 312.925.0166
Mobile: 312-925-0166

Chicago, IL 60645