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Jim Breer

Jim spent 10 months in Texas as an intern with the most prestigious home inspection companies in Fort Worth Texas before becoming licensed in Texas. Jim Breer has been a member in good standing with the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) since 1997.

Rosemary, Jim's wife of 47 years, and Jim are both natives of Central Vermont. They have two sons and now have two wonderful granddaughters. Jim has grown up in construction and his construction career started over 49 years ago. He was the Vice President of a large commercial construction company and vice President of a building specialty coating company, both located in Vermont. Rosemary & Jim have operated J. & R. Builders, Inc., a complete building project company, since 1987. Jim's experience allows him to use his skills wisely and offers him the special ability to find problems. Better Home Inspections was started in 1997. The number of inspections and the continuing education that Jim has completed has improved Jim's ability to discover problems, based on the sheer number and variety of inspections he's satisfactorily performed.

Better Home Inspections proudly offers services to most areas of Vermont including Montpelier, Barre, Burlington, Waitsfield, Warren, Stowe, St Johnsbury and beyond. Also  Western New Hampshire.  



ASHI Certified NRPP & ARRST Certified for radon testing Licensed in Vermont & New Hampshire Central Vt Chamber


I work very hard to bring the best home inspection to my customers. I have the knowledge of how a home was built and why some conditions have occurred in a home. I am able to describe item in layman's terms. Discounts for the troops.

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Jim was extremely helpful in walking us through the inspection process. My wife and I are first time home buyers and we felt like we got a crash course in taking care of a house as much as a quality inspection. Thank you!
- I.H., August 2022
Great experience. Professional and thorough.
- J.K., October 2021
Very knowledgeable, efficient and timely.
- F.A., August 2021
Jim was fantastic to work with. He is very knowledgeable and educated and didn't miss a thing. Not only was he patient with me during a stressful time but he truly went above and beyond. I would absolutely recommend Jim for your inspection needs.
- K.W., February 2021
Jim was excellent. He was very thorough and very professional. I would use him again in a heartbeat. He took his time and the inspection report was very detailed.
- G.A., December 2020
Thorough, quick, speaks clearly so i could understand, specific, great picture quality, helpful! Most importantly was willing to come into the home during covid as well as work with the houses needs. Definitely will contact Jim for all future inspection needs.
- K.L., December 2020
Jim was very thorough, knowledgeable, prompt. Excellent Service and report received.
- A.W., Barre VT, November 2020
Highly knowledgeable, well educated, extremely thorough professional. I highly recommend him! You will be happy you did. It is great to have an inspector like Jim. His turnaround time on the inspection report is very quick and well documented, it was very easy to understand and he was very easy to understand at the inspection. Thank you so much Jim! Please continue doing work in this field, many people will benefit from your service!
- T.P., October 2020
Very though and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend Jim to anyone
- K.A., Kinnersville PA, October 2020
What a great experience from the time I called for information to my final report. James was very responsive, I was able to schedule the inspection within days of my call. He was on time and very detailed in his inspection. He climbed on the roof, crawled up into the ceiling and inspected every detail that I would have never thought of until I was in a new home and discovered I can't open the windows and if I do it would not stay up and crash down. The report was ready the next day. It was so easy to read with pictures included and very well organized. It also included valuable safety information. This will be a document that I can use as a reference beyond the purpose of a new home purchase. I highly recommend James!
- B.R., September 2020
Jim was straightforward, professional and thorough. I am very satisfied.
- J.J., August 2020
Jim was punctual, thorough, and professional. We are very happy with all the information he provided about our future home.
- M.J., August 2020
Jim was very professional and respectful. He explained everything that he found that would be useful to me. Especially in simple format that I could understand. The report format was excellent. Easy to read and pictures to everything he found. Thank you Jim for the Military discount. I definitely recommend this house inspector.
- S.M., June 2020
Jim is a very kind and professional guy. Definitely made the inspection process easy as he explained every step. He was very thorough and was honest about any and all possible problems. I Will definitely use him for any future home inspections and recommend him to anyone.
- K.N., West Berlin VT, June 2020
Very friendly and extremely knowledgeable! Highly recommend!
- C.M., Barre VT, March 2020
Thanks for all your information Jim. I could tell you had a lot of knowledge, and was happy to have you share some of it with me. Also, the same day report was great. Thanks again, Matt
- M.D., January 2020
Thanks again Jim; I've been very happy with your inspections twice now. The condo I bought as a first home 6 years ago hasn't yielded surprises your report didn't already note, and we're feeling we have a clearer picture of the ~200 year old house we're moving to.
- S.W., Winooski VT, November 2019
Jim explained everything to me in plain language that I could understand, throughout the inspection. He is thorough and professional. I would whole heartedly recommend Jim Breer for home inspection.
- J.F., June 2019
Jim was great, in addition to a thorough inspection he also provided a lot of information on the inner workings of the home and advice on periodic maintenance we should be doing.
- P.C., WASHINGTON DC, May 2019
Jim was just fabulous! Incredibly professional, met us where our knowledge was at, patient, and friendly. He didn't bat an eye working with two women buying a house together and treated is with absolute respect and professionalism.
- R.a., March 2019
Very personable, professional, knowledgeable and I received the report the same day of the inspection! Much appreciated! The software Jim uses is very user friendly making it easy to navigate through the report. Thank you Jim...
- C.C., March 2019
Jim, you where careful while inspecting my moms trailer and extremely professional. I will suggest and send anybody needing a house inspection to you. Ray Bettis
- R.B., February 2019
Hi Jim, Thank you for making this such an easy process. I appreciate your thoroughness and promptness. All the best, Penny
- P.P., February 2019
Jim was completely professional, well-informed, and very helpful at explaining things in a way I could understand. He was also very flexible with scheduling and was able to accommodate me on short notice. I received the finished report in under 36 hours. I am very pleased with his service and would happily recommend his services to anyone.
- K.W., Montpelier VT, January 2019
Jim Breer is a nice guy and he is very thorough in his inspections, And he is good on getting you your inspection report back to you on time in the same day, knows his stuff 👍 and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking at buying a house or just getting a inspection done. Eddy, Kayla
- E.K., December 2018
Jim Breer was very personable, thorough and professional. He personally brought us into each room to point out any defects he found. He was very meticulous and tested items we would never have thought about. His fee was in keeping with his professionalism I would not hesitate to recommend Jim Breer to someone who wanted a qualified inspector.
- M.L., December 2018
Jim Breer was very personable, thorough and professional. He personally brought us into each room to point out any defects he found. He was very meticulous and tested items we would never have thought about. His fee was in keeping with his professionalism I would not hesitate to recommend Jim Breer to someone who wanted a qualified inspector.
- M.L., December 2018
Jim is polite, thorough and professional. He answers questions concisely. He explains pertinent regulations in a straightforward manner. I highly recommend him as a house inspector
- J.B., December 2018
This is the third time we have had an inspection report done by Jim Breer over the last 20 years and highly recommend him. He scheduled this inspection within the very tight time frame we identified and had it back to us to review within two days of the inspection. The inspection was very comprehensive and the software program he uses allowed us to make a list of items we wanted to discuss with the seller. It was a pleasure working with him.
- A.B., November 2018
Jim was professional and did a thorough job. I got to see pictures of areas I've not explored (i.e. attic space, etc.) and he let me follow him around and take notes. The final report was comprehensive and easy to read. I will definitely recommend in the future. Thanks again!
- E.C., July 2018
We have used Jim now for 4 of our family homes. He is so thorough and great to work with. We Couldn't recommend him highly enough. We really appreciate his help in our home buying process. Thank you Jim!
- T.H., July 2018
Jim was AWESOME!!! So helpful and I am so very thankful for all his help.
- J.J., May 2018
I have been involved with Jim Breer on a number of home inspections and have found him to be both knowledgeable and professionable. His reports are complete, consis an timely, I look forward to working with him in the future.
- J.C., April 2018
Jim was very responsive and got back to me with the inspection the next day. As a first time home-buyer he was helpful in explaining things to me clearly.
- S.Z., March 2018
Thank you! It was helpful to tour the house with you.
- S.J., March 2018
I found Mr Breer to be very thorough. He communicated with me all during the process and was patient and explained his points very well.
- T.K., March 2018
Professional and efficient.
- J.C., January 2018
I spent close to 3 hours with Jim as he conducted a home inspection for me. He was on time, accessible by phone before our appointment, professional, thorough, and pleasant. He explained everything he was looking at and his professional observations and answered all my questions. His pricing was very reasonable. I recommend him without hesitation.
- M.A., December 2017
Jim was very professional and had excellent communication. His completed Inspection Report was very thorough. We are very pleased with his work. Thank you, Jay and Kathy Pickens
- J.P., October 2017
I found Jim to be punctual, thorough, courteous and unwavering in professional demeanor. He explained things in terms I could understand and took the time to explain the laws that pertained to things that were not up to code. He is among very few men I have hired that did not speak to me as if visually impaired, blonde, and female were commensurate with stupid. I would recommend him to anyone who needs this kind of service. Rev. Llalla Shahar and George Rich- Randolph/Bethel, VT
- L.G., October 2017
Thanks a lot for the very thorough and professional inspection. We appreciate your attention to every detail and great breadth of knowledge and expertise. Best Dana
- D.W., September 2017
Jim does a great job. When purchasing a home you need an inspector you feel confident with and trust.
- D.D., August 2017
Very pleasant and helpful. It was nice to him.
- M.K., East Randolph VT, July 2017
An excellent inspector in every way--professional, clear, thorough, and timely. Highly recommended.
- J.S., June 2017
Jim was incredibly thorough and knowledgeable and great at explaining things! A pleasure to work with.
- S.E., April 2017
Jim Breer is an excellent inspector. He reviewed our future home thoroughly, explained in concise and understandable terms the features of the home that are passable and those which could use repair.
- S.N., March 2017
Jim is knowledgeable, professional and very patient with my questions! Couldn't have asked for better service.
- E.C., Marshfield VT, February 2017
Hi Jim. Your inspection exceeded my expectations. It will prove very helpful in serving as a guide to improving the property. Do continue your valuable work for the people of Barre, Vermont. Thank you so much. Fred Letourneau
- A.L., February 2017
He showed professionalism while doing home inspection. He shows concerns of safety of owners and property. L.C., December 2016
- D.L., Barre VT, December 2016
excellent inspector, professional , and timely ; I would recommend him for any of my inspection needs
- G.R., November 2016
Thank you, Jim. It was very nice meeting you today. I really appreciate the time you took to explain various items to me and your calm demeanor was very reassuring. I would definitely recommend you to my colleagues and would certainly call upon you again for my own personal acquisitions. Best, Debby
- D.B., October 2016
Jim was professional, friendly and knowledgeable. He was on time for our inspection. Jim encouraged questions and provided answers. I definitely would recommend him.
- L.C., October 2016
Jim was very easy to talk to. He took the time and answered questions and made you feel comfortable enough to ask. Thank you.
- M.K., October 2016
Jim was fantastic and took his time to explain everything he was looking at.
- A.V., August 2016
I love the house that I am planning to buy, so I missed many things that must be addressed before a closing date is agreed upon. Jim was very focused, and organized as he evaluated every detail from building's exterior to the chimney repairs that were done. I believe the inspection took about 2 hours. My son was present for this inspection. Last November he bought a 3000 sq.ft. home in Williston which took only an hour. He said he wished that Jim had done this job because the inspector the bank hired missed several items of importance. I would definitely recommend Jim's expertise, and he was very honest, polite and professional. Thank you. Nancy anderson
- N.A., July 2016
Thank you for doing this inspection on such short notice. Sorry about Lighthouse Hill Rd, you were great!
- C.S., July 2016
His thorough review of all features of the property and knowledge of the pertinent standards was impressive to say the least. His report was illustrated with photos and clarifying comments . I would hire Jim Breer again.
- R.M., June 2016
Very professional Very informative Great job!
- J.L., June 2016
Very through, Prompt, professional
- M.M., May 2016
This inspection was very informative and helpful.
- B.F., May 2016
Jim was wonderful to work with. He was prompt with his communication and follow-up and did great work for me. I will use him again and highly recommend him to anyone.
- M.G., April 2016
Very easy to understand and work with. Fast turn around on both inspection and report. Professional and down to earth at the same time. Explains any problem areas and why corrections are needed. Absolutely will recommend Jim to anyone who needs his service.
- M.B., Barre VT, April 2016
Very thorough with his inspection and customer service was excellent. Thanks Jim!
- K.S., March 2016
liked how you were prompt and were there before we even got there. very respectful, thorough and answered any questions we had right there on spot. Appreciate the discount for military, every bit helps. and we thank you for you service.
- M.L., March 2016
Jim was professional, personable, and knowledgeable. Jim gave us endless amounts of general information about the home we had inspected. We felt confident in moving forward in our purchase after Jim was done.
- J.C., Randolph VT, March 2016
Jim, you were very thorough on your inspection and took the time to inspect every aspect of the house you could. The report is very detailed and complete. We appreciate the summary sheet which lays everything out nicely. You also took the time to answer all my questions and to point out areas of concern. Thank you again for a top of the line job! Walter and Ginny Ziske
- W.Z., January 2016
Responsive, timely and thorough
- S.S., October 2015
Will definitely recommend Jim for an inspection. Very professional, attention to detail, reports delivered in a timely manner.
- L.F., October 2015
OMG, is Jim thorough. Not to be unkind, but he may be a candidate for obsessive compulsive disorder meds. No, just kidding. Put the word "thorough" into your Wikipedia search bar. Guess what comes back? Answer: Jim Breer. My only fear is that if he inspected the White House, it would be condemned. I've had a lot of homes inspected over the years, and Jim seems to be pretty much the gold standard. If you don't take it all with a tiny grain of salt, you may never find a home to move into. But if you move into a home that Jim Breer inspects for you, you ARE going to know what you are buying. And he will take the time patiently to explain his report to you, which is hugely helpful. Go Jim B.
- J.R., August 2015
Thanks, , Jim, you were very thorough and I appreciated your sharing your observations and knowledge with me as we went through the house.
- A.H., August 2015
Knowledgeable and very professional.
- J.D., June 2015
I liked that he was upfront and honest about everything that he was doing. He was also very informative. So glad we had you do our inspection.
- D.M., May 2015
Jim is a professional! He took time to explain some of his comments and concerns and even made some great suggestions. I would not hesitate to recommend him.
- C.D., March 2015
Jim was very professional and made the process comfortable to ask questions. We would highly recommend Jim. Thank you Jim! Rose and John
- R.J., December 2014
Thanks so much Jim. Your service was prompt (even with the short notice I gave you) and thorough. It was the best home inspection report that I have ever seen. My parents, who are in their late seventies said the same. I will enthusiastically recommend you to others.
- J.G., December 2014
Great job thank you.
- L.S., November 2014
I appreciate the thoroughness of the report. I particularly appreciate the time Jim spent and continues to spend with me following my review of the report in terms of helping me understand the implications of his findings and providing direction to resources for any necessary repairs and improvements.
- W.D., October 2014
Thank You; always a pleasure to learn from an expert.
- J.S., September 2014
Very thorough, excellent comunication and interputation of what if any diffencies may mean to prospective buyer
- C.S., July 2014
As a first time home buyer, I couldn't have picked a better home inspector. Mr. Breer took the time to explain everything that he was looking for and found -and not just the stuff that needed correcting. He also pointed out what was in good or great repair. I walked away feeling much more educated and prepared for the next step in the home buying process. Hopefully I won't need another inspector anytime soon but if I do, I'll use Jim Breer again.
- S.B., July 2014
Very thorough report, detailed explanation of all issues, I was very happy with the completeness of the inspection and report.
- R.A., July 2014
Jim is very professional and no-nonsense. He identifies and explains problem issues, explains when an issue is the result of laws or standards, and identifies when the solution is an easy fix. I would work with Jim again as a home inspector.
- R.S., June 2014
Jim was thorough and professional and provided a high-quality report in less than 24 hours. I would highly recommend Jim for your property inspection needs.
- B.S., May 2014
Thamks for the pictures that correspond to problems so they are easy to find.
- A.H., May 2014
Jim Breer was thorough and knowledgeable, and yet managed to speak in plain English so that we understood what he was seeing. His report was timely and complete, easy to read and understand - because he had talked us through everything while he was conducting the inspection. In addition to his expertise, Jim was pleasant and easy to work with. I would highly recommend him!
- P.J., May 2014
Thank you Jim for a very complete inspection of my future home, with care to keep the inside of the house free of dirt while inspecting it, and being there when you said you would be. I'm now much more knowledgable as to what the home needs, or what is right with it. Thank you Charlie DuBois
- C.D., May 2014
I chose Mr. Breer and Better Home Inspections to inspect both the home I sold and the home I bought. His inspection of the home I sold allowed me to make the necessary repairs before the house went on the market. His inspection of the new house found problems that the Home Association was able to take care of before I moved in - no mess. Stellar service - I recommend him highly. Jacquelynne Utton
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Impressive report. Very thorough and easy to understand. Could save me a great deal of after-the-sale repair money.
- W.B., April 2014
Great job.
- T.G., Waterbury VT, April 2014
I thought Jim was easily approachable, informative, thorough and willing to share his knowledge. I would highly recommend!
- S.S., January 2014
Jim was very professional and thorough. He answered all questions we had and was very patient. I would recommend Jim to anyone.
- T.L., January 2014
Jim, Thanks for your services - and on a Saturday! We will definitely recommend you to others if we get the chance!
- B.O., December 2013
Thank you for the through job well done.
- E.E., July 2013
Jim was very thorough and took his time explaining everything to us! I would highly recommend Jim to anyone buying a house!!
- T.C., April 2013
Jim, you were fantastic, as usual! Very quick turnaround and very thorough.
- K.T., Montpelier VT, April 2013
Jim was extremely professional, knowledgeable, and thorough. Thank you.
- R.M., March 2013
Thank you Jim! You did an excellent, thorough job once again! I am very pleased with your work and will always highly recommend you!
- A.D., March 2013
Have had the pleasure of working with Jim a few years back and was extremely impressed with his thoroughness then and no less now. I would recommend Jim with absolutely no reservations. Thank you Jim for another flawless job.
- N.S., February 2013
Thank you for your professional services. You did everything you promised to do from arriving on time to timely delivering an easy to understand, comprehensive report. I very much appreciated your explanation of things as you performed your work. Please feel free to use me as a reference. Thanks again - RJN
- R.N., January 2013
Thank you for your most through inspection of my future property. In addition, I found you extremely enjoyable to work with.
- W.K., January 2013