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Home Inspector Atlanta

gas 90x90Atlanta home inspector, Gerald "Jerry" Simmons, ACI: Jerry is an ASHI certified home inspector with 30 plus years experience in the inspection profession. 
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is code certified and in 1988 earned a license to become a Georgia Certified pest control operator, for the purpose of being able to identify wood destroying organisms including termite activity. Jerry was one of the first home inspectors to earn a Radon Proficiency Certificate for an Individual and for an Organization. Before becoming an inspector he was in Real Estate and the housing industry and in the early 1970s as a Real Estate agent and Broker. He owned and operated a successful construction company accumulating 15 years experience in the construction industry as a general contractor. Jerry's  inspections are thorough and concise his reports describe conditions discovered during the inspection process and that information is presented in an understandable format. The main purpose of any inspection is to provide information that can help a buyer make an informed decision. The inspection report layout and content is based on the American Society of Home Inspectors Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics

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Industry Certifications:

  • CABO One and Two Family Dwelling Inspector:  Structural, HVAC, Plumbing, & Electric - Registration No. 1499
  • Housing Rehabilitation Inspector - Registration No. 1085
  • Standard Code Building Inspector - Registration No. 5104

Other achievements:

  • Co-founder: Georgia Association of Home Inspectors: - 1989
  • Vice-President: Georgia Association of Home Inspectors: 1989 - 1991
  • President: Georgia Association of Home Inspectors: 1992
  • President: ASHI Georgia, Inc. 2012
  • Treasurer: ASHI Georgia, Inc. 2007, 2015, 2016 to current
  • Co-Chairman SE Home Inspector Conference 2007 to current
  • ASHI Council of Representatives 2016 - 2017
  • Group leader Council of Representatives - 2017
  • Radon Measurement Proficiency Organization ID No. 2190700
  • Radon Measurement Proficiency Individual ID No. 140550
  • Professional Pest Control Technology training 10/27/89
  • Continuing Education - 30 + hours per year for 30 plus years
  • 2018 Winner of the Philip C Monahon Award

Why have a home inspection?
Are you aware that  a homeowner is not required to bring an existing dwelling up to current codes, and that a Seller may not feel compelled to disclose all conditions? However if a Seller has upgraded, for example the electric system that upgrade is supposed to comply with current electrical standards. This is just one example of many items that we inspect. logoWe are not code enforcement inspectors and a home inspector  cannot compel a homeowner to make repairs. The process is called an inspection but really it's a process of discovery that is based on certain criteria and restrictions. To inspect, according  to our Standards of Practice, is to perform a visual inspection of the readily accessible areas, systems and components and provide information regarding the condition of observed systems and components as the condition or conditions existed at the time of the inspection. Home inspection is further defined as a process by which the inspector visually examines the readily accessible systems and components of a home and describes those systems and components in accordance with the Standards of Practice published  by the American Society of Home Inspectors and SECTION 1. Chapter 3 of Title 8 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated ARTICLE 6.

•• See our sample report for more information.


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Our inspection fees are not the lowest but they are competitive, and there is no charge for a free quote.
We proudly provide a copy of the ASHI Client Bill of Rights download your copy today.
When confirming an appointment we send an Inspection and Employment Agreement that describes our services, limitations and fees. For your convenience the agreement is structured for E-signature.

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Services

Services offered:

Pre-purchase:  This inspection is based on a set of standards published by a professional association and State Statue. The inspectors job is to identify and document conditions observed and provide a written report describing the observed conditions. Report lengths vary in size from 20 pages to as many as 35 or 40 pages. Longer reports generally mean there are more pictures included. Inspection fees range from $395 to $850 and beyond, again based on the size and type property to be inspected. Single family homes include condominiums, townhouses and detached buildings. Out buildings can increase the cost of an inspection especially if an out building or buildings contain liviable space.

Seller or Listing inspection: Similar to a pre-purchase inspection with additional recommendations to help a Seller provide full disclosurer. It is better to disclose than loose a potential sale.

New Construction Inspection: Like the pre-purchase inspection above. There is generally no due diligence period and many builders place restrictions on the home inspector that are not required by law, however some restrictions like requireing an inspector to be a member of one professional association when there are other nationally recognized professional associations and requiring an inspector to carry expensive types of insurance that do not cover the buulder or purchaser, all of the requirements, according to the builders are for the protection of the buyer when in fact the purpose is to prevent more experienced inspectrors.

Identifying mold issues. Molds are directly related to water. If water issues are present, first and before cleaning molds, have all water issues repaired, all wet areas cleaned and then conduct mold testing or sampling.

1-year Builder Warranty Inspection. Documenting conditions that you the homeower want addressed and corrected by the builder.

Radon Gas Testing - Houses are tighter now than before the energy codes meaning air inside a house is rarely replaced with fresh air. Radon is an inert gas that attaches to dust particles at which time the gas changes to what can be a health hazard.

If you are purchasing in an Historical district, check to see if the property is listed: National Register and Historical Places

Before you make a decision to hire Jerry review the terms and conditions in the Employment/Inspection Agreement and review the detailed sample report. Yes, digital photos are included in every report especially when words do not accurately describe a condition or location.


"Wow, Jerry
What a detailed and informative report! Thank you so much for such a professional job.
This will help me with my decision regarding a counteroffer and purchasing the home.
I'll let you know how thing turn out.
Thank again, Charlene"


  Types of Properties inspected:

  • Single family Detached

  • Townhouses

  • Condominiums

  • Duplexes

  • Investment property

  • Foreclosures

  • Short Sales

A  full range of inspection services accompanied by easy to read and understand  inspection reports that provide details and explanations and point out the good, as well as conditions that may need be addressed or corrected. We do accept major credit cards, we also accept checks and cash. Want to know the cost of an inspection, get a quick response with no obligation, ask for a Price Quote.