US Inspect- Nate Feldweiser
Their inspections are more expensive but worth every penny. Nate does termite and radon testing.
County Wide Home Inspection
Local family husband and wife business reasonably priced. Jim does radon testing not termite.
There is a 3rd person I can recommend. Let me know if you need a 3rd referral.
I like both of these folks because they are honest and thorough and have proven time over time to be professional under a variety of circumstances. Their reports are easy to read. They are not "deal killers". In the industry sometimes we call inspectors deal killers when they report their findings they inject too much zeal or theatrics or put unsubstantiated outrageous cost estimates on their findings. The inspectors I recommended are extremely detail oriented and will note even the slightest repair or imperfections.
One of my clients put an offer on a Short Sale home in Northern Liberties and hired Nate Feldweiser to do the inspection. The report came back revealing a lot of electrical and plumbing issues as well as a structural problem with the home. My client backed away from the deal which would have been a "money pit" for sure. She was so happy with his inspection, the way he explained the problems and educated her through the process, that she used him to inspect another home that see will settle on soon. Tat home also needed a lot of work and I was able to negotiate a lower sales price and a credit for repairs! Thanks Nate!
As a Realtor I use these inspection reports to negotiate repairs. The clearer the report, the better I can work my negotiations for my buyer or seller.
Hope this helps.
I have been inspecting for 7 years, and have inspected hundreds of Philly homes. All info (including prices) are on my website: http://www.SherlockHI.com