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Tim, Home Buyer in New York, NY

Can any buyers/homeowners recommend a thorough home inspector in Westchester, NY?

Asked by Tim, New York, NY Wed Apr 23, 2008

My wife and I are looking at a house built in the 1920's in Pelham, NY and want a thorough home inspection to know exactly what we are getting into. I would prefer referrals from home owners who have used somebody they trust.

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Prochek is one of my favorite 800.338.5050. I used them when I purchased my home in Pelham Manor.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 27, 2008
Hi Tim,

I agree with what is being said by most of my colleagues below.

I just wanted to add that you should seriously look into the benefits of hiring an engineer (can make structural assessments), the cost is slightly higher but IMHO it's worth it.

Also I thought this was an interesting quick read:

http://realestate.msn.com/10-things-your-home-inspector-wont…

Bottom line is this...be vigilant, this is your home and at the end of the day no one will care more than you. All too often buyers have to much of a 'hands off' approach - you should be treating this phase with upmost scrutiny.

I'm always available to help, please reach out to me if you have any other questions.

Take care,


Kurt Wiesenmaier
Real Estate Salesperson
Houlihan Lawrence, Pelham
1 Pelhamwood Avenue
Pelham, NY 10803

Kurt@HoulihanLawrence.com
Mobile/Text: 914-715-8339
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sun Sep 28, 2014
I recently used Quality Home Inspections (800-387-6885) ask for Tony Scirghio. NYS Licensed and Insured, and a member of ASHI. My wife and I thought he was very honest, extremely thorough, and professional.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
There are many different inspectors, all with different qualities.

Inspectors who are licensed contractors are the most qualified because they have experience in building and repairs. They are certified by the state rather than an inspector who is certified by some association which they pay to be members of.

Objective inspectors work better for the home buyer. Many inspectors are just as interested in getting the deal closed as the seller and agents are.

This inspector is a member of the Independent Home Inspectors Association of North America which means that he does not rely on referrals from agents.

Heighwood Inspection Service
Al Savastano (866) PRO-EXAM

Check out these 2 websites for more information about choosing an inspector:
http://www.BuyersProtectionService.com/ChoosingInspector
http://www.IndependentInspectors.org
1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 28, 2009
I found out that there is a difference between a licensed home inspector and a licensed professional engineer. A high school diploma is the education required for a home inspector license whereas an engineering degree is required for a licensed professional engineer. I was advised that the structural bones of a house is the most important aspect of the inspection and that is why i chose Inspectamerica Engineering for my home inspection and I was very pleased that I chose them after the horror stories I heard about home inspectors. I bought my home a year ago and Inspectamerica was completely accurate. I use their written report as guide for what I need to get done, I did not want a checklist report which does not say much. I have already recommended Inspectamerica to my sister and she was also very pleased. Here's a link to their website http://www.inspectamerica.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 11, 2014
I would HIGHLY recommend Anthony Scirghio! He did a terrrific, thorough job inspecting my home without scaring me about every little thing. He was punctual, friendly, easy to work with, professional and very knowledgable. You should not think twice about using Anthony. He is an A+. Homebuyer Scardale, NY
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
I WOULD RECOMMEND ANTHONY SCIRGHIO OF QUALITY HOME INSPECTIONS FOR ANY HOMEBUYER LOOKING FOR A COMPLETE AND THOROUGH INSPECTOR. HE WAS VERY EFFICIENT AND BROUGHT A REAL KNOWLEDGE BASE TO THE INSPECTION , HE ANSWERED ALL OF MY QUESTIONS IN DETAIL AND WAS EXTREMELY PATIENT WITH US. FURTHERMORE HE POINTED OUT SEVERAL ITEMS THAT CAUSED ME AND MY WIFE TO SAVE MONEY FROM THE PURCAHSE PRICE.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 24, 2014
Also agree, very helpful during the inspection process.
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Lawrence Katz home inspection (845)423-5300
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 21, 2014
Bob Horvath with Housemasters (845 348 7747) just did an inspection for us this week. He was fantastic. He spent over three hours discussing every detail of the house, stopping frequently to type up his comments and observations (which he provided at the end of the inspection). I felt like I was on an episode of "This Old House" - he was exceptionally knowledgable, courteous, professional and thorough.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 25, 2011
Blakeinspections.com voted number 1 westchester magazine 2011
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jun 23, 2011
I would highly recommend Anthony Scirghio of Quality Home Inspections. He is not only extremely thorough and highly professional in performing his work, but also very responsive and knowledgeable in answering questions. I called Anthony to perform the inspection of a home that I am interested in purchasing, following a previous inspection that I had found to be unsatisfactory. I greatly appreciated Anthony's careful attention to detail as he clarified a number of potential structural issues, along with identifyting other concerns that the previous inspector had missed. As a first-time home buyer, I was particularly impressed by the manner in which Anthony explained the areas where I should be focusing attention and he provided invaluable advice on options for remediation and proper maintenance. Once I am hopefully a home owner, I would certainly anticipate using Anthony's report as an informative guide and an educational resource well into the future.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 14, 2009
i highly recommend Anthony Scirghio of Quality Home Imspections. I have been a Realtor for over 7 years and have only had positive experiences with him and his company. He has always done a thorough and comprehensive job. Most importantly he has been honest to all of my clients. He is easy to reach and very accomodating for appointments. A full report on any home he inspects is available promptly. I had Anthony inspect the home I purchased & live in.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 27, 2009
I would always ask around and get a personal referral. Inspectors today must be licensed by New York State, but it's best to hire someone with local knowledge.
Many take digital photographs and include them with their emailed report.
holly mellstrom
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 21, 2009
Strong Home Inspection is very thorough, trustworthy and reasonably priced! Visit the web site for contact information. Also, try Carnell Building & Environmental Inspections, Inc. in Valhalla 946-4300 and Peter Epstein Full House/Home Inspections in Thornwood 769-0308.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat May 24, 2008
Check Mark Services in Mt. Kisco has an excellent reputation and provides photo intensive reports!

They also have a number of reviews on sites like yahoolocal and merchant circle
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 21, 2008
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