Homes built before code revisions are not obligated to comply with codes for a home built today. Home Inspectors will report findings when it comes to safety concerns that may be in the new code (such as grounded and GFCI outlets near sinks) A home inspector thinks SAFETY, not CODE when performing a home inspection.
Owner, Licensed Home Inspector
Dick Alton started his career in construction as a carpenter building homes prior to graduating from SUNY Oswego with a degree in Business and Finance. After graduation, he worked in the banking industry for 12 years as a commercial loan officer specializing in home builders, developers and construction project lending.
Passionate about building, Dick left the banking industry to become a Project Manager for commercial construction projects and residential construction.
For the last 10 plus years, Dick has put his expertise into his home inspection business and has earned the prestigious ASHI certified inspector status.
Lead Treat Advisor
Hattie started her life on the streets of Saratoga, fending for herself. After being rescued by the Rottie Empire Rescue Group, she went into her foster home, where she got her first taste of the good life.
After spending some time in her loving foster home, Hattie came to her forever home with Dick, where she is now the most spoiled pittbull you will ever meet.
Today, Hattie can be found helping Dick drop of Radon tests, going to the bank to get treats from the tellers, and ensuring Dick’s feet are warm as he completes his reporting and paperwork. Adopt, don’t shop!
Charlie Brown joined the Alton Inspection Family in May of 2020. Charlie was born in Alabama and like his new sister, Hattie, was rescued by Rottie Empire Rescue Group.
Charlie is quickly learning the ropes of the business and is the friendliest member of the team.
About Home Inspections
A home inspection is a visual inspection of the structure, and major systems of a home, to find items that are not performing correctly or items that are unsafe. If a problem, or symptom of a problem is found, the Home Inspector will include a description of the issue in the written report, and may recommend further evaluation. This is similar to a General Practitioner Doctor that recommends a specialist.
What to Expect
What does a home inspection include?
The inspection report includes a visual review of:
What should I NOT expect from a Home Inspection?
All homes, even new construction, have some problems. A home inspection is not an appraisal of a homes value. A home inspector will not tell you if you should or should not purchase the home, and will not give estimates of repairs.
Stuff happens! Components such as heating/cooling systems and sump pumps can (and will) break down. A home inspection tells you the condition of the component only at the time of the inspection.