Meet our team

Dick Alton

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. 

Hattie

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! 

Qualifications

NYS Registered Code Enforcement Official

Certified Master Deck Professional

(Building Code College and North American Deck and Railing Association)

Home Energy Rater

(Registered by the US Department of Energy)

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:

  • Grounds
  • Foundation
  • Basement/Crawl space
  • Roof
  • Structure
  • Exterior
  • Garage
  • Kitchen
  • Rooms
  • Bathooms
  • Plumbing
  • Heating/Cooling System
  • Electrical
  • Windows/Doords
  • Walls
  • Floors and Ceilings

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. 

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.

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