Am I the inspector for you?
Whether newly constructed or 200 years old, no house is completely free of defects. Fortunately, most defects are minor and can be easily and inexpensively repaired or simply lived with. Some are more serious and may be something you'll ask the seller to fix or consider in your final offer. A very few--serious structural or water problems for example--may make you want to walk away from the purchase.
With this in mind a home inspector has two important functions: First he must use his trained eye to find every defect that can be observed. And second he must be able to clearly and accurately describe the defects to his clients.
New York State has one of the most rigorous inspector training requirements in the U.S. As a result, most reputable licensed home inspectors will do a good job of finding defects. However what I bring that others don't is finely honed communication skills. This comes from decades of working as an author and editor of numerous home improvement books for homeowners. I have taken photos and written about many building trades, from roofing to plumbing to carpentry and electrical work.
I strongly recommend that you accompany me during the inspection so that I can answer any questions you have. Immediately after the inspection I'll talk you through what I found and answer any further questions. By the next day you will have a clearly written report that is easy to understand and filled with photos illustrating the findings. At any time after that, I'll be happy to answer any questions. I look forward to working with you.