Frequently Asked Questions About Western NY
Home Inspection Services

We’ve compiled this list of questions and answers to help you and other homeowners, home buyers and others that are looking for professional home inspectors in the greater Buffalo, NY region.

Is it OK if I attend the home inspection?

Yes! We welcome home buyers to learn more about their home by asking questions during watching the inspection process.

When will I receive the home inspection report?

You will receive the report within 24 hours of the inspection time.  In most cases you will receive it on the same day.

How do I receive the report?

You’ll get an email from us that includes a link to the report.  You’ll be able to view it in an eye-pleasing web page format, or if you prefer you can download it to your computer or mobile device as a PDF.

How long does the inspection last?

For an average-sized house, the inspector typically will spend up to 2-1/2 hours inspecting the various systems of the house.  Obviously for larger houses the time will be extended.

Do you "pass" or "fail" a home?

We hear that some home inspectors make a declaration at the end of the inspection where they state that “this house is a fail”, or “this is a good house”.  We consider it our job to help the buyer understand the problems with the home so that they can decide for themselves if the problems are bad enough for them to consider the house a good fit.

What if a big problem is found with the house?

We’ll tell you about any significant problem that we find (and many small ones, too).  Our home inspection report is possibly the best anywhere near Buffalo, and will describe in plain language what the problem is, the effect of the problem and what trade to contact for it to be fixed.  Big problems can be an opportunity for negotiation of the sales price.

The house that I'm buying looks fine. What's the point of a home inspection?

It’s difficult for home buyers to take an unbiased look at their potential house, townhome or condo, and the trained eye of a home inspector is often better equipped than the buyer to take a detailed look at every accessible system of a home.  Simply put, we’ll probably look in places that you might not even think of looking.

How much does a home inspection cost?

Our home inspection pricing is based on the size and age of the house, and to some extent its distance from our primary service area.  

How can a home be inspected when its covered with snow?

It’s true that a roof covering can’t be thoroughly inspected if it’s coated with ice and snow.  But we do our best to inspect the underside of the roof from within an attic, when it’s safe to do so. 

Are you able to access a house without a real estate agent being present?

Bradley Beck, owner of Alto Home Inspection LLC, is an affiliate member of the Buffalo Niagara Association of Realtors and has access to Blue electronic lockboxes that are commonly found on houses that are for sale.  We’ll coordinate with your real estate agent for access to the home so that you won’t need to leave work for the home inspection.

What does the inspection include?

Our home inspection process includes the grounds, exterior, interior, electrical, plumbing, garage, structure, ventilation and other systems of the house.

What types of inspections do you offer?

In addition to home inspections for buyers, many of the inspections that we perform are for sellers.  Of course we now offer free mold inspections, and radon testing is an optional add-on.

Do you inspect "FSBO", or For Sale by Owner, houses?

A large segment of our business comes from buyers who are purchasing FSBO homes.  We specialize in FSBO home inspections near me, and are able to provide timely advice concerning how to proceed with the information you learn from the inspection.

What are a few of the common problems that you find during a pre-purchase home inspection?

We think that most home inspectors near Buffalo would agree that problems with electrical and plumbing systems are quite common, as well as exterior issues that result from poor maintenance.

Does Alto Home Inspection have good reviews?

We do!  Take a look at a few recent Buffalo home inspector reviews below.  These are pulled in from Google, Zillow or Facebook and are from actual clients.  They are unfiltered in any way and we work hard to maintain a 5-Star rating on all three (and other) review sites.

Natasha P.8/26/2020

Brad at Alto communicated extremely quickly in replying to any emails/texts, beyond thorough in his inspection, talked about everything found at time of inspection and even offered suggestions and recommendations as well as things that have worked for him in the past. This made our first home inspection enjoyable. To top it off, the report format was impeccable, easy to read and just as thorough as well as viewable on the web and in a pdf. I was recommended via a good friend and will recommended to anyone I can.

Emma H.2/23/2020

We hired Brad at Alto Home Inspection to inspect the house we are buying. It's our first home so we had no idea what to expect or what is "normal." Brad was very responsive and was able to come out to do the inspection within a couple days of us calling. He answered all of our questions thoroughly and sent us the report very soon after the inspection. We liked the format of the report he uses; it's easy to read and understand. We felt that we could trust Brad's expertise and knowledge, and would recommend him to anyone seeking an inspector.

Hector V.9/07/2020

Brad did an excellent job, he had a fast rate response, he was on time at the inspection, he showed a high level of knowledge when conducting the inspection and also he was always willing to answer my questions giving me the appropriate answers plus many good additional recommendations. Do not hesitate to hire him!

Where does Alto Home Inspection, LLC provide home inspections?

Alto Home Inspection, LLC provides home inspection, mold testing and radon testing services throughout Erie County, Cattaraugus County, Wyoming, Genesee and Niagara counties.  Some of the towns, villages and cities that we inspect homes in aren’t shown here.  But contact us if you are looking for a home inspection elsewhere, and we most likely can assist.

Erie County

Wyoming County

What's the best way to schedule your home inspection, radon test or mold inspection?

Call or Text Us

Call or send us a text and we will work with you to schedule your home inspection and other services. Our normal business hours are Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday 8am-2pm.

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