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Tom Francis Syracuse Home Inspector
Tom Francis owner of  “A Best Home Inspection”   click to verify NACHI certification NY State License #16000011376,  InterNACHI Certification #NACHI03012906 Allow my 30+ years experience to help in your home buying process. See how my service sets me apart. Check my qualifications,  experience,  ancillary services,  sample home inspection reports,  client’s testimonials and judge for yourself.

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Why choose “A Best Home Inspection…”

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For a Great Home Inspection Experience is Paramount

You should be looking for a home inspector with a lot of knowledge and ability to communicate it.  Generally more experience equates to more knowledge.  I’ve inspected over 2500 homes since 1997 and have over 30 years experience in construction.  I also have a keen eye for important details, communicate well, write excellent reports, will take time to explain any defects and to answer all questions to your satisfaction.

“Fully Loaded” or stripped down?

My experience and qualifications allow me to offer about 30 important ancillary testing and inspection services that can be conducted at the time of inspection if needed. Most inspectors are not qualified to offer these services and usually won’t even comment on these important issues because they are outside the basic standards of practice.

“Tom, Thanks so much for taking the time to perform a thorough home inspection with me today. The knowledge you imparted on me in the process was invaluable. I’ll be sure to recommend your services to anyone I know in need of  a home inspection and home education! Thanks…” Wes Belisle, Cicero, NY

“Tom was very friendly and SO knowledgeable. His advice will be extremely helpful to me in my new home. I expected to be overwhelmed with information but he did a great job explaining everything to me.” Katie P., Syracuse, NY

“I am so grateful to have had you to do our home inspection. It gave me a sound piece of mind and a heads up on what we should focus on when we move in. Your patience and careful explanations were so helpful and truly appreciated. Thank you!” Doug and Heather K., Camillus, NY

Click picture to view 53 page sample Syracuse home inspection report.Syracuse Sample Home Inspection

Reports are often requested by attorneys, banks and realtors for negotiating lower price, repairs and credits. The report needs to be clear, concise and detailed.

Awesome Home Inspection Reports

Second in importance, only to a home inspector’s knowledge and experience, is the quality of the written home inspection report. A high-quality, professional report should be well written, comprehensive and include color photographs of defects that were found. It must communicate clearly leaving no doubt as to condition of the home systems and components. In a lot of ways the quality of the home inspection report is more important than the home inspection itself, especially if you’re not present during the inspection. You will be hard pressed to find a better quality inspection or report. Good inspection work takes time, a quality home “inspection” takes 2 to 3 hours of actual inspecting. Add to that time another 30 to 90 minutes for answering questions and explaining things to clients depending on extent and complexity of concerns. That’s an average of 2.5 to 4.5 hours for the inspection and does not include report writing. Quality home inspection reports are written back at the office which take an additional 2 to 4 hours. See some tips on Comparing Inspection Reports. Beware of inspectors who deliver “quickie reports” on site. Compiling a report while at the house (either a hand written check-list or a template on a phone or tablet)  is not quality work. If they do an inspection and compile a report in 1 to 2 hours, believe me, most of that time is filling out the report, very little actual inspecting. Regardless of how the report “looks” it will lack detail and substance. The best inspectors provide a narrative style, digital report with pictures via email within 24 hours and making themselves available for followup questions by phone or email. True professionals will have sample home inspection reports available for comparison.

“Tom, It was a pleasure to meet you and thanks for a great walk through on the house this Monday.  Your tips and thoughts were appreciated.  I’ll be sure to keep you in mind in the future for others.  I would be happy to recommend you.  Sincerely Greg Dilmore, Cortland, NY

“Tom did a very thorough inspection and prepared the building inspection report with a very logical organization, a very easy-to-read indicative presentation”  Read full testimonial Dr. Xinjie Chen, Fayetteville, NY

“I was able to reduce the price of the house because of the completeness of your report. I would recommend your home inspection services to anyone…”  Read full testimonial John Leggette, Manlius, NY

“It was very helpful to have so much detail not only so as to be able to address issues with the person we are buying from but also to know other details…”  Read full testimonial Glenn Post, LaFayette, NY

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Excellent Inspections

Since 1997 A Best Home Inspection has delivered outstanding full-service home inspections and testing services in Central NY. If you want Excellence – see why  Our Inspections Set Us Apart.

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Awesome Reports

We deliver Awesome Home Inspection Reports. Well written, digital photos, detailed, typically 35 to 55 pages, interactive, PDF file delivered to a private web link. See Our Sample Reports

We provide incredible value for Syracuse home inspection

Outstanding Value

Compare the thoroughness of our inspection, the quality of our custom report and our capability to perform all ancillary testing if needed saving you time and money. See Our Full-Service Value.

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Five Star Reviews

“Highly satisfied with the qualified inspection and pinpointing advice”  “extremely professional and knowledgeable”  “performed the inspection with great care”  See Our Reviews

Adjustable Split Jack Posts

split-column-supportAdjustable “split” jack posts or “split” steel columns are improperly used in many homes in New York and are a structural defect. When any of these split type or telescopic adjustable post or columns are installed with the intention of permanent use for the support of main beams in homes … Read more

Sick House?

Feeling sick in a Sick HouseIs your house making you or your family sick? Unfortunately some homes do make the occupants sick. Many people are not aware of “Sick House Syndrome” and its causes. But most people are aware of the symptoms that can result from a sick home such as eye, nose, and throat … Read more

Needs Painting or Staining

A common report defect I find on many homes with wood siding and or wood trim is “Needs painting or staining”. Unprotected wood products like siding and trim are vulnerable to attack by weather and ultraviolet rays from the sun. Paint and stains provide a...

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