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PCH Associates, LLC
Albany, NY | (518) 577-7707 | peterhughes01@aol.com
NY Home Inspector License #16000008390 | NY Termite and Pest Certification ID #C4862397

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Our Services

Home inspectors help you buy or sell your home with confidence. As a trained, experienced professional, I have pretty much seen it all. I will provide invaluable help in turning you into a knowledgeable consumer. After an inspection, homeowners can identify problems in the making, and take preventive measures to avoid costly repairs. Sellers can understand conditions the buyer’s inspector may point out, and put the property in better selling condition by making repairs.

"Thanks for sending the report. I also want to thank you on behalf of Jen and me for making our first home inspection such a pleasant experience. Your professionalism and affability exceeded our expectations, and we will definitely be recommending you to everyone. Thanks again!"
Ryan, Albany

Our inspection services include:

A heating system inspection is part of everyone of our inspectionsBuyer's Inspection

In both new and older homes, the best way to ensure that you are well-informed about the strengths and weaknesses of a property is to have us give you a professional home inspection. We are trained to identify problem areas both small and large that may have been overlooked by the previous owners, and to identify which require immediate attention. See our Inspection Overview for more details.

"Thanks Peter. Your report has given me peace of mind."
Alicia, Albany

Seller's Inspection

Whether you are selling your home on your own or using a realtor, it is always a prudent idea to have a professional home inspection. Knowledge is power. All homes have strengths and weaknesses; we help you answer how serious the problems are, and which must be immediately addressed, and which can wait. The more you know about your home, the more prepared you will be for negotiation. See our Inspection Overview for more details.

“Thank you for your time and professionalism. It was a pleasure meeting you!”
Robin and Mark, Castleton

Maintenance Inspection

After you have owned your home for some time, you may not be sure how to best maintain it to make sure that everything stays in tip top shape, or what you need to do as a routine now to avoid costly repairs later. We are happy to go through your home with you and point out simple things that should be part of your schedule. Take a look at back issues of our newsletter for tips and ideas. It is important to use high quality timber for structural elements.

Construction Inspection

In a new home, the quality of construction is often not what it used to be some years ago. For peace of mind, many buyers have independent reviews of their properties during various stages of the construction process, including slab, frame, and final inspection. This relatively inexpensive inspection protects your purchase, prevents unpleasant surprises, and ensures the quality home that you’ve dreamed about.

"Hi Peter, I just wanted to say it was a pleasure to meet you and Keith last week. My client and I were both very pleased with the way the inspection was done and appreciated you taking the time to really explain things and educate him about the property he is purchasing. I will definitely be recommending you in the future. Have a happy and healthy new year. Regards, Heather"

Warranty Inspection

Most builders provide a one-year warranty for new construction. Generally during this period of time the buyer develops a "punch list" of corrections for the contractor to repair under the warranty coverage. Some defects will not be obvious to the untrained eye. It is prudent to obtain our home inspectors' list of items that will most likely be repaired by your builder at no cost to you. You will be reassured knowing that potential problems were addressed before they grow into something that could cost you a great deal down the road.

Peter Hughes with his infrared camera

HomeSafe Advanced Infrared Scanning Inspection

We use our infrared camera in all our inspections. We invested heavily in this equipment because it allows visual inspection inside of your walls, floors and ceilings. Issues not visible during our detailed structural inspection are now revealed:

"My first experience with home inspection was with Peter Hughes. Peter arrived early, was well-prepared for any situation, and took the time with us to go over the entire house. I couldn't be happier. Peter was patient, looked at any concerns we had, and was exceptionally good at pointing out where there was damage, flaws, or upgrades. He made use of all technologies, from comically-large screwdriver to infrared cameras. For each major system, Peter gave us a rundown, age, and life expectancy, as well as other advice. With his extensive experience, he was able to give us the history of the house based on features, information that the previous owner's agent had no knowledge of. With Peter's report, which he generated immediately on-site, we were able to do more than just make a decision on our largest investment, we were given the skeleton for major and minor changes that we'll be making over the coming months and years. And, almost better than his ASHI certification and BBB rating, is his fair and competitive price. From my research I know that I paid a fair price, lower than some of his competitors. I highly recommend PCH Associates for home-buyers' inspections.
Thanks for the great work,
Israel"

Acoustical Termite Inspection

We have also invested in equipment so we can better determine if there are termites present during all our inspections. High Tech Acoustic Sensors are used to hear termites and ants in the walls.



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