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HOUSEMASTER HOME INSPECTIONS

SERVING PUTNAM COUNTY AND SURROUNDING AREAS

MEET THE TEAM

HouseMaster Home Inspections Serving Putnam County and surrounding areas knows what it takes to deliver quality service. As part of the oldest and most trusted nationwide home inspection company, we’ve been doing just that since 1979. We provide you with thorough inspections and accurate information, all backed by our Limited Repair Reimbursement Guarantee, to give you the peace of mind to make an informed decision regarding your new home. HouseMaster inspectors are comprehensively trained and tested annually to meet the industry standards of inspection, reporting, and customer service. It’s easy to see why HouseMaster customers and the real estate professionals would recommend HouseMaster to their friends and family. Proudly serving the people of Carmel, Hopewell Junction, Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, Mahopac and Surrounding areas.

TRACEY MCGAHAN

OWNER

<p>Tracey was born and raised in Oceanside Long Island. She holds a masters degree in Elementary/special education. She worked for many years as a preschool teacher in the city and loved working with and teaching children. Upon marrying her husband and starting a family, they both agreed that their two young boys would need more land and outdoor experiences that The Lower Hudson Valley would provide them. Tracey has lived here with her family for the past five years and has fallen in love with the area. She would love to assist you in the home inspection process so that you can find your dream home and fall in love with the area as well. Our team looks forward to hearing from you.&nbsp;</p>
DINO KAOUKAKIS

PARTNER AND LEAD INSPECTOR

<p>Dino Kaoukakis has lived in the Putnam and Westchester area all his life, and now resides in Putnam Valley with his wife and two young boys. Dino&rsquo;s immediate qualifications stem from the National Institute of Building Inspectors training and certification. In addition, Dino has in-depth on the job knowledge from experience in various fields, such as roofing, carpentry, plumbing, septic systems, and masonry work. A variety of skill sets is something that was born from working with his father&rsquo;s painting and carpentry company. Then a job at a home improvement business in Eastchester, NY, created a real interest in homes and how all the systems work. Prior to joining the HouseMaster team, he held a successful career in the Aerospace and Defense Industry for nearly 12 years. As a Program Manager his role was to facilitate the movement of goods and services for the U.S. Military while performing a high level of risk mitigation. Dino saw the due diligence needed for Government contractual compliance along with his home contracting experience as a perfect fit for the attention to detail and safety required in a quality home inspection.&nbsp;Dino has always found a great sense of pride in helping others with what he knows. He is looking forward to ensuring that buyers feel confident, well-informed, and protected when it&rsquo;s time to make the very important decision to purchase their new home. Thank you for considering our HouseMaster team!</p>
I had the pleasure of meeting Dino Kaoukakis today and what a nice, honest and compenent man! If anyone is new to the area or purchasing real esate he is a great inspector, one you can trust! If in need give him a call you wont be disappointed.

– Anna S.
Putnam County, NY

Just to acknowledge that the home inspection done on 4.8.21 offered great satisfaction. Dino, the inspector, was punctual and professional, friendly and very knowledgeable. Inside and out, from attic to basement, the entire house was thoroughly assessed. Any questions or concerns were answered and understood without feeling uncomfortable or intimidated. I highly recommend House Master services, with a specific request for Dino Kaoukakis. Thanks again.

– John G
Poughkeepsie, NY

Dino did a fantastic job with the inspection. It was smooth, efficient and Dino answered any questions asked no problem! He went above and beyond expectations and I would recommend his work every time!

– Joseph M
Putnam County, NY

INSPECTION SERVICES

ROOFING
EXTERIOR ELEMENTS
INTERIOR ELEMENTS
FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE
KITCHEN
HEATING SYSTEM
COOLING SYSTEM
ELECTRICAL
PLUMBING
ROOFING

What we inspect: Visible roof covering materials, (shingles), flashings at roof penetrations and valleys, skylights, chimneys, gutters and downspouts. We assess the condition of these elements for proper function; looking for evidence of leakage or worn, damaged, or missing components. Watch us in action!

EXTERIOR ELEMENTS

Here is what we inspect: Visible siding and trim, windows, doors, garages, porches, decks, stairs, and railings. We assess the elements for proper construction and function; looking for damage, missing components or other conditions that might lead to infiltration or functional concerns. Watch us in action!

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

What we inspect: visible areas of all walls, ceilings, stairways, representative windows and doors, and attic areas for signs of leakage and damage, sagging or other structural concerns. Windows will be operated to determine function. In accessible attics, besides assessing structural components, we will note insulation and ventilation conditions. Watch us in action!

FOUNDATION AND SUBSTRUCTURE

What we inspect: Visible load-bearing framing components, foundation walls, slabs, piers and columns and major structural components. Visible, accessible structural components will be assessed for function and presence of damage, decay or defects. We look for water penetration at below grade areas. Watch us in action!

KITCHEN

What we inspect: Plumbing fixtures and built-in appliances. We check plumbing fixtures looking for water pressure or drainage issues and visible signs of leaks. We check basic operational modes of the appliances and ventilators and look at cabinets and countertops for significant deficiencies.  Watch us in action!

HEATING SYSTEM

What we inspect: Visible components of the central AC or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution ductwork. We operate the systemto assess function and condition of the accessible indoor/ outdoor components. The distribution system will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

COOLING SYSTEM

What we inspect: Visible components of the central AC or heat pump system including condensers and air handlers, and the distribution ductwork. We operate the systemto assess function and condition of the accessible indoor/ outdoor components. The distribution system will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

ELECTRICAL

What we inspect: Visible service panels components and household wiring and devices. We assess the condition of readily accessible panel components, note the presence of GFCIs, AFCIs, smoke alarms and check the operation of representative outlets, switches, fixtures and other devices. Watch us in action!

PLUMBING

What we inspect: Visible water supply piping, distribution piping, waste system piping, water heaters and plumbing fixtures. Also includes inspection of the physical condition of piping, kitchen and bathroom fixtures; tubs, showers, toilets, and operation to assess flow, drainage and leakage. Water heating components will also be assessed. Watch us in action!

ADDITIONAL SERVICES

RADON SCREENING
WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS
WATER TESTING
PRIVATE WATER
NEW CONSTRUCTION
COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY
THERMAL IMAGING
RADON SCREENING

A short-term test is performed to determine the possible presence of elevated levels of radon gas pursuant to local regulations or practices for real estate transactions. Radon is an odorless, colorless and radioactive byproduct of natural soil decay known to increase the risk of cancer in those exposed.

WOOD DESTROYING INSECTS

A Termite Inspection (also referred to as a Wood Destroying Inspection or Wood Destroying Organism Inspection) includes a visual examination of the readily accessible areas of the home for evidence of wood-destroying insect activity such as termites, or carpenter ants or the visible damage caused by infestations.

WATER TESTING

Water testing services include taking a water sample following accepted protocols with analysis of samples performed by a certified lab. General options include a basic water Potability test for Coliform (bacteria) and other elements such as Nitrate/Nitrite, Hardness, Acidity (pH). Expanded testing options may include volatile organic compounds (fuels), heavy metals (lead, etc.) or other elements required or recommended by local authorities or common practice such as when a property is located in close proximity to agricultural land, mining, dry cleaning establishments, gas stations, industrial facilities, landfills, or other known or suspected local hazards exist.

PRIVATE WATER

A private on-site water supply (well) system inspection involves an inspection of visible interior pumps, piping, pressure and/or storage tanks and an assessment of the water flow (volume/pressure) from representative fixtures based on a representative water draw from plumbing fixtures. A well inspection does not include inspection of any buried or concealed components, determination of the water supply/source adequacy (yield or well capacity) or water quality.

NEW CONSTRUCTION

Inspections include: draw inspection (verification of installed elements for lender release of funds); phase inspections (conducted at several stages of the construction process); and inspections of new homes ready for occupancy and assessment of the condition of installed components to supplement code compliance inspection provided by local authorities.

COMMERCIAL /MULTIPLE DWELLING PROPERTY

Inspections include: inspection of the visible and readily accessible areas of the roof, structure, mechanical and electric components of the public areas of a building, as well as all or representative individual dwelling or office/store units, as requested by the client.

THERMAL IMAGING

Thermal imaging services make use of an infrared imaging camera that can detect the thermal energy (heat) emitted from an object. Thermal imaging measurements indicate temperature differentials that may help diagnose a myriad of potential concerns in a home or building such as heat loss or gain and waste leakage.