About Tom Driscoll, Certified Home Inspector

Tom has been providing Long Island and New York City with the most thorough and complete home inspections in the industry. We use state of the art equipment to provide you with the best possible home inspection experience possible.

See Behind the Walls: The Importance of Thermal Imaging Inspection

Thermal image showing heat loss from improperly insulated window and wallsWe are a Certified home inspection company that is equipped with thermal imaging cameras and are properly trained to find problems that are unseen with the naked eye.   These “invisible” issues often cause major repair bills later.  Better that home buyers know of them before purchasing real estate.

We see through walls to find these types of problems in homes:

– Moisture penetration through the homes exterior covering, whether the home has brick, stucco or vinyl siding this can be a major issue.

– Improperly installed or deteriorated insulation.

– Water leaks and air leaks around windows and doors that could lead to mold or high utility bills.

– Plumbing leaks inside the home, including leaking pipes, improperly installed toilets, leaking shower pans, and bathtubs

–  Uninsulated HVAC ducting that has not been adequately sealed. This will cause condensation dripping in attics and crawlspaces.

– Improperly installed or insufficient insulation in ceilings and walls.

– Leaking roofs, skylights, roof vent piping and roof vents.

With Thermal Imaging Technology, we will help protect you against hidden problems or damage.  Best Long Island Home Inspection can provide our clients with a more thorough home inspection either when buying a home or selling your home. We are also able to save you money by identifying the source of any underlying issues and eliminating any destructive work to find the source. We are also able to determine any areas that could be more energy efficient within your home.

No matter if you’re the seller or the buyer contact Solid City Home Inspections to schedule your home inspection today. http://www.MyLongIslandHomeInspection.com

Here are some examples of thermal imaging in use.


 A Plumbing leak in garage ceiling- not visible during the typical inspection process. Plumbing leak indicated by infrared scan (dark blue area).
Interior hallway in a newly constructed home appears to be insulated. Infrared Scan Indicates Missing Insulation.
Air conditioning duct works during a regular visual inspection. Infrared scan indicates that cold air is leaking from ductwork into the attic (dark blue area).
Electrical panel during normal inspection process appears to be functioning properly. Infrared scan of the panel indicates overheated electrical breaker & wire. Faulty electrical panels are fire hazards.
Plumbing leak at shower liner is often not found during the standard visual inspection. Infrared scan indicates that water is leaking from the shower under vinyl flooring.
Insulated windows appear to be functioning properly. Infrared scan shows that heat is escaping through failed thermal seal (noted at lower right side window).




Importance of Home Inspections

importance of home inspectionsWhen you hire a licensed home inspector it can provide you with big savings at the closing table.

The first thing you need to be sure of is that you hire a qualified Certified & Licensed- in New York State – home inspector who can identify subtle defects as well as larger defects that are not readily visible to the common real estate buyer. Buyers who try to save money and do their own  search are usually unqualified and even if they have a good knowledge of home construction they are too emotionally involved in the purchase and are usually blinded by the cosmetic issues.

Purchasing the home of your dreams – whether cottage or mansion – usually exhausts all of your available funds as well as everything you can borrow. We are sure you don’t want to wake up to a surprise $3,000 repair bill for a new heating system three months after you move into the house you just purchased – avoid this scenario by having a comprehensive once-over done first!

Being able to identify these defects before you sign the contract to purchase can sometimes help you to get  a reduced selling price, or have the seller repair defects uncovered during the course of the inspection at the sellers expense.  Don’t assume that since the seller is offering the house “as is”, there is not room for price negotiation when you are purchasing a home – there is always opportunity for price reductions until the final contract and closing.

There may be times when the surveyor recommends further investigation on particular components such as the electrical or plumbing. This usually happens when the inspector has a major concern with the current conditions of these household systems.

It is important to follow along with the inspector during the investigation because this is a  first hand opportunity to learn about the property you are buying. He will make sure that you are not blinded by the high emotions that take over during the real estate buying process and show you the important issues of the building you are purchasing.

At BestLongIslandHomeInspections.com  we have our clients needs in mind one hundred percent of the time to make sure they are making the right decision when it comes to purchasing the home of their dreams – apartments and condos too!


Queens Home Inspection

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Purchasing a home in any part of the country can be stressful, and this is especially true in New York City. Queens county is rich in older, historic homes and buildings and, while this is definitely a plus, older homes bring their own host of problems. This is why when purchasing real estate in Queens, certified home inspections must not be skipped!

Our experienced, professionals will check for anything that may prevent you from getting a mortgage or insurance, make your home uninhabitable, or cost you money to repair. This includes reviewing all the following:

· Electric, plumbing, gas lines, water lines
· Roofs & roofing tiles
· Potential for water damage & flooding
· Foundation issues

We will provide you with a detailed, computerized report, including images of every area inspected in the home, in an easy-to-read and understandable format and all within 48 hours of completing the home inspection. Everyone of our inspectors is licensed by New York State and are all highly qualified to help home buyers fully understand what they are facing after signing on the dotted line.

No matter what condition a property is in we will help give you all of the information you need to make an informed choice when buying  property. While some home inspectors in may be on the realtors’ or sellers’ sides, we are always working for the potential home-buyer.

Purchasing a home, apartment, condo or co-op is the often single most expensive investment the average person will make in their lifetime. Ensure you’re investing your money wisely when purchasing residences.

We have successfully completed home inspections in all these Queens towns in our service area:

Northwestern Queens

Astoria Heights
Little Egypt
LeFrak City (housing development)
North Corona
East Elmhurst
Forest Hills
Forest Hills Gardens
Fresh Pond
Hunters Point
Jackson Heights
Long Island City
Dutch Kills
Queensbridge (housing development)
Ravenswood (housing development)
Queensview (housing development)
Queensview West (housing development)
Middle Village
Rego Park
Wyckoff Heights
Sunnyside Gardens

Northeastern Queens

Bay Terrace
College Point
Downtown Flushing
Flushing Chinatown
Murray Hill
Queensboro Hill
Floral Park
Fresh Meadows
Fort Totten, Queens
Glen Oaks
North Shore Towers (housing development)
Kew Gardens Hills
Kew Gardens
Linden Hill
Little Neck
Oakland Gardens
Willets Point

Southwestern Queens

City Line, Queens
Hamilton Beach
Howard Beach
Old Howard Beach
Howard Park
Lindenwood (housing development)
Rockwood Park
Ozone Park
Tudor Village
Richmond Hill
South Ozone Park
Southeastern Queens
Cambria Heights
Hollis Hills
Jamaica Center, Queens
Jamaica Estates
Jamaica Hills
Queens Village
Saint Albans
South Jamaica
Springfield Gardens

The Rockaways

Belle Harbor
Breezy Point
Broad Channel
Far Rockaway
Rockaway Beach
Rockaway Park