October Home Inspections
October Home Inspections
  October Home Inspections (866) 628-1084

You get:

  • Experience
  • Thoroughness
  • Excellent customer service

    Serving you in:

  • New York's Hudson Valley
  • New York City's five boroughs
  • Nassau County

  • October Home Inspections

    "No architecture can be truly noble which is not imperfect."
    — John Ruskind

    Luxury Homes and Estate Inspections
    Home Inspections
    Historic Home Inspections
    Commercial Building Inspections
    Retail and Mall Building Inspections
    Apartment Building Inspections

    October Home Inspection's owner and home inspector is Arlene Puentes.

    I am a high quality professional building inspector dedicated to giving you expert building condition information.

    October Home Inspections costs more because your important buying decisions demand a thorough inspection performed with careful diligence and unimpeachable loyalty.

          "Any dead thing can go with the stream; it takes something alive to swim against it."   — G. K. Chesterton

    To serve you better, October Home Inspections does not solicit realtor referrals. I choose this policy in order to avoid any possible conflict with your interests.

    Think about it. If your building inspector must depend upon realtor referrals for work, whom must that home inspector try to please?

    Please be careful with home inspectors who depend upon realtor referrals. Alas, realtor referrals allow sub-standard home inspectors to prosper because their success in business doesn't depend upon doing a good and comprehensive job. Actually, it can be just the opposite.

    Ask your friends and co-workers and you're sure to hear a few realtor-referred home inspector stories that will scare you.

          "Character is so largely affected by association, that we cannot afford to be indifferent as to who or what our friends are."   — DJF

  • New York State Licensed Home Inspector, ID # 16000005212.
     — Please don't be impressed by this — it is easy to get a NYS home inspector's license and this information is here because NYS law requires that I post my NYS license ID number on this website. So there. Now I've done that and can go back to telling you about credentials that are true indications of my ability to serve you expertly.

  • Certified Member of the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). ASHI is the only national home inspection association in the U.S. with rigorous logo use privilege requirements. ASHI is the oldest and most respected not-for-profit professional organization of home inspectors in North America.
  • ASHI Member Logo
  • International Code Council (ICC) Certified Commercial Building Inspector. This certification is a significant accomplishment and is conferred by the ICC to attest to comprehensive technical expertise and a vast knowledge of the construction codes and standards used by building professionals.

  • International Code Council (ICC) Certified Residential Building Inspector. The International Code Council (ICC), the largest building and safety code organization, is dedicated to protecting the property, health and safety of people worldwide and develops the most widely referenced building codes for residential and commercial buildings. Most U.S. cities, counties and states (including NYS) that adopt building codes choose the building codes developed by the ICC.

  • Certified by the New York State Department of State as a New York State Building and Residential Code Enforcement Official. This certification is granted after the successful completion 126 hours of Department of State training and six 1½ hour exams. In order to keep this certification I am required to receive an additional 24 hours of approved NYS Department of State code enforcement training a year.

  • Chosen to serve on the American Society of Home Inspector's (ASHI) prestigious National Technical Committee. This important 8 member committee conducts technical reviews for ASHI. This committee work furnished me with a thorough and extensive base of current, academically defensible technical knowledge of building science.

  • Served on ASHI's Committee for Ethical and Professional Practices. This committee oversees questions of proper and ethical home inspector and client relationships based on ASHI's famous Code of Ethics.

  • Passed the National Home Inspector Examination given by the Examination Board of Professional Home Inspectors. This 4 hour examination is a closed book and proctored exam. (I make a big deal about it being a closed book exam because of the many "certified" and New York State licensed home inspectors who claim to be able to serve you adequately based upon having passed a notoriously easy online exam.)

  • Building science technical educator and speaker and have spoken on technical topics at a national home inspection educational conference and at various local training meetings. I am also a NYS Department of State approved home inspection educator.

  • Certified by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as a Commercial Pesticide Technician in Category 7C (Termites).

  • Member of the Hudson Valley Chapter of ASHI, the 2008 Chapter President and the recipient of the Chapter's 2004 Outstanding Member of the Year award.

  • A full time commercial and residential building inspector.

    "A woman's work is never done." — Anonymous

    Building Science Research and Information

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    Brick Lined Walls in Wood Framed Homes
    co-written with Daniel Friedman, InspectAPedia.com®

    Are You Being Asked to Agree to an Ineffective Mold Remediation Job?

    Home Inspection Tool and Equipment Review

    Rite in the Rain Rite in the Rain All-Weather Writing Paper  

    Book Reviews

    Just Add H2Oh Just Add H2Oh by Dan Holohan  

    Spada The Home Inspection Book by Marcia Darvin Spada

    Home Inspection Educational Video Review

    Mapping a House Mapping A House by Jack Reilly

         "People always told me that my natural ability and good eyesight were the reasons for my success as a hitter. They never talk about the practice, practice, practice." 
             — Ted Williams

    Additional Information

    Traditional Education:
    Hunter College: New York, NY. BA 1990 GPA 3.73 Dean's List 4 semesters. Latino Honor Society. Eugenio Maria de Hostos Award for outstanding scholastic achievement.

    Professional Organization:
    Hudson Valley Women's Business Owner's Association

    Community Commitment:
    Member of the Board of Trustees of the Kingston Library, Kingston, NY. January 1998 until the expiration of my term in June 2003. Fiduciary, management and fund raising activities.

         "That's how you know it's a roof."
                   — Frank Lloyd Wright
                       to a client complaining about a leaky roof.

    October Home Inspections 866 628-1084

    Home Inspections
    Luxury Homes and Estate Inspections
    Historic Home Inspections
    Commercial Building Inspections
    Retail and Mall Building Inspections
    Apartment Building Inspections

    The building inspections are a methodical investigation of your building's condition followed by a written report. The inspection is performed in compliance with the Standards of Practice and the Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home Inspectors and will include the foundation, framing, basement, crawl spaces, garage, roofs, kitchens, bathrooms, interior rooms, attics, plumbing, heating, cooling and electrical systems.

    If you are the buyer in a real estate transaction, the building inspection will help you make an informed buying or leasing decision.

    If you are a real estate seller a pre-sale building inspection will give you the opportunity to repair or disclose the items that the buyer's inspector may find. This will help minimize the chance of a delay in the sale which, by the way, is MUCH more expensive than a pre-sale building inspection.

    I encourage you to attend the building inspection and to ask questions.

    Radon Testing
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    Septic Dye Test
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    Call to schedule a commercial or residential building inspection
    (866) 628-1084

    Arlene Puentes
    October Home Inspections
    P.O. Box 3301 Kingston, NY 12402
    1-(866) 628-1084
    fax: (877) 852-8732
    Email: ap@octoberhome.com

         "Call it done." — Claire

         "Shut up and play yer guitar." — Frank Zappa