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Tips for choosing the right home inspector

Choosing Home InspectorWhether you’re a home buyer or seller, the home inspection is one of the most important parts of the entire process.

For buyers, a home inspection will bring to light problems that you might not have noticed before. In some cases, a buyer can discover issues about the home that cause them to rethink their purchase.

For sellers, having your home inspected can show you what you need to fix before you put your home on the market, eliminating the need to haggle with potential buyers over the price.

Choosing the right home inspector is a crucial part to making the home inspection process run smoothly. Here are a few helpful tips to keep in mind when choosing a home inspector:

  • It’s wise to try looking for a home inspector first even before looking for a home. When you’re already engaged in negotiations with a home seller, your time is limited, so you may feel pressured to go with the first home inspector you encounter.
  • Try asking your friends or relatives for recommendations. You can also look for local home inspectors on the American Society of Home inspectors website.
  • Remember to talk with prospective inspectors thoroughly. Ask them about their background, how long they’ve been in the business, how many successful inspections they’ve performed, and what type of report they can provide you.
  • Look for an inspector who will remain objective and independent throughout the process. An inspector should not be affiliated with the real estate agency in charge of selling the home.
  • Choose an inspector who specializes in the particular type of home you’re about to buy or sell. Each home is built differently and is made using different materials, thus there are different risks, signs, and symptoms to look out for.
  • Make sure your inspector can submit a complete report in a timely manner, so you can have plenty of time for review. Most inspectors can also provide you with an electronic copy, so you can share it to friends and relatives via e-mail if needed.

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Must-visit farmers’ markets in Westchester

Visiting farmers’ markets has many great benefits – you get to support local farmers, encourage more sustainable practices, buy newly harvested produce, and feel a greater sense of community.

Westchester has a huge selection of farmers’ markets that range from compact and low-key to large ones with over 50 different vendors.

Here are a few top farmers’ markets to visit in Westchester:


Photo courtesy of Hastings Farmers Market Facebook page

Photo courtesy of Hastings Farmers Market Facebook page

Hastings Library Parking Lot, 7 Maple Ave., Hastings-on-Hudson
8:30am to 1:30pm, Saturdays, June to November 28

Started in 1998, the Hastings market is one of Westchester’s first farmers’ markets. Today, the market has flourished into one of the county’s more popular markets, with over 2,000 shoppers every week. Hastings has a very festive atmosphere, with live performances from local bands, children visiting the library, and a gorgeous view of the Hudson. The market features an exciting mix of vendors, who sell everything from homemade jams, bee pollen, and locally grown produce.


Tarrytown-Sleepy Hollow (TaSh)

Photo courtesy of  Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow Farmer's Market

Photo courtesy of Tarrytown Sleepy Hollow Farmer’s Market

Patriot’s Park, Rte. 9, Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow
8:30am to 2pm, starting mid-May

Originally one of Westchester’s smaller markets, the TaSh Farmers Market is slowly gaining traction, increasing its number of vendors to nearly three times compared to previous events. The market has a very friendly vibe, where shoppers can join in on picnics, engage in conversations, and enjoy live performances. The TaSh market vendors rotate every week, so shoppers get to enjoy a wide selection of prepared food and local goodies from growers around NY state.


Pleasantville Farmers Market

Photo courtesy of Pleasantville Farmers Market Facebook page.

Photo courtesy of Pleasantville Farmers Market Facebook page.

Memorial Plaza by the Train Station, Pleasantville
8:30am to 1pm, Saturdays, May to November

The Pleasantville Farmers Market is perhaps the most popular market in the county, with more than 50 vendors, live music, tons of family-friendly activities, culinary demonstrations, and other enjoyable programs. The market draws thousands of visitors each Saturday, making it one of the largest farmers markets in Westchester County.

For other fun activities and events in Westchester, visit:
Fun-filled events in Westchester County
Golfing in and around Westchester County