Top Rung Home Inspections

4.97 |16 Verified Ratings
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Top Rung Home Inspections

4.97 | 16 Verified Ratings
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6450 Lakeshore Road
Cicero, NY 13039
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Top Rung Home Inspections

Your Peace of Mind is our commitment.

Top Rung Home Inspections is a locally owned and operated home inspection company in Syracuse, NY. As owner and chief inspector, I am committed to giving my clients only the best non bias, thorough inspection. Top Rung Home Inspections provides -only- custom written reports for our clients (not drop down, multiple choice, pre-written reports). Considering the costs involved with buying a home, you deserve a narrative report written specifically for your home. With the time crunch that a real estate transaction demands, we will make sure to get your inspection scheduled right away, and your thorough inspection report to you worry free. Being a member of Central New York Information Services (with Supra Key lock box access) makes scheduling much easier for all parties involved. Please read our reviews from previous clients. I look forward to meeting you! -Charles Kahl, NY LIC #1600066614, Owner &Chief Inspector (315) 254-0643


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Service Area

  • Syracuse
  • Liverpool
  • Auburn
  • Parish
  • East Syracuse
  • Baldwinsville
  • Camillus
  • Fulton
  • Oswego
  • Minoa
  • Oneida
  • Canastota
  • Cicero
  • Skaneateles
  • Central Square
  • Manlius
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Services Offered

Home Inspection
  • General Home Inspection

Areas of Expertise

  • Residential Home Inspections
  • Multi-family Inspections: MBA, FNMA & Freddie Mac Certified.

Product Brands Used

  • House Facks

Quick Facts

Business Hours
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  • Free Estimates
  • Credit Cards Accepted


In Business Since: 2015
Memberships & Affiliations
  • InterNACHI
  • Central New York Information Services
State Licensing
Trade: Home Inspector
License #: 16000066614
Expiration: 05-03-2021
Type: General Liability
Amount: $2,000,000
Expiration: 04-24-2020
  • InterNachi- Code of Ethics for Home Inspectors
  • InterNachi- How to Inspect HVAC Systems
  • InterNachi- Introduction to InterNACHI's Standards of Practice
  • InterNachi- 10 Steps to Performing a Roof Inspection
  • Internachi- Professionalism Training
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Business Overview

Community Involvement

Raising our six year old son. He consumes all of our time. :)

How We Got Started

I chose to work in this industry because I worked in Home Building, Remodeling, Rental Management for many years. Inspections are a great way to utilize this experience to help others when buying a home. Being the victim myself of shoddy work from unreliable contractors on my home, I know first hand the long term costs and headaches involved if things aren't done correctly. My mission is to inform buyers and their families of the home they are interested in before closing the deal, and being stuck in a home they are unhappy in. -Charles Kahl.

We started in this industry in 1998.

We describe our business as Family owned and operated


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4.5   |  
Review by in Brewerton, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
Very detailed and provided exactly what I asked for.
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5.0   |  
Review by in Hannibal, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
The inspector went above and beyond for me on our home inspection. He was very informative during the inspection as well as after. Was available for questions throughout the whole process. And followed up with me after the inspection to see how the house buying process was going. I would highly recommend him for anyone interested in buying a house or doing remodeling to a home you already own. He had good Information. And as someone with no home experience or remodeling experience he answered all of my questions and told me what he was looking for in every aspect of the inspection. 5 stars in my book. I'm sure anyone else who hires him will feel the same way
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5.0   |  
Review by in Syracuse, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
Very professional and was able to come right out and very accommodating.
Response by Top Rung Home Inspections: Thank you Tina for the kind words.
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5.0   |  
Review by in Syracuse, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
I'm moving into a whole new area, and Charles provided an objective, helpful, independent third party view. He answered all of my questions, was friendly, helpful and kind.
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5.0   |  
Review by in Manlius, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
i read about Charles in home advisor , i picked him for the high rate evaluation...and i do agree with every star he earned ..that guy is efficient , straight , professional and that what you need for your home inspection..oh and price is in average... highly recommended..
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5.0   |  
Review by in Cicero, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
The inspector was professional, he cleaned up the mess from the attic. He was great, very thorough.
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Review by in Sterling, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
I didn't know how in depth a home inspection was until now. I'm glad we had to do it.
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5.0   |  
Review by in Dryden, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
Charles was extremely flexible and understanding of the home buying process. He was early and exceedingly thorough in his inspection. He went over his concerns at the conclusion of the inspection and had the full report to is the next day! Charles was very professional and I will gladly tell people to call him for his service. Thanks home advisor for finding him for us! Toprung home inspection is the way to go.
Response by Top Rung Home Inspections: Thank you Jennifer. I appreciate the kind words. It was nice meeting everyone. The best to you guys with your home purchase.
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5.0   |  
Review by in Pitcher, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
Very thorough in inspection found a few things that would have gone unnoticed , also price was the best in the area
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Review by in Syracuse, NY
Project: Inspect a Home
I would likely recommend Charles as a home inspector. He is very knowledgeable at his trade. He answered all my questions, and he not just gave me the inspection report but also gave me ideas on how to fix the issues he found throughout the inspection. His inspection report was very detailed and proffesionally done. He also connected me with a contractor. I'm very satisfied and would highly recommend him to anyone.
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