Our Inspectors

At 1st Call Home Inspections, our team of inspectors has a great deal of experience, and the best education, credentials and industry affiliations.

This helps to assure that we will provide our customers with the most thorough and accurate home inspections possible.

Jim McKeever: NYS# 16000033785

  • Jim has over 15 years of construction experience

  • He's been a Developer / Builder with expertise in masonry and residential electrical

  • Jim also also has 30+ years of engineering experience

  • AAS Electrical Technology

Jim says: "My passion has always been in construction and I have developed a strong set of work ethics and traits to go with that passion. I have over 15 years of experience in construction on single and multi family homes. As partner in CMC Homes Inc, Highland, NY and working for Masonry and electrical contractors I have participated in and managed all phases of construction. Additionally I have 30 years technical experience with IBM with 20 years managing engineering departments responsible for major projects. I have also served two years on the Board of Directors for the Dutchess County Chapter of the American Cancer Society."

Rick Cypher: NYS#16000051805

  • Rick has a BS Degree from Union College

  • He also has over 20 years of engineering experience

  • Rick also has industrial experience in electronics, HVAC, plumbing, electrical systems

  • AAS Electrical Technology

Rick says: "I have always been curious about the way things work. This has kept me motivated as a technician, engineer, and now inspector to investigate, learn, and share information."

Mark Hicks: NYS#16000076838

  • Mark graduated from Dutchess County BOCES

  • He worked as an Automotive Technician for 12 years, was an assistant store manager for five years, and held a store manager position for one year

  • Mark has experience installing home HVAC systems

Mark says: "Growing up as a kid I spent a lot of summers on construction sites with my grandfather’s company and later my uncle’s construction company. I always thought that I would make that my career, but in high school I took an automotive course and my thoughts changed. I've spent the last 18 1/2 years in the automotive industry. During my time there I worked as an automotive technician, assistant store manager and store manager. Though cars have always been a passion of mine I found that working with customers and building relationships with them was also rewarding. I have now found a career that gives me the ability to work with people and get back to a passion of my younger years."

Education and Affiliations

New York State Licenses:

  • Jim McKeever- NYS# 16000033785
  • Rick Cypher - NYS#16000051805
  • Mark Hicks - NYS#16000076838

Connecticut Licenses:

  • Rick Cypher - CT#HOI.0000771

American Home Inspector Training (AHIT) Certified


Dutchess Women’s Council of Realtors (WCR) Affiliate Members