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Common Defects Found During Home Inspections: An Interview with Joe Tribuzio of Tribuzio Home Inspection Services

By Joe Tribuzio

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

I am an ethical Illinois Licensed Home Inspector focused on telling it like it is. I get clients from word of mouth referrals, recommendations from past clients to their family and friends. I also have good reviews on Yelp, Angie's List, and BBB.

What is one of the most common defects you find when you're inspecting homes?

One of the most common defects I find in homes is improper venting of bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans into attic- this causes moist hot air to be trapped near the wood structure and can lead to " growths" such as mold or other moisture related issues.

Is there something that most people don't know about roofing problems that they should know?

TAR FLASHING IS TEMPORARY - sealants and tar used in lieu of proper roof flashing of a penetration through roof will almost always crack and split opening up a potential leak point.

How common are electrical hazards in older homes?

It is fairly common to find cloth covered, rubber shielded wiring. Old wiring of this type will crumble, exposing the bare wire.

What about in newer homes?

Newer home electrical issues tend to be cheat wiring techniques- double taps etc. This is fairly common among all age electrical systems.

What are some of the most expensive defects that are commonly found during a home inspection?

I would say structural damage, roofing, and bad plumbing.

What are the basic steps that people should take after they've received an inspection report for a house with several defects?

Get further evaluation of the defects by a trade specific professional - they are likely to find more because they can be destructive (dismantle things, open walls etc.)

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

I like texts with inquiries, its quick and clearer. There are no worries about bad connections.

I also have a price quote form on my website www.thishomeinspector.com and also a scheduling form. Calls are great, emails are great , but whats faster than a text?

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