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The Most Common Issues of a Home Inspection: An Interview with Eric Shaw of EFS Inspection Service

By Eric Shaw

Tell us a little bit about your company and its foundation.

I have work over the past 11 years as a Municipal Inspector in the South Suburban Chicago Areas in Illinois. Inspecting buildings for the Health, Safety, and Welfare of these communities. I started the EFS Inspection services Company with these same goals.

The company is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. I am committed to meeting those needs. My inspection will help you understand the condition of you home. I really enjoy helping my clients in this process. Customer service is the highest priority.

What are a few of your biggest concerns when it comes to safety within a house?

One concern is the roof, most buyers and even the sellers, don't even see the condition of the roof especially around the chimney. Small leaks appear around the flashing or a loose shingle that can't be seen from the ground. Just a few drops in heavy rains or from ice buildup over time will cause the wood to decay and possible mold inside the walls. If the defects are found early and repaired, it could potentially save thousands of dollars.

What safety and inspection violations do you see most often in home inspections?

I often see landscape covering the weep holes in brick veneer, which allows water to seep into the walls and basement/ crawlspace. Also, live electrical wires that are not capped or in a junction box, or improper connections that could lead to shock or electrocution. More common violations are unprotected outlets (GFI's) next to the water source, loose railing on steps and porches, decks that are improperly secured to the house or the supports and/or joist are not properly sized.

In 2007, over 8000 injuries were reported from deck failures. Uneven steps even 1/8 inch off will cause a person to trip going up the steps. Lastly, garage door safety devices not connected or improperly connected are very common.

What steps can homeowners take to resolve this issues?

A home owner should thoroughly check the house once or twice every year I would recommend early fall before the cold sets in so if repairs are needed they can be done before the freezing and in the spring before the rain. Check the chalk around window, loose or damaged siding, and shingles missing on roof, check the attic for signs of leakage. Check basement for leakage.

Home inspectors are not only for the sale or buying of the homes. Areas where the homeowner can't or even don't want to, can hirer and inspector to do partial inspection such as roofs or the crawlspace where really nobody wants to go but can tell you allot about the condition of your home.

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

If you need more information about my company, please don't hesitate to contact me:
EFS Inspection Service
Ercole (Eric) Shaw
Cell Phone: 815-557-5543
Web site:

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