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Common Defects Found During Home Inspections: An Interview with of John Hurst of Suffolk Property Appraisers

By John Hurst

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

I started home inspections in 2010. This seemed to be a natural course because of my construction background. I also was involved in some Real Estate flips in which my expertise was required. As a direct result of this I did in fact become aware of some of the tricks that others were using in order to finish their homes. Some of the methods I did not agree with and that is why I decided to obtain my New York State Inspectors License. For some this is their first major purchase and I wanted to try to help the new homeowners to avoids some of the nightmares that are sometimes associated when purchasing a home.

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

There are several common problems found during a home inspection. Probably the biggest offender and perhaps the easiest to repair would be leaders and gutters. Their function is to channel the rainwater away from the house and foundation. Most common would be clogged gutters. This is very bad as the water would have nowhere to go other than the soffits and roof of the home. This is bad because if it continues over time wood can rot, become insect infested or become a breeding ground for mold. Another common defect found would be electrical sockets located in kitchens, bathrooms and outdoor sockets. Additionally if the water is not routed away fron the foundation it can increase the risk of water in the basement. As I am also looking for safety issues handrails for steps and stairs. Proper electrical. I do like to see what is known as a Ground Fault Interrupter Outlet (GFI) in any wet location. It is very common for not to have them in older homes. These are just some of the concerns that face the home buyer and it is my job to find as many as possible so they can make the best possible decision.

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

When the inspection is completed a report is then generated. The new way is by email. This makes sending the report easy and simple and can save hours of waiting for the report to arrive. Once in receipt of the report I do encourage my clients to contact me with any questions that they may have.

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

Anyone looking to purchase a home should feel free to contact me with any questions about the service that I do offer.

I am readily available

Phone (631) 392-8710 (631) 804-8710 phone or text

Email john@suffolkpropertyinspector.com


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