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Common Defects Found During Home Inspections: An Interview with Dean Gross of 4 State Home Inspections

By Dean Gross

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

With a Master's Plumber's License in the state of Maryland and 30+ years experience in the construction industry including plumbing, heating & air conditioning, our experience can help with the buying or selling of a home.

Services offered:

  • Pre-purchase Inspections
  • Mold Inspections
  • Radon Inspections
  • Septic Tank Inspections
  • Well Water Inspections
  • Home Energy Reports
  • New Construction Inspections
  • Pre-Warranty Expiration Inspections
  • Investor Property Inspections
  • Pre-Listing Inspections

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

Exposed electrical wiring, open junction boxes

Shingles Missing, shingles deteriorating

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

They should have a visual inspection of the roof, as its hard to inspect the roof from the ground. Also need to know the age of the roof.

How common are electrical hazards in older homes? What about in newer homes?

Electrical hazards are more common in older homes than in newer homes, for the simple reason that things wear out over time.

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

  • Roof
  • Appliances not working
  • Water heaters and furnaces that are close to expiration
  • Heating and cooling systems

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

Negotiate with sellers to see if problems will be fixed or if there will be an allowance for the defects

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

phone - 301-991-0022 call or text

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