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Common Defects Found During Home Inspections: An Interview with Kory Scholze of Scholze Home Inspections

By Kory Scholze

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

We are a home inspection company founded in 2010. We offer home inspections for buyers and sellers, commercial property inspections, rental weatherization inspections, and radon testing. We currently have two inspectors, and we are in the process of adding a third. We service Wisconsin and SE MN.

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

One of the most common defects is the improperly wired outlet, open ground, or reverse polarity.

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

The one thing I caution most home buyers on when looking at a suspect or aging roof is that if you wait until you know the roof is leaking, it probably has been leaking for a while and has caused more damage than what is easily visible.

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

Open ground outlets are very common in older homes; in very old homes, it is common to find some very old wiring (knob and Tube). In most newer homes, we expect to find everything installed correctly. But when homeowners decide to do there own electrical work, we can often find a variety of problems and safety hazards in new homes as well.

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

The most expensive defects will often be foundation and structural problems.

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

With every report we ask our clients to read the whole report and call or email us with any questions and to go over the report with their realtor as well.

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

Anyone can contact Scholze Home Inspections by phone 608-769-3292 or by email kory.scholze@hotmail.com.

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