A home inspector weighs in on lousy lumber, faulty flashing and other new-construction woes

Tom Corbett In New Homes Magazine‘s May issue, home inspector Tom Corbett of Tomacor, Inc. shares his recent experiences inspecting properties on Chicago’s mid South Side:

Chicago’s Bronzeville neighborhood has a rich cultural history and some wonderful housing stock. The quality of new construction is good overall, but an immense number of units have been constructed or rehabbed there in recent years. My growing number of visits to the area has revealed some of the recurring problems that I see at developments in other neighborhoods.

I recently inspected several multi-unit projects in Bronzeville, most between 39th and 51st streets, from King Drive to Drexel Boulevard. In the process, I looked at about 40 units, performing detailed inspections on about 10 of them. I also did a thorough analysis of the common areas.

Many of the problems I found are more cosmetic than structural, but they all cost money to fix. If you’re in the market for new construction in Bronzeville — or any Chicago neighborhood — it’s worth keeping your eyes open for the following defects. Read more.

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