Knowing that everything has been inspected and any concerns are documented in a full Home Inspection Report, is the most important thing. Why would you take a chance on buying a new home without having a home inspector look at it and provide you with a full report? There are plenty of reasons to have a newly constructed home inspected by a Certified Home Inspector. Getting a new home checked, makes as much sense if not more than getting an older house examined. Someone has lived in a house that is 3 or 4 years old, especially if it has been taken care of will be in good condition because most problems have already been repaired. After you read this article, you will be able to decide if you want your new home inspected or not.
Building a New Home
Building a new home has many phases to it, and each stage has a different group of people performing each task or installing various types of equipment. Add to that the number of homes being built in one subdivision at a time and it can be robust for a builder to manage, which makes it nearly impossible for the builder to build a home without having defects.
When you choose to move to a new home, the appliances and fixtures have not been used. Most bathtubs, showers or whirlpool tubs have never been full of water or the drains checked for leaks. Insignificant defects that were missed during construction or water leaks that were not discovered can turn into severe concerns in a short period.
Most builders will gladly supply a one-year builders warranty, what this means; the builder will be responsible for most common problems discovered with the home. Contractors will usually work with you to take care of any concerns because they get a lot of referrals by taking care of their customers.
Here is something else you must pay attention to; The contractor is only responsible for the repairs for one year, if you have a home inspection when the house is new you will be provided with a punch list for the builder to follow and make all the necessary repairs found during the inspection. These items which are only a few of the many found after the builder notified the home buyers of the home are complete, and they were ready for their final walk-through. By the way, it is recommended the Home Inspection be done 1 or 2 days before the final walk-through. Here are some of the things a home inspector will be looking for;
No Insulation in the Attic
Imagine an inspector opening up the scuttle hole opening and found no insulation in the attic. A lot of people never go into their attic space so without the inspection this may not have been discovered for years.
Two of the upstairs toilets plumbed into the hot water lines. Hot water, which cost the homeowner money to heat, runs into the toilet tank after it has been flushed only to sit there and cool before the next flush. Now that’s a big waste of money. It is very common to find Hot and Cold water lines reversed at sinks, tubs, and showers in newly built homes.
Another common find in new homes is notched rafters which are part of the roof structure.
An inspector found a home where six consecutive rafters were notched where the only ¼ of the wood remained in the webbing. They were notched for the refrigerant lines that could have been routed many different ways. More than likely the Heating and Air Conditioning company that installed the air handlers in the attic notched them not realizing they were interfering with the weight load of the roof.
No GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) protection in Kitchen.
This is another common problem associated with a new home, and the only a New Home Inspector can be able to detect. Finding problems up front and having them repaired before the new homeowner moves in. If defective artistry is discovered before the new home is occupied the builder will make repairs without question. Have all of the items that got damaged during construction repaired by the home builder. There are a lot more about new home defects but just this small list of flaws, a person should have a better answer to the question. should I get a home inspection on new construction?
If you are a Real Estate Agent and you have clients buying a new home, print out this article and let them read it. It may help them to decide if they need an inspection or not on a newly constructed Home.
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