Buyers of re-sale homes almost always have their homes inspected by a professional inspector. Buyers of new homes, however, often do not take this imperative step. There are several reasons for this:
- The buyer is getting a brand new home, and thinks that the inspection is an unnecessary added cost.
- The buyer feels that they are protected by the builder’s one-year warranty for workmanship.
- The home is inspected by city inspectors as a part of the permitting process.
- Buyers believe that they can rely on the builder’s reputation.
- The builder is resistant to the idea of third party inspections.
- Buyers are not aware that a home inspection is recommended.
- The buyer plans to “keep an eye” on the construction.
No matter the year of the home, we ALWAYS find defects.Here are the main problems we can help you avoid:
- The inconvenience of having to arrange multiple repair visits after you’ve moved in.
- Health and safety issues: finding disconnected flue pipes filling the home with carbon monoxide or finding electrical wires left cut or unsecured, which are fire hazards.
- Costly long term damage including small items that lead to long term home issues.
- Elevated levels of radon that are known to cause lung-cancer.
- These items left unaddressed become your health and safety issue, and your expense to fix!
- We’ve found hundreds of items that have been missed by builders and by city inspectors.
So the small fee for an inspection will pay for itself many times over in saved time, money, and peace of mind.
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Most builders invite the homeowner to do a walk through after framing, HVAC and plumbing rough-in, and electrical wiring are complete. This is a good time to look at your outlet locations and window and door placements. Make sure that any changes in the plans have been picked up and made by the sub contractors.
While you check for layout items, your home inspector can look closely at the construction. His report might include: broken plumbing lines, improper flashing, cut or bowed studs, inadequate bracing, beams that over-span their strength, AC ducts that are crushed, etc. These items are easy to correct at this point, before sheetrock and finish materials are installed.
It is not realistic to expect the construction to check out perfectly. Every builder in every price range will have some items to correct, both from the city and the third party inspector. Let your builder know that you will provide him with the report immediately, so that he can address the items before the walls are closed up.