You might think with a newly constructed home, that there’s no reason for you to get it inspected by a professional home inspector. However, it’s important to keep in mind that in many counties, the government inspectors are busy and do not have time to carefully look at all aspects of the new home. Even the best builders occasionally may make a mistake or miss something and the best time to catch a mistake is before you complete the purchase of the home, even if the builder is offering you a warranty. Scheduling a new construction home inspection is a great way to prevent costly repairs later on down the line.
With new construction, a municipal building inspector will come out and inspect the home. However, they’re not looking for the same thing that home inspectors are looking for. They’re looking to ensure that everything is compliant with the building code. Having a home inspector come in to take a look at everything helps detect any underlying issues with the home. Although getting a new construction inspection can be skipped, at Jones Warren we recommend getting an inspector to come check everything out both before the drywall is installed and after when the home is complete. This allows for the home inspector to double check that the insulation, beams, and home systems are in good shape before the builder moves forward. After construction is completed and before you do your final walk through, schedule a time with your inspector to come back out and take a look to make sure there are no other issues.
While it would seem that newly constructed homes would be free of issues or problems, that is not always the case. There are a few common underlying issues that could arise with newly built homes. Some of the most common include: foundation cracks, poor framing, issues with drainage, window leaks, problems with the HVAC, electrical problems, plumbing issues, and more. Once found, the builder can go back in and fix these problems before you even start moving in!
Not only is getting an inspection done before moving in helpful, it will end up making a difference if you go to sell your home later down the line. If there are issues with the home that date back to construction, they are no longer the builder’s responsibility, they belong to the homeowner. Getting these areas fixed before selling can cost you more in the long run. The issues found during the new construction inspection may not have become apparent as a homebuyer until well after the builder's warranty was over and could end up costing thousands to fix. Don't get stuck footing the bill for your Builder's mistakes.
Are you planning on buying your newly constructed dream home? Schedule your new construction inspection today!