It’s important to get a new home inspection, despite your confidence in your builder. All homes have defects, even brand-new construction. Make sure you are aware of these mistakes before your house is finished and you’ve moved in. Buyers of re-sale homes almost always have their homes inspected by a professional inspector. Enlisting building inspectors for new homes is an imperative step that is often overlooked by those moving into a newly constructed house.
There are several reasons for this:
- The buyer is having a brand-new home built and thinks that having an 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.
Some problems that hiring a building inspector for new homes can help you avoid:
- The inconvenience of having to arrange multiple repair visits after you’ve moved in.
- Health & 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.