It’s important to get your new home inspected, 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. Buyers of new homes, however, often do not take this imperative step.
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 we 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.