One of the biggest questions I hear from home buyers is why do I need a home inspection on my new construction home? Shouldn’t everything be perfect when I move into the new home? I wish I could answer with yes, everything will be perfect when you move into your new home, but I know that in many cases, that just isn’t the reality. Unfortunately, when many people move into their new home they find items that are not working correctly, safety issues and defects that went unnoticed by their builder. Many of these issues can and should be corrected by the builder. However, you want those issues identified BEFORE you move into your new beautiful home, so you do not have to deal with the headache that comes with correcting the errors after you are already moved into your home.
If you aren’t convinced of the need for a home inspection on your new construction home, let me give you FIVE reasons why a home inspection may actually save you time and money if done prior to your final purchase.
- A home inspector will give you an unbiased report of all aspects of your new home. A good home inspector will have no financial ties to the completion of your new home and will give you a unbiased look at the features of your new home.
- There are problems with new construction that go unnoticed. Many hands and companies are involved in the construction of your new home…from subcontractors and their employers, electricians, plumbers, etc. Each one of these subcontractors have a job to do on their section of the house and do not pay attention to what the other subcontractors are doing. That being said, mistakes can happen and go unnoticed with so many different people doing distinct jobs. Even the best of builders can miss something, and these mistakes can lead to big problems. For example, a small leak over time could lead to rotten wood, mold issues or structural damage, causing you the homeowner a lot of money down the road. Some of the items I have found in newly constructed homes include the following:
- HVAC problems
- Electrical issues
- Plumbing defects
- Roof leaks
- Mold in the crawlspace
- A building inspection by a county inspector is NOT the same as hiring a private home inspector to inspect the house. A building inspector’s job is to make sure the house is up to code standards but is only looking for the minimal standards described in the housing industry. Home inspectors use a much more comprehensive approach and adhere to a complete different set of standards for the home inspection industry. In addition, each state has specific standards that a home inspector must follow.
- A home inspection done prior to the closing of your home will identify any potential issues prior to you moving into your home. Many times, a builder will fix the issues that are found in a home after closing. However, the timeline for fixing the problems are now on the builder’s schedule and not yours. You will now have to schedule a time to be at home for work to be be done on the home (which can often take weeks and even months to complete) and you may have to live in a potential construction zone. None of these conditions are ideal for a new homeowner in their brand new dreamhouse!
- Safety issues could be found. Unfortunately, some of the items that may be missed by the contractors and builders could be on items that are safety hazards in the home. An example of a safety issue would be a gas leak or a fire alarm not correctly installed. Hiring a home inspector prior to closing on your new home will give you peace of mind that your home is safe for your family to live in.
Moving into your dream home should be a memorable and exciting time for you and your family. Having a home inspection on your new home prior to purchasing is just another way to ensure a successful transition to your new home!