As many buyers of new construction homes know, their newly constructed home is often far from perfect. In fact, as homeowners move in and begin living in their brand-new home, many new issues often appear that were not evident when the home was first constructed or purchased. Because builders know that most homes are not perfect from the beginning, they usually offer a one year builder warranty, in which they will give the homeowner up to a year to find any issues (the types of issues they will fix are usually listed up front in the warranty) and the builder will fix it, free of charge, for the homeowner. That sounds great, right? Let the builder fix their own mistakes so the homeowner does not have to pay for them. However, many homeowners fail to realize what the mistakes or issues are in the home during the first year and by the time they realize that something was not installed or constructed correctly, the one year warranty has often run out and is no longer valid.
Over the last several years we have heard Buyers of New Home Construction repeat the same couple of reasons over and over again as to why they didn’t get a Home Inspection and the truth of the matter is they were mistaken. Here’s what they think:
Reason #1: I Trust My Builder!
The reality today is that most home builders don’t even have tools and equipment. The fact is most new home builders are financiers and occasionally job site managers.
Who actually builds the new homes are the sub-contractors that the builder hires to do the work. So whether the new home is built correctly and complies with the current building code strictly depends on the knowledge and skill of the sub-contractors. And speaking candidly, the quality of the sub-contractors varies greatly. And most sub-contractors are unlicensed and unregulated, so who’s looking over their shoulder?
Reason #2: The House Is New… What Could Be Wrong?
Even though all of the parts of the house that one comes in contact with each and every day appear fine, there’s a lot more to a house than meets the layman’s eye.
Here’s the real issue; were the mechanical and structural components of the house put together properly. And truthfully, most homeowners don’t have the knowledge or skill to judge that aspect of a new home.
So here’s what happens in many cases. The homeowner goes to sell the new home sometime in the future. The buyer hires a home inspector to evaluate the property for them. And low and behold the buyer’s home inspector finds lots of things that were done improperly by the sub-contractors and now the buyer wants the homeowner to make the necessary repairs.
So here’s the long and short of the matter…
All Homeowners of Newly Constructed Homes Need An Independent Evaluation Of The Property By Their Own Professional Home Inspector To Protect Their Interests! A home inspection should be done when the homeowner purchases the home, and AGAIN before the one year builder warranty expires.
This is where builder warranty home inspections can prove to be very beneficial for the homeowner. The home inspector will come into the home, prior to the one year warranty expiration, and inspect the home for any defects. Many time home inspections uncover issues that are not noticeable yet to the homeowner, but could cost them a lot of money in the future if not fixed correctly. Many builders prefer home inspection reports to that of homeowner complaints to help them pinpoint the issue at hand.
One may not think that new homes would have many issues but that is a completely false assumption which could be very costly to the homeowner. In fact, all of these issues have been found in newly constructed homes less than one year old: Electrical Hazards, Structural Problems, HVAC Problems, Plumbing Problems, Roof Leaks, Safety Hazards and Much More.
The builder should pay for these mistakes, not the homeowner.
In short, if a homeowner has purchased a newly constructed home and is within the builder’s warranty time frame, a professional home inspection report may be the best option to save the homeowner valuable time and money on home repairs.