Home Inspections on New Construction
So you've picked out your floor plan and lot. Now your new home is almost ready to move into. But wait, have you scheduled your home inspection? Many home buyers aren't aware of the need to have an inspection even on new construction houses. The truth is that even brand new homes can have defects that only a professional home inspector can uncover.
You say won't the builder do inspections all along the building process? And doesn't the county or city have to inspect as well? Yes and Yes. However they have other goals other than protecting you as the home buyer. The builder's primary concerns are cost and profitability. In this effort they can rush and miss some details that will later cost you money. And the city or county inspectors will be looking to see that the work was done to code. And the code is really minimal standards.
Some of the defects we see are missing or raised shingles on the roof, inadequate or missing sealant for door frames, windows and vents, broken trusses in roof, poor drainage with landscaping, electricity issues, improperly installed duct work and plumbing issues.
The cost of repair to any of these items make the cost of the inspection well worth the money. So as a realtor I always advise my home buying new construction buyers to get the home inspection. And you will have the satisfaction of knowing that your perfect new home is indeed perfect!
Debbie Dove, Agent Owned Real Estate 843-633-3315