Educating New Home Buyers, One Inspection at a Time

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    Are you asking yourself, should I have an inspection on my newly built home? Hasn’t it already been inspected?   The answer is yes, you should. 

    No one can build something as large and complex as a house without committing a few mistakes at various stages of the process. After years of inspecting, I have seen that all new homes have their defects of one kind or another, regardless of the quality of construction or the reputation of the builder.

    Many homebuyers feel that they do not need a professional home inspector because local building inspectors inspect new homes. A municipal inspection is not enough; the purpose, scope, time allowed and procedures are not the same for municipal inspections as they are for professional home inspections. Think of it this way, after the holidays there are lines at the return counter to replace defective products. When applied to new homes, thinking that new equals perfect can lead to very costly mistakes.

    Most municipal inspectors will visit 20 or more homes in one day. That leaves them with less than ½ an hour per site. They rarely check crawl spaces or attics. Many of these inspections are performed before the power and other utilities are turned on. They do not test outlets, appliances or fixtures. They do not test the HVAC systems or water heaters.

    They can cite a builder for improper structural framing or for non-complying drain connections, but a poorly fitted door, improper installation of components, unprofessional installation of wiring, an uneven tile countertop and shoddy finish work are not on their list of concerns. 

Typical list of new construction defects:

  • Leaking plumbing supply and waste lines
  • Missing GFCI outlets in required locations
  • Non-functional HVAC systems
  • Windows broken or not operating properly
  • Cut or damaged trusses
  • Drains clogged with construction debris
  • Leaking condensation from furnace or air handler
  • Reversed connections at water heater
  • Missing insulation in attic
  • Water damage in the attic and basement
    A professional inspection of your new home is imperative. You will receive an unbiased inspection report, with a list of defects and recommended repairs. This will allow for repairs to be made to your satisfaction, prior to closing.

    Some builders impose restrictions on owners having an independent inspection prior to closing. Make sure you check your contract. If it is not allowed, you should schedule your inspection as soon as possible after closing. This will allow you to have any defects discovered during the inspection repaired prior to the end of your warranty period.

    Let me help you avoid the unexpected by providing a complete and thorough inspection and report, complete with photographs. 

Our 500 Point Inspection Includes:

  • Exterior: Foundation, Siding, Patios, Driveway, Sidewalks, Garage, Porches & Decks
  • Roofing: Shingles, Gutters, Down Spouts, Flashing, Roof Vents, Chimneys and Flues
  • Attic: Insulation, Ventilation, Interior Framing
  • Electrical: Service Capacity, Service Panels, Interior Wiring, Switches & Outlets
  • Heating: Condition and Age, Distribution Pipes & Ducts, Radiators, Thermostats
  • Cooling: Condition and Age, Compressor & Condenser Coils & Filters
  • Plumbing: Supply Lines, Interior Piping, Pressure, Drains, Fixtures, Water Heater
  • Basement: Foundation Walls, Joists, Posts, Beams and Flooring
  • Interior: Walls, Floors, Ceilings, Stairs, Bathrooms
  • Kitchen: Appliances, Cabinets, Exhaust Fan, Floor Covering
My only interest in the home buying process, is the best interest of my clients. Do not forgo the benefits of a comprehensive home inspection performed by an unbiasedthird party.

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