It's a common misconception buyer have that when you are buying a New Construction home, you don’t need to have a Home Inspection. Some may look at it as a report that provides valuable insights into their property’s construction, as well as the chance to prevent costly repairs on the home later on down the line.
For others, a new home inspection may seem like just an extra cost to an already expensive home. However, very few buyers seem to have the right knowledge and education regarding the Home Inspection process and why it is important.
In my experience selling Real Estate for 5 years, I have gathered some findings that I have discussed below and a lot of workmanship mistakes that were made during new home construction that would have cost my buyers way more money down the line had they not had the home inspected.
When building a new home there are multiple contractors working on the home at the same time. It is a complex process involving taking into consideration building codes and safety. Even with the most skilled workers, workmanship errors are inevitable and can only be detected when examined by a licensed professional.
Here are some common issues found in new homes
Structural defects, like foundation cracks, improper grading and drainage, and poor framing including missing screws and nails, improper support, code defects, etc.
Masonry or stucco issues such as lack of weep holes, improper installation, etc
Drainage and grading issues, which could cause water and structural damage later on
Window leaks or incorrectly installed windows and flashing
HVAC issues, including malfunctioning thermostats and loose connections, differential temperatures
Electrical problems, such as improperly wired outlets and missing switch plates
Plumbing issues, including reversed hot/cold in faucets, improper piping, leaks, and more
Roofing and Gutter issues: Exposed nails, damaged shingles, incorrectly installed gutters.
How many Home Inspections do you need?
The International Association of Certified Home Inspectors recommends you have two or three inspections on the property.
The first inspection is called a “pre-pour” inspection and occurs just before the foundation is poured into the home. This one ensures the site has been excavated and graded properly, that anchors and footing are adequately spaced and in place, and that the stage is set for a strong and long-lasting home. In the event the inspector finds issues on this go-around, it allows the builder to make adjustments before pouring the foundation.
The second inspection is the framing or “pre-drywall or sheetrock” inspection. This one happens after the entire frame has been built, the roof is on and the windows are installed, but before the sheetrock and walls are put up. This is when the inspector makes sure the beams, posts, studs, and other structural components are installed properly, as well as checks things like the wiring, plumbing, window flashing, and other components that are generally hidden behind the wall.
If any issues/ defects crop up on this inspection, your builder can fix them before going further with the project. The final inspection is the one you would have upon completion of the home the one that ensures the home is safe for occupancy and has been finished per local code and building standards. All of the findings from the inspection should be remedied by the builder prior to closing.
I can't insist enough on how imperative it is to get an inspection on New Home. The initial investment you make to make sure your home is built correctly goes a long way in saving you repair costs in the long run not to mention the fact that those repairs can build up over time and hurt you during resale as well. If you need recommendations on Certified Inspectors please feel free to reach out to us.