Buying a new home is a very exciting experience with the opportunity to go to a design center and select all the various tile, paint, granite, doors, appliances, and numerous other selections that will go into your home. With all the time and excitement of picking out your dream home, you should also consider having the home inspected by an experienced and licensed professional home inspector. There are various reasons why you should always have your new build home inspected. It does not matter if the home was built by David Weekley or D.R. Horton, you should always have your own third-party inspector come in and conduct a full home inspection. From my experience, both as a construction manager and a professional home inspector, I have found some of the worst issues in homes when dealing with new build residential construction. The term “new” makes buyers assume the home is 100% done, clean, and without issues, this is simply not true.
Here are some reasons on why you should have your new home inspected.
1.) NEW CONSTRUCTION DOES NOT MEAN IT WAS BUILT CORRECTLY, REGARDLESS OF THE BUILDERS THIRD PARTY INSPECTIONS.
Builders always like to say you don’t need to have an inspector come out and waste your money, because they have their own third-party inspections performed throughout the build process. Although this is true about having third party inspections, but from my experience these so-called inspectors, lack the training or understanding of how crucial it is to catch these issues earlier rather than later. At the end of the day, it’s not their house or their clients house, and they really do not care about doing the best job if it requires more work.
2.) YOUR BUILDER CAN NOT CATCH EVERYTHING.
Builders have several trades and vendors going in and out of the home throughout the construction process. They have one mission when they show up to a construction site for work, and that’s to get “their” job done. That sometimes means destroying, damaging, or compromising other vendors work to get your job completed. The builder must be thirty places at once to be able to catch every issue and monitor every trades work before it is covered up That is just unrealistic to assume one man can do this, but it does not stop the builder from slowing down. That is why we highly encourage you to have your home inspected (phase inspections) throughout the build process. This allows for the home to be inspected before these areas are covered up and issues might not arise until five, ten, or even 20 years down the road. If you decide to buy a new home but the construction is past the foundation and frame, it is always a good idea to get at least a final inspection before you close.
3.) MUNICIPAL OR CITY INSPECTIONS ARE NOT THE SAME AS A HOME INSPECTION.
Depending on where your new home is being built, your home might be subject to other inspections by your local authorities to make sure the builder is complying with all local restrictions and codes. Building codes are minimum standards that must be present for all new residential homes. These municipal building inspectors are doing their best to catch all infractions and violations, but due to factors beyond their control, these basic inspections are simply not enough to assure a buyer their home is being built correctly.
4.) FINDING PROBLEMS AND HAVING THEM FIXED BEFORE YOU MOVE IN
You will not have to deal with dust, noise, or the headache of having to call into work and stay home so you can allow different vendors/trades into your new home. Finding the problems before you move in is always going to make the transition easier. The worst thing is when you find an issue after you close and then must have the warranty department come out and make the repairs. This wastes time and money and can usually be taken care of before you move in. Getting a home inspection on a new build can save you a tremendous amount of stress and get your home in the best possible shape before you move in.
5.) IT MATTERS AT RE-SALE
When you decide to sell your formerly new home, the buyer will most likely have a home inspection performed. Deficiencies that date back to the original construction could possibly be discovered even if you never knew they existed. At this point, it is most likely to late to get the builder and the warranty team involved. You now own these issue and problems and the cost will come out of your pocket.
The good news from all of this, is that hiring a professional licensed home inspector to inspect your new home can pay for itself and leave you with peace of mind when starting your next adventure in your new home.