Should you Get a New Home Inspection?

New construction inspectionIt’s exciting to be the first one to move into a newly built home. Everything is completely new, without a single scuff or chip from any last owner, and it still has that new-house smell. But don’t sign that paperwork yet… not without a proper inspection first.

It seems like a pointless procedure, considering no one has had the chance yet to cause damage to the property. However, there’s no such thing as a perfect house. Having someone give it a last checkup could end up saving you thousands, and here’s why.

Mistakes happen

Especially when building a new house up from the ground, there’s ample room for human error.

Contractors have strict timelines to adhere to, and often won’t take the extra time or care to make sure the job looks perfect. This results in sloppy and incomplete workmanship you may not be able to see on the outside. Furthermore, you won’t be able to tell if the construction team missed an entire element altogether, such as forgetting to install insulation in the attic.

The elements also work against building efforts. Rain and snow can damage the interior structure before it’s closed up that could go unnoticed for months or years.

If you find these errors early, you won’t find yourself cleaning up someone else’s mess down the line.

Building codes don’t hold the same standards as home inspectors

Even if your new home meets all the building regulations, that doesn’t always mean it’s up to par for living standards.

Building inspections only check for code violations. The construction team has to make sure that their part of the work was completed under their own trade’s minimum guidelines. They’re not required to ensure the work is above what’s required.

There’s also the chance that they could damage another previously approved piece of work on the house while they’re working on their job, and not know it. One home inspector explained how he once checked the crawl space beneath a house and saw that someone removed a few feet of the main support beam to accommodate duct work.

Don’t assume the construction team is looking out for your best interest. But you can be assured that a home inspector is.

Better resale value

Unless you plan to live in your home forever, you’ll eventually have to put it on the market. When you find a prospective buyer, they’ll hire their own home inspector. If he finds a defect from when you first bought the house years ago, guess who’s left holding the ball? When the would-be buyers find out, their new offer will probably drop.

If you find the home’s initial problems right from the get-go (remember, there’s no such thing as a perfect house), you can ensure the issues are fixed in a timely manner without hurting the home’s price tag.

When buying a house new, you have assets that older-home buyers don’t get, such as oversight of construction and a one-year warranty. Use both of these to your advantage.

It’s wise to get two home inspections done – one before the sheetrock goes up and the second once the house is complete. Your inspector will be able to make sure everything is running smooth while there’s still time to fix loose ends. Additionally, if you hire the same person twice, they’ll already be familiar with the house and be that much more equipped to spot anything unusual.

You should also get another inspection a month before your move-in anniversary if your house came with a one-year warranty. Should problems arise later on, such as mold that was dormant in the winter during your first inspection but not summer, there’s still time to get the issues solved without having to pay out of your own pocket.
A home inspector is your last line of defense before you move in. You always have the option to hire one when buying a new home; err on the side of caution every time.

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