Make Sure Your New Home Meets the Standards You Expect from the Contractor You Hired!
Having decades of experience in the building industry, you would be surprised at what is accepted even by reputable builders. A brand-new home doesn't necessarily mean well built. People make mistakes and sometimes they don't get caught in time. When you buy a new construction home without an inspection, you're placing yourself at the mercy of the people who built it. A new construction inspection allows you to catch construction issues early, before they become major problems down the road.
Common Issues for New Construction Houses
While there are countless opportunities for mistakes to occur during construction, there are a number of issues that pop up more frequently than others. Here are just a few examples:
- Non-functioning electrical outlets and switches
- Non-functioning or improperly installed appliances
- Improperly installed roofing
- Improper grading (ground slopes towards the house)
- Improper installation of exhaust pipes
- Poor insulation
- Plumbing leaks
- Unsealed windows and doors
Protect Your Investment
It is uncommon to find minor issues with a newly constructed home. However, occasionally a brand-new home can turn out to be an absolute nightmare, despite looking perfectly fine on the surface. Some issues such as leaks, or improper grading may not become apparent until well after the warranty has expired. If you choose not to get a new construction inspection, make it in your best interest to get an 11-month inspection just before the one-year warranty expires through the builder!