Home Inspections for New Construction

Home Inspections for New Construction

When you buy a house, one of the first things that any realtor worth their salt will tell you is that you need to get a home inspection. And, that’s a good idea. Inspectors are generally licensed by the state to assess what is wrong about a home. They can tell you the life left in a shingle roof, if the windows leak, if the electrical wiring is up to code and whether or not the water flow is sufficient. All good things to know before you invest hundreds of thousands of dollars into buying a home.

With new construction, most people skip this $300 step and their realtors don’t really say much. Why? It’s a small investment for such a big purchase and, if you claim you need the money for the down payment or closing costs, then you are cutting things too close as it is. Here are a few stories as to why you should get an inspection with a new construction home.

1.   My friend, Amy, bought a newly built house in Florida where, during the first hurricane of the season, the rain sprayed right into her house – THROUGH the walls. It turns out that the siding guy was rushing along the framing guy and there was no plywood or sheathing of any kind outside her dining room. Nice.

2.   A subdivision down the street from mine, that shall remain nameless, found out a few months after the builder left that all the wood used was infested with termites. Gross! Now, the problem is that no one can sell to save their life.

3.   In areas with basements, radon exists. It really doesn’t matter to the radon if your house is brand spanking new or 30 years old. 

A home inspection would have solved these problems in advance and would have avoided a lot of headaches.