Congratulations, your new home has just finished construction and you’re ready to move in, right? Well maybe not! Your house might be new, but it still needs an inspection. It is easy to think that a new home means a perfect home, but that is not the case. There may not be wear and damage that naturally occurs in any home over time, but there are unique factors of a newly built home that should be inspected before moving in.
- Condition of Materials
- New construction can take longer than originally projected. Schedules get delayed and materials end up sitting around exposed to the elements for longer than intended, causing moisture damage and other concerns.
- Missing Elements
- It’s not uncommon that contractors and crews forget to add that missing pipe cover or those extra screws at the top of the stairs. While old homes are less likely to have missing parts, it’s important to check for these kinds of small mistakes when doing an inspection on new construction.
- Multiple Supervisors
- Every new home will also have new heating, electrical and HVAC systems that are likely installed by an outsourced hand. For this reason, errors in installation can often be overlooked because of the long chain of command. A contractor can’t stand over the project every minute, and we don’t expect them to. Regardless, any new system should always be double checked by a home inspector as problems here can lead to much greater issued throughout the home.
- Many new homes will come with a 1-year builders’ warranty. An inspection can create a ‘punch list’ for the contractor to repair before closing.
At the end of the day, it’s better to be safe than sorry. We want to trust that our builders and contractors have done everything perfectly, but we know that everyone makes mistakes. Without a home inspection, there could be any number of issues with a house, even a brand-new house, that will eventually create a bigger problem costing you time and money to resolve.