New Home Inspections
Making sure new construction meets the highest construction standards
Many new homebuyers do not think about an inspection, but we recommend one. New construction has the potential for problems just like a pre-owned home. New construction inspections are performed after completion of construction, but prior to the final walk through with the builder. It is always a good idea to verify with the builder that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on for the inspection.
The inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before the final walk through with the builder, ensuring that most, if not all, of the last-minute items have been completed prior to inspection. At the conclusion of the inspection, a completed report will be emailed.
New Construction Warranty Expiration Inspections
New construction warranty inspections are performed during the 11th month of a builder’s one-year warranty. The inspection is performed to verify that proper building techniques were used, and that the various components of the home were properly installed. Any defects in the home that are revealed in the first 11 months are noted in the report. The owner is emailed the detailed report with relevant photos to present to the builder when needed.
Why is it important to get a new home inspection?
Just because a home is new, doesn’t mean it was built well. Developers often work quickly and corners can be unintentionally cut. A homebuyer must make sure the builder spent the necessary time and used the proper materials to make the home last.
Is a new home inspection performed differently?
In general, no. We provide the same level of attention to detail as an inspection on a pre-owned home but Award holds a special certification, which is required in the state of Virginia, for these types of inspections (NRS). We want to ensure the buyer understands the condition of the new property, like any other home.
What does someone do with a home inspection report?
In many cases, the buyer forwards the whole report to the builder. The report will include a list of concerns to be addressed before closing.
Doesn’t the building inspector ensure the home is well built?
No. A county or city building inspector is only concerned with whether the construction meets relevant building codes. That is not the same as ensuring the roof doesn’t leak or all the systems function properly.
Will a new home inspection help me sell the home?
Yes. A homeowner will have identified problems with the home and can make the improvements before the home is resold.