New Home Construction
Making sure newly built homes meet the highest construction standards
Many buyers do not think about inspecting a newly built home, but we recommend an inspection. New construction has the potential for problems just like pre-owned homes. We perform new construction inspections after completion of construction, prior to the final walk-through with the builder. It is always a good idea to verify that utilities (gas, water, and electric) have been turned on — either by the owners or the builder.
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. After the inspection, we’ll email a complete report.
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 and have settled correctly. We email a detailed report of the inspection along with relevant photos.
Answers to often-asked questions about inspections on newly consutructed homes.
Why is it important to get a new home inspection?
Just because a home is new, that doesn’t mean it was built well. Developers often work quickly and cut corners. 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. We want to ensure the buyer understands the condition of the property and whether the inspector has any concerns. That process is the same on any home.
What does one do with a home inspection report?
The report is a negotiating tool. The buyer can use the report to compel the builder to perform the necessary repairs.
Doesn’t the building inspector ensure the home is well built?
Not necessarily. A county or city building inspector is only concerned with whether the construction met relevant building codes. That is not the same as ensuring the roof doesn’t leak.
Will a new home inspection help me eventually sell the home?
Yes. A homeowner will have identified problems with the home and can make the improvements before the home is resold.