Home Inspection? It's A New House Why Do I Need A Home Inspection?
As Realtors especially dealing with new home construction this is a question we come up against more often than not. Most buyers see the need for a home inspection when buying an existing home, but many others purchasing new construction feel they are wasting money hiring a home inspector particularly when many builders offer 2-10 warranties and the builder will also do a pre-closing punch list walk through for any visible or found defects....so why have new construction inspected?
From personal experience I can tell you that a home inspector is going to find things that a formal walk through with the builder will not reveal. I cannot think of one instance that the home inspector I like to use has not found something that wouldn't have been noted during a builder punch list walk through. You might think this would happen in homes in lower price brackets or with less than average builders, but my home inspector has found issues with new homes well above the $500,000 price point involving highly respected builders. Look at it this way, it's not just one person building your dream home. There are several trades involved and several more workers. Everyone is human and mistakes are made, maybe something was not finished before a lunch break and forgotten about, perhaps a new guy on the job is not familiar with the builders schedule, maybe material was on back order and other work scheduled around it's delivery, but was never installed. Open wiring in crawl spaces and basements, problem foundations, HVAC duct work that was never connected to its intended floor or ceiling vent, appliances that don't operate properly, improper roof installation, electrical system/circuit issues. The list is long and too important for you not to hire someone on your behalf to make sure you get what you think you are paying for.
Home inspectors fees are often dependant on square feet and or the difficulty of the job, but for a few hundred dollars a home inspector will provide you with a better than fair margin of security that the home you are investing in is a good buy.
I have absolutely no financial relationship with any of the service providers that I recommend to my clients. Whether home inspectors, mortgage professional, or home cleaning services. I recommend these vendors because they are professionals that share the same work ethic that I do and I trust them.
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