How Home Inspections are Different For New Construction

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Home inspections play an important role in ensuring that a home is solid enough and doesn’t have potential defects or safety hazards before a buyer seals the deal. But the most common understanding is that only “preloved” homes should be inspected. And buyers buying a newly built home would often have second thoughts if they should get their soon-to-be new home inspected. All homes (yes you heard that right), whether old or newly built need to be inspected. To know why, read on.

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Importance of a Home Inspection

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Most home buyers would immediately fall in love with a newly built home. With everything in it new and fresh, what could go wrong? Well, hard to break it to you but there’s no such thing as a “perfect” home. ALL homes have their fair share of minor or major flaws which a home inspection is set to make you aware of before it’s too late. While minor issues like cosmetic defects or missing tiles can easily be fixed, major issues may also come up like electrical, plumbing, or structural that may pose safety to future inhabitants of the house. You wouldn’t want to live in a house where there is a risk of electrical malfunctions right? If so, ensure you get that home inspected before you say the final “Yes.” 

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Common Issues Found During a Home Inspection on Newly Constructed Homes

As mentioned above, not a single home is free from flaws. If you’re lucky enough, you might be able to get a home that has no major flaws but more likely minor flaws will be found.

In existing homes, inspectors are generally looking for issues caused by the home’s age as well as the usual wear and tear. This includes but is not limited to the home’s roofing condition, HVAC function, mold, and termites. Newly constructed homes, on the other hand, are inspected to check how things were built and installed. Discovering potentials issues early on before they cause long-term problems would save you from unnecessary stress and expenses.

House construction isn’t a one-shot thing. It is constructed in phases over the course of time. There is a general construction plan that contractors follow wherein in the later part, subcontractors enter the scenario to work on specific systems like plumbing and electrical work. Due to certain conditions like weather or materials delivery time, the construction phases can get interrupted that may lead to errors.

Below are some of the most common issues being uncovered during a home inspection on a new home.

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Construction materials can be exposed to elements which can lead to damage on the end product which is the home. As there are a lot of reasons why building materials get damaged, the most common reasons are Improper handling and storage as well or unprofessional installation. The usual defective materials found during inspections are flooring, lumber, pipes, tiles, siding, and shingles.

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Even the best builders or contractors won’t be able to build a perfect home but they sure are able to create a solid one. Unfortunately, some contractors are more concerned about getting the house built the soonest possible time which usually compromises the quality of the home. So if you’re unlucky enough to choose a house that had been built in a hurry, you may be surprised by how much defects a home inspection can uncover.

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Electrical, plumbing,and HVAC are important systems inside a house. But they are usually done by subcontractors who specialize in those areas. This being the case, the builder won’t have full control over the quality of work or installation. While trustworthy and professional builders would do the due diligence on inspecting the installation after it’s done, mistakes can happen and specific things can be overlooked but a home inspector will most probably find that out.

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What to do if issues are found?

So the home inspection is done. You got your report on your hand with all the issues found. What now?

The first thing you need to do is to present the report to the builder. Your builder will most probably fix them as necessary. It would also be a nice idea to go only with a builder that offers home warranties on their products. This will give you a peace of mind that even if the inspection is done after you purchased the home, it will still be covered by the builder’s warranty.

When it comes to home inspections you can’t trust just “any” home inspector as the result of the inspection will surely have an impact on the entire home buying process. So if you’re on the market for a trusted and reliable home inspector, look no further and call Timberline Home Inspections at  (205) 545-2050.