3 Reasons to Get a Home Inspection on a New Build
Don’t skip the home inspection even on a new home
There’s nothing more exciting than buying a brand-new home.
Instead of a pre-existing home that might need extensive renovations, a new home is built to fit your lifestyle and design preferences. Everything is designed for you in mind.
Homeowners of a new build are often convinced they can save money and bypass a home inspection. After all, purchasing a new build is not cheap!
But avoiding the home inspection on a new build can have consequences later.
Here are three reasons why every homeowner of a new build should get a home inspection.
Preferably, two home inspections. Yes, you read that right, two. Here’s why.
It’s a new build, but it’s not perfect
Even a new home is not perfect. Construction occurs over months. During this time, subcontractors come in and out, juggling many projects at once. Not surprisingly, builders and subcontractors can miss a few things.
What kind of things? Home inspectors cite issues like loose plumbing or improperly wired electrical connections. They might uncover a big problem like defective stucco, which, if installed improperly, can result in moisture issues and rot. And many times, home inspectors notice projects that never got finished.
Home inspectors can save new build homeowners from future costs and inconveniences. The rate of success saving money for homeowners doubles when home inspectors inspect once during construction and once at the very end of the build before the homeowners move in.
Pre-dry wall inspections catch errors
For new builds, there’s this thing called a pre-drywall inspection.
Imagine walking through your bare-bone home. Nothing is there besides the framing, the electrical, the plumbing, and the insulation. You will have the chance to walk through with the builder, and this is the perfect opportunity to bring in a home inspector.
In a normal home inspection, home inspectors are limited by what they can visually observe in your home. How cool would it be to have a home inspector be able to see the insides of your home to make sure everything is up to standard?
That is what the pre-drywall inspection is. A skilled home inspector acts as a second pair of eyes to ensure the quality of the home construction. Home inspectors can check that subcontractors have met all building code regulations for the state.
A pre-drywall inspection is anticipating and mitigating problems before they become an issue for you, the homebuyer. A knowledgeable home inspector is your advocate and can help you raise concerns for the builder to solve.
New build home inspections make your home move-in ready
You are on the final walk-through of your new home. Unbeknownst to you, the refrigerator was not installed right, and the siding was backward! And you do not figure that out until you have already moved in.
That’s avoidable with a home inspection. In a new build home inspection, the inspector can get down to the nitty-gritty to make sure the new home is move-in ready.
Unlike purchasing a pre-built home, where buyers negotiate with sellers on repairs and credits, the homeowner of the new build can have the builder fix the issue, big or small. They can create a wish list of fixing sockets, reinstalling appliances, or any other tasks that need completing.
Home inspections ensure that new homeowners are getting every last cent they paid for in their new build.
So, why not get a new build home inspection?
The most cited reason new homeowners skip the home inspection is cost. They have just stretched their budget to get into a brand-new home. Spending one more cent is too much, much less $300-600.
If you’re thinking of buying a new build, don’t forget to budget for the home inspections, for money saved, investment protection, and best of all, peace of mind.