You have researched homebuilders and made a decision based on reviews, quality, and craftsmanship. You expect that your brand new home will be free of defects. While home inspections are commonly associated with purchasing an older property, ordering a new construction inspection for your home is also important. Let’s take a closer look at the benefits that this type of home inspection provides.
What a Home Inspection on New Construction Tells You
Any product you purchase could have defects. While you return flawed products to the store for a refund or an exchange, this is not possible with your newly built home. Once you take ownership of the property, its defects are your responsibility.
Warranties on new homes have limited benefits with an expiration date. You will want to understand the true condition of the property before finalizing your purchase. These are some of the things that a new construction inspection can tell you.
Identify Craftsmanship Issues
A reputable homebuilder carefully selects subcontractors to complete projects throughout the construction process. However, even skilled subcontractors occasionally make mistakes. This can be related to an oversight or hiring less-than-skilled helpers.
Low-quality craftsmanship might be immediately visible during a final walk-through, or it may be concealed and difficult to discover through superficial observations. A professional home inspection will identify problems before your move-in date.
Defective Materials Are Identified with a New Construction Inspection
In addition to craftsmanship, quality materials affect the condition of your new home. A damaged structural support, defective HVAC system parts, and other faulty components in your home impact property value and your living experience. A new construction inspection identifies defective materials that might otherwise go unnoticed by you until after you take ownership and settle into your new home.
Avoid Repairs on Your New Home
New homeowners may not discover defective materials or poor craftsmanship until after moving in. If repair work is necessary after move-in, you will be responsible for scheduling and providing access for contractors to make repairs in your home. Some construction-related issues might not be identified until you are selling the home and the new buyer’s inspector reviews the property. Order a new construction inspection and act on the findings in the report before finalizing your purchase.
Complete Work Before the Home Warranty Expires
Newly constructed homes often have a builder’s warranty that covers select repairs for a limited time period. This can ease your mind about the home’s condition, but not all repair work is identified within the short warranty period. After ownership, you are responsible for filing a claim and managing repairs. If you identify problems before closing, remedying these issues falls on the shoulders of the builder.
Ordering, reviewing, and acting on a new construction inspection are important steps to take with your new property. Order an inspection after construction work has been completed and well before closing. The builder will need time to correct any deficiencies identified in the inspection before the sale is finalized.