Buying a newly constructed home is a great feeling. Having issues with that new home can quickly take away the excitement of a brand new property.
One false conception folks tend to have is that all new homes are created the same and should be in perfect shape. It’s common to think that everything in a new property should work with the occasional tunings here and there.
The truth is that each new home is different just like the people who are developing and build the property. There are plenty of times when the builders do not put quality time, materials, or focus into the job that they are doing. In certain cases, contractors may not fully understand the instructions laid off to build the property and mistakes can happen.
There are several issues that can occur and you cannot always be there to monitor each step of the process. In this case, what can you do?
Having a code inspection from a building official is a good starting point, but it doesn’t guarantee a solid new home. This provides you the home with a signed certificate of occupancy, allows it to pass a basic inspection, and in most states, the property receives a one-year warranty by law. That said, a code inspection offers you the bare minimum.
An evaluation from a licensed home inspector go above and beyond the minimum standard. A professional home inspection will start by ensuring the home is up to code, but also ensure that it exceeds code and reaches industry standards. For example, a building official would not be able to point out that your teak deck is only a mahogany substitute like a home inspector would because it is not covered in their scope of work.
A home inspector will also have the appropriate gadgets to perform specific tests. Inspectors can test aspects of your home such as water temperature, recalled appliances, and new products that are not working properly. A home inspector can also act as a liaison between you and your builder to ensure you do not have to deal with issues down the road. We speak house just like a builder and can help make sure you get what you want out of your new construction.
These are just a few of the many benefits of getting your new home inspected by a local, knowledgeable, hometown inspector. Someone who will be around for years to come to answer your home-related questions.