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When to do home inspection when buying a new construction home

When to do home inspection when buying a new construction home

If you’re buying a new construction home, it gives you a significant privilege: a home inspection opportunity. Although this procedure is not obligatory for the potential owners it’s very important to check what’s the shape of your future home to identify some problems that may be up to the time of purchase and move-in. For this, you should hire a private home inspector. Further, we will consider the issue in detail who such a home inspector is and how his work may be useful to you.

Who are the new construction home inspections and why they are needed?

The home inspector is a licensed specialist which is a third party that inspects a home you’re going to buy and assures that it’s up to standards (or, on the contrary, catches undetected faults).

There are also county inspectors, but keep in mind that their work is not the same as the work of private home inspectors. The difference is that county inspectors work in the municipality and check the compliance of new constructions with minimum building standards. For this reason, their checks are not enough. If you want your future home to be thoroughly viewed to the smallest detail, and not formally, it’s better to hire a private home inspector.

The main advantages of new construction home inspections are below:

  • You get reliable and safe living space.

The home checked by a professional inspector doesn’t threaten you in the future with foundation cracks, wall deformation of incorrectly installed structures, weak points in communications, or other troubles. Since the ones aren’t uncommon, because usually a lot of subcontractor’s employees are engaged in the home building at once, and it’s quite difficult to control individual operations at each phase of construction.

  • No inconveniences after your move-in. 

In case, problems are found out in your home, all repairs within owned space are carried out before your move-in. So you don't endure any inconveniences caused by staying at home in the area with the noise and dust from construction work.

  • You save your money in the future. 

When you become a homeowner and encounter some defects upon the expiration of the six-month or annual warranty period, you will have to bear all the expenses from your budget. Taking advantage to get a new home inspector before purchasing a property, you don’t have to spend your own money on correcting the build flaws: the developer covers all costs that often far exceed half of a thousand dollars.

  • No resale issue with your home.

If you want to resell your home, a new buyer can conduct an inspection. And then there is a high probability that the problems that you might not even know existed will be found out. And this will turn into your problem, which will complicate the process of selling a home.

We want you to pay attention to the fact that not each builder allows other professionals to inspect his construction works before they are completed. This is a violation of your right as a real estate buyer: to make sure that home in a serviceable shape before you sign a sales contract and become a property owner. If there is a behavior in a similar way towards you, most likely, the developer doesn't want you to see the real errors made in construction he should build on a quality basis. This is a weighty reason to think about whether you need to buy this particular home or it’s worth to look for other options.

What types of inspections do special public servants

It’s necessary to inspect before buying not only old homes but also new ones even if, at first glance, they look perfect. There may be minor flaws or/and significant defects that previous tenants won’t be able to tell you, because no one has lived in the home yet. Unlike viewing older structures, when inspecting new homes, the most common problems are unfollowing the plans or poor quality of construction works.

If you’re buying a new construction home we recommend you hire an inspector twice (for framing and a final inspection) or even thrice (starting with the pre-pour inspection). The more verification steps your new home goes through, the better for you as future residents. And the earlier errors are identified, the easier it’s to fix them.

The first time — before pouring the foundation of the future home. This type of inspection is needed for you to be sure that a home has a strong and durable stage. Upon identification of deviations from building codes, the new home inspector reports them to builders in order to make adjustments to the foundation. This will avoid construction errors in time because in the next stages this won’t be possible.

The second time when inspectors should be invited to view the home — when the roof and windows are installed, and before the walls are closed with drywall. If the inspector detects any problems, he will also compile a list of them to the developer. And the builders should fix these flaws before moving to the following construction stage.

The third inspection called final is held a few days before agreeing on a purchase with the developer. This type of inspection is usually carried out at the resale real estate market too. In the end, the inspector makes a conclusion whether the home matches local building standards and is enough safe to live in. If there are some points that don’t match the home inspector adds them into the list of complaints to builders. And don't rush to pay for the home purchase, until all the necessary adjustments are made.

 What new home inspectors look at

As you already have known there are three recommended stages of home inspection. And in each, the various elements and systems are subject to view.

The first time viewing consists of inspecting the granding, drain, trenches, elevation, plumbing, water lines, heating unit, air conditioning, and other engineering systems. You should know that building reliability is one of the main criteria to choose it for buying and settling in. Therefore, we advise you not to skip inspection when a home is at the beginning of construction. In spite of cosmetic items, foundation errors directly affect how long the home will stand.

The second time viewing is to inspect the frame and all installed systems to make sure everything is done correctly. In particular, the framing inspection includes checking the wiring, fire blocking, ducting, beams, and other generally hidden elements. At this stage, it’s possible to identify possible water leaks and to avoid flooding the basement or the mold damage, to eliminate errors in the stairwells project, etc.

The third time viewing includes checking the basements and garages, attic and chimney, roof and gutters, doors and windows, counters and electrical conductors, household appliances (ovens, dishwashers, disposals, etc), and others exterior items and elements. The cosmetic home flaws that the inspector can detect at the final stage are easiest to fix compared to the ones found out in the previous stages. But if you don't notice them on time due to the property inspection, you will also be upset.

You are probably interested in how much it costs to hire a private inspector. Every viewing of such specialist costs from $200 to $500 depending on the property size. And when ordering his services you should add these expenses to the home sales price. Of course, some of you may find that it’s expensively and not really needed, and in this case, refuse home inspection. But it’s a big mistake. In fact, saving a maximum of $500, you have the risk of losing much more money in the future. Therefore, it’s worth considering the pre-selling home inspection costs as your today investments you can reduce your future expenses.

If you’re a first-time new property buyer, just remember: any new home doesn’t mean an ideal home. Take care of your safety and comfort in your own dream home using the services of an experienced inspector. The more thoroughly a home viewing is conducted, the more chances you have to get perfect housing that won’t require modifications after its purchase. Thus, you not only keep peace of mind but also your savings.

Val Bogatov
Val Bogatov
Val Bogatov manages iNewHomes Advertising Program, helping agents hyper-target their marketing on engaged buyers. With a background in sales, marketing and economics he brings a complex understanding of the market to help Realtors upgrade their marketing efficiency.
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