Why You need a Home Inspection for New Construction

Here in Orlando, there’s plenty of new construction going on for residential homes and with so many choices, buyers have few limits. The great thing about buying new construction, or, recently built homes is no one has lived in them yet, which means you’ll be the very first owner. That’s a terrific proposition, especially in new construction, because you’ll have a lot of choices to customize and personalize the space for your own wants and needs. In addition, it means being able to get the latest in materials, systems, finishes, and technology. That’s particularly a big advantage to help you to have all of the latest conveniences and to save money month after month on utilities.

Why You need a Home Inspection for New Construction

While it’s certainly true you’ll get a move-in ready property and be able to enjoy some wonderful creature comforts, but, it doesn’t mean new construction and recently built homes are worry free. Sure, there’s a building inspector will walk through the property, but, this is only to check items are in-line with code and does not fall outside any local ordinances. When a building inspector goes through a new construction home, he or she is looking primarily for structural and safety issues.

…builders often reject such arrangements, for a number of reasons. Some builders claim that this will void their insurance policy and are afraid that someone will get hurt during the inspections. Other builders don’t want their employees bothered by too many questions from the inspector, while other builders just say that ‘we will provide you with a house that has been approved by the county inspectors, so you do not have to worry.’ —Realty Times

This includes such things as smoke detectors, the adequate strength of structural members, and so on. They are not at all concerned with many of the things that would be most important to you, such as paint finishes, working appliances, and other features and functions. What’s more, a building inspector is likely to see the home before it’s totally complete. That means such things as the central air conditioning and heating system won’t be installed, as well as other fixtures and appliances. In addition, there are more reasons to have a home inspection done on new construction:

  • The builder can miss various parts of the construction. It’s really not at all uncommon for the primary builder to be involved in more than one project at a time, or, to be involved in a large scale project. Regardless of the situation, it’s standard practice in the construction industry to hire subcontractors and even sub-subcontractors. There’s little chance the builder can manage every aspect of construction and can miss things here and there.
  • Municipal building inspections are limited to minimal code standards. It’s normal to think that since it’s new construction, it must have been built to code and the municipal building inspection is enough to guarantee there are no defects or problems with the house. This isn’t true, not only for the reasons listed above, but also, because builders typically offer warranties, a telltale sign they are putting using a stop-gap to ensure unnoticed problems or deficiencies don’t become a large financial or even legal matter.
  • Problems should be known and dealt-with before you move-in. If you decline the option of having a home inspection, you’re taking an unnecessary risk. You might think that if problems are found or do occur, you can simply go back to the builder. However, you’ll find that whatever isn’t covered under the warranty won’t be readily addressed and you’ll probably run into a good deal of resistance.

In addition to the above reasons, any current unknown issues will be revealed later at resale. That means having to deal with and face problems that will likely worsen in order to sell the home.