Why Have A New Construction Inspection?
New homes are perfect, right? The County building inspector has signed off on everything, so that is fine, right? You shouldn’t have any problems with your new home for many years, right? Not always.
A brand new home is impressive and is something many people save their whole lives for. There is just something special about watching your home being built from the site excavation to the framing and seeing the finishing touches bring it all together. However, more and more buyers of new homes are unsure about the performance of the general contractor and their subcontractors or are not satisfied with the quality of the finished home. A client has a right to expect excellence in a new home and a new construction inspection addresses items that can be anticipated in a previously occupied home but that should not be present in a brand new home.
While many builders are extremely competent and do their job well, for others the lack of quality in their work is surprising. Mistakes and oversights are common in new home construction, sometimes even with the best of builders. It makes sense when you consider that a new house is not built in a factory by robots under controlled conditions; it is built and assembled at each unique site by humans who err from time to time. Dozens of individual workers and groups of specialists like framers, electricians, plumbers and roofers each bring their part into the equation. Frequently builders will be constructing several houses simultaneously, and crews will float from one house to the next to perform their specialty. It is easy to see how things get out of sequence, overlooked, forgotten, or not properly checked by the builder.
There are many reasons why brand new homes have mistakes:
- With many separate homes being built at different sites and the plethora of activities going on at the same time at each site, it’s nearly impossible for the general contractor to personally monitor all phases of the home construction. Quality control will certainly be inconsistent from one builder to another and can even be inconsistent among homes built by the same contractor in one development.
- The majority of construction tasks (foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are usually subcontracted out. Consideration as to how fast and how cheap the job can get done may rank above quality for the builder.
- The explosion of growth has created a great need for affordable housing. When there is such a large demand and such a small supply, it is significantly easier for less experienced builders to sell their services when time and money overtake quality and reputation as the deciding factors for new home buyers.
- Few, if any, municipal code inspectors spend anywhere near enough time in each home to fully check it out. Further, there could be issues with the home that are not necessarily code violations, yet could still have serious consequences for the new home owner. These deficiencies may not be discovered until it is too late.
We have yet to inspect a brand new home with no reportable conditions.
Hiring a home inspector who has had professional training in new construction home inspections to look over your investment is a wise decision and will help prevent the possibility of premature costly repairs. When the quality of new construction drops, the unfortunate result is increased repairs and maintenance costs to the homeowner in the early years of ownership.
Your investment deserves peace of mind.