Should You Get a Home Inspection for a New Home?

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Home Inspection for a New Home:

I will offer an example of why you should get a home inspection for a new home. While building standards have improved in recent years,  the execution and performance of the work has not improved. Mistakes are still often made when building a house.Do New Homes Need a Home Inspection?

This example is from a $450,000 ENERGY STAR new home. There was no insulation or vapor retarder in the crawl space.  Fortunately, those problems can easily be resolved. However, the broken condensate drain pipe in the rear wall did not have an easy solution. The HVAC equipment was installed during warm weather and the air conditioning was running for perhaps a week prior to my inspection. The moisture from the broken condensate drain pipe should have drained to the exterior, but instead drained into the wall and floor cavities. When I arrived at the house, water was dripping between the OSB joints in the subfloor into the crawl space. This moisture warped the hardwood floors and damaged the kitchen cabinets. The builder did not have a clue of this issue until my inspection.

The sad fact is that I find all sorts of serious problems when inspecting new houses no matter the price. So, you decide…should you get a home inspection when buying a new home?

If you are not yet convinced, see my 5 Compelling Reasons for New Home Buyers to Get a Home Inspection. To schedule your home inspection for a new home, contact me at 919-846-6133.

Nipper Home Inspection Services, Inc.

Author: Rick Nipper is a NC Licensed Home Inspector, a NC Licensed General Contractor and a building science expert. He is the owner of Nipper Home Inspection Services, Inc. and Nipper Home Solutions in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

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5 Reasons to Get a Home Inspection on a New Home

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There are important reasons why new home buyers should always get a home inspection on a new home before purchasing.

Buying a new home is an exciting experience with the opportunity to pick out paint colors and floor coverings. In all the excitement of figuring out where the furniture will go and your new route to work, don’t forget to get your new home inspected by a licensed home inspector.

Building Plans for New Construction Home in Chapel Hill, NC

Building Plans for New Construction Home in Chapel Hill, NC

It’s best to have a licensed home inspector inspect a new home during early phases of construction when more of the house is visible. But, if the house is almost complete when you decide to buy it, it’s still important to get a home inspection on a new home. The walk-through with the builder is not enough. You need a professional looking out for you. Here’s why you should get an inspection on a new home:

1.  New construction homes have all sorts of problems. Building a home is a complex orchestration involving many different subcontractors and their employees each working on a different system of the house usually without regard to the other house systems. With all the separate activities occurring at the same time, it is nearly impossible for the builder to carefully check all phases of construction. Even the best builders will likely miss something. Here are some examples of problems I’ve found in newly built homes:

  • Broken roof trusses
  • Missing siding
  • Ducts completely unattached to the heating and air conditioning unit
  • Missing insulation in homes being sold as Energy Star energy-efficient homes
  • Organic growth on crawl space wood framing
  • Raised roof shingles allowing water to penetrate underneath the shingles

2.  Municipal building inspections are not the same as home inspections. The job of municipal building inspectors is to check for compliance with applicable building codes. Building codes are minimum standards. While most municipal building inspectors are doing their best, factors beyond their control prevent these inspections from being enough.

3.  Problems found before you buy can be fixed before moving in to your new home. You won’t have to deal with the dust and noise from repairs, or the inconvenience of having to stay home from work while workers are in your house. While there will likely be some minor touch-ups that will need to take place after you move in, you will want the builder to fix any significant repairs right away.

4.  Defects can be repaired before they result in serious consequences or costly damage. Safety items such as gas leaks need to be addressed to protect you and your family. Missing attic insulation that will result in higher utility bills can be installed. Raised shingles which can lead to rotted roof sheathing can be repaired before purchasing your new home.

5.  It matters at resale. When you decide to sell your formerly new home, the buyer will likely get a home inspection. Deficiencies that date back to the original construction will be discovered even if you never knew they existed. At this point, it’s too late to get the builder involved. You now own those problems.

The Good News is that hiring a professional licensed home inspector to inspect your new dream home can pay for itself many times over both monetarily and with peace of mind. You can feel confident that problems are identified and corrected early before you buy your home.

For confidence and peace of mind, contact Nipper Home Inspection Services, Inc.  at 919-846-6133 to get an inspection on your new home.

Nipper Home Inspection Services, Inc.Author: Rick Nipper is a NC Licensed Home Inspector, a NC Licensed General Contractor and a building science expert. He is the owner of Nipper Home Inspection Services, Inc. and Nipper Home Solutions in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.

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