New Construction – Is a Home Inspection Really Necessary?

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Real Estate Agent with The Buyers' Counsel

New Construction HouseWhen buying a new home in Massachusetts you need to be aware that, just because a home is new, it is not necessarily fault free.   

Not only can you greatly benefit from an inspection on your newly constructed home but it is something that you should insist on.  All new construction should be inspected to ensure that your home is being built with the quality that you are expecting it to be.  

Builders will often point to the fact that the town will be requiring a number of inspections at different stages of the construction process and certainly prior to an issue of a certificate of occupancy.  They may also cite these inspections as reasons why an independent inspection is unnecessary.  

While it is true that town inspections will be done, these inspectors focus primarily on code violations - not the quality of the contractor's work.  A professional home inspector will scrutinize the workmanship that is going into the construction and will uncover potential defects in the process. 

A relocation client of mine who was having a new home constructed initially disagreed with my advice to have an inspection done several weeks prior to the closing.  I finally won out and attended the home inspection in my client's absence.  This particular home had a finished basement that had been nearly completed.  

During the course of the inspection, it was discovered that there had been a substantial flood in the basement and all of the finish work had been submerged for a period of time.  Detecting the moisture, the inspector revealed the problem.  It appeared as though the builder was hoping that all would be dry by the time of the final walk-through.  

That may, in fact, have been the outcome if the inspection had not been done and could have resulted in a serious mold or rotting situation at a later time.  

As a result of the inspector's discovery, the builder was forced to rip out all of the finish work in the basement including the sheet rock and build it back from scratch.  And, my client was saved from a potentially bad outcome. 

This episode is one of many that make a solid case for the fact that a professional home inspection is a necessary part of any home purchase, including new construction.  It also demonstrates the need for a professional buyer broker to oversee the entire process.  If left to their own initiative, my clients would have certainly suffered some serious damage at some point in the future.  

Having a new home built is an exciting and rewarding undertaking.  Don't have the excitement ruined by not taking the property precautions.  Protect your investment with a professional home inspection.  It's the extra step that is worth taking.  

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David:

It's great to hear from you since you are an authority on this subject. I am sure you have many stories to tell about what you have found in new construction. That video is a great eye opener and I will keep it handy. Thanks very much.

 

October 06, 2009 05:42 AM
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James Quarello
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Claudette, I preach about new construction inspections all the time, but many buyers do not see the need or want to part with the $ for a home inspection for many of reasons you said in your post. Some new homes I have inspected have had more problems than homes 50 years older.

Look back a few years ago when the building industry was booming. Quality was not a major priority in many developments. Case in point; You comment on my post today where the attic of a brand new home was left a mess and the insulation was damaged.

Buyers who believe what the builders say and that the town building officials have thoroughly inspected the home could be in for a rude awaking later on.

No question about it, new homes need home inspections!

October 08, 2009 04:04 PM
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Claudette Millette
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James:

You are so right.  That's why we need good inspectors, like you!

Thanks for stopping by.

 

October 08, 2009 04:58 PM
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What kind of protection is offered to the home owner if the inspector they hired misses something and they have problems down the road?

The system seems set up to protect the realtors interest only.  The inspector receives his fee, the realtor receives their commission.  The inspector provides no warrenty.

April 29, 2012 08:19 AM
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Hi Nancy:

I don't know what part of the country you are writing from.  However, the answer to your question would probably depend on whom you use for an inspector. A licensed home inspector should certainly stand behind his work.  I have had clients who have called home inspectors to task for their errors and they have made good on the issues. If you feel that the inspector has missed something you should let him (or her) know that you have a grievance.

 

 

 

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