I am buying a new home. I do not really need a home inspection.

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Home Inspector with NCW Home Inspections, LLC

I am buying a new home. I do not really need a home inspection. Chelan Home Inspection

There is a perception that a new home should have very little wrong. I agree it should and most of the time this is the case. But when you are buying a new home, in truth there should be nothing wrong.

Here is a case of why it is important to have a home inspection, even for those new homes.


Let start with the laundry room, nice new flooring but we are missing an important item, the dryer exhaust duct. It is very nice to have an air exchange hole to the crawlspace.

                                           Missing Dryer duct Chelan Home Inspection

Here is another nice feature. Many people love disposals. But I have found that they have a limitation. They do not work very well when they have no power cord attached.

                                            Missing power cord to disposal   Wenatchee Home Inspection

But wait we have the crawlspace to inspect. Here are some nice features.

The baffling of the foundation vent is baffling.

                                            Improper vent baffling Chelan Home Inspection

Or this, having the screening of the foundation vent already compromised so "Mickey Mouse" and his friends can have a nice new home too!

                                           Compromised vent screen Chelan Home Inspection

But wait, there is one more feature. Having the waste line properly supported. This was close they have the straps in place but they forgot one little detail.

                                           Improper waste line support Wenatchee Home Inspection

Every home be it new, old or in between should have a quality home inspection performed. There is no perfect home and mistakes will happen but a home inspector can help you gather that information to make an informed decision.

“If you think it's expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur.”

Red Adair


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Rainmaker
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Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Builders do sometimes overlook things or hire subcontractors who cut corners, so even if a home is brand spanking new, it's best to have an inspection Donald.

February 07, 2013 07:02 AM #1
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Kelly McGovern
William Raveis Brickstone Residential - Bellingham, MA
Working with Kelly is a good move!

Great post!  I absolutely advise my clients, both veterans of the transactio and newbies, that it is the best money they could spend.  Must do them!!!

February 07, 2013 07:16 AM #2
Rainmaker
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Jay Markanich
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC - Bristow, VA
Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia

Power cord, shmower cord!  Just pretend!  And those wispy legs hanging down from the insulation in that crawl space look ominous!  And a little ghostly.  Mosby alert?

February 07, 2013 07:38 AM #3
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Malcolm, yes they do. I never understood why they would not hire someone to go through the house and put a final list together.

Kelly, very good advise.

Jay, Electricity is overrated. Yeah I think I did have a Mosby sighting ; )

February 07, 2013 07:45 AM #4
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Robert Butler
Aspect Inspection - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection

New houses need inspection. Just because your house is new, dosen't mean it's right all through. Just because it's all finished, doesn't mean it's all been done.

February 07, 2013 08:06 AM #5
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Robert, So true. You would think these guys would know how to do these things by now. A little QC can go a long way.

February 07, 2013 08:58 AM #6
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Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA
- Pierce, King, Kitsap, Thurston, Mason Counties

Don -- that dryer vent hole looks really small compared to most dryer vent tubing I have seen.  I thought you were pointing out where Mickey and his friends were going to entering the house, to get to the food stash.

February 07, 2013 03:33 PM #7
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Steven, I think the picture angle does skew it. But you are right it is a Mickey entrance ; )

February 08, 2013 06:02 AM #8
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James Quarello
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC - Wallingford, CT
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I tell a new home buyer, perfection should be expected with a new house. The reality is that is not often the case. 

February 10, 2013 05:45 AM #9
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Donald Hester
NCW Home Inspections, LLC - Wenatchee, WA
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Jim, Ain't that the Truth. Most of the time is more of the more minor side but should be corrected none the less.

February 10, 2013 07:32 AM #10
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