For your protection get a home inspection in Arkansas

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

Interesting information that I discovered from reading our Arkansas real estate magazine called "Realtor Rightings" was found in an article written by Bob Balhorn, ARA Government Affairs Director.

He said that when a person builds a new home or structure outside the city limits of an Arkansas city you can assume that the only part of the structure that has been inspected is the septic system.  It is the only state required inspection!

The state building code has lots of requirements but there is no enforcement mechanism for making sure the code is adhered to.  You can complete the house and have all sorts of code violations but no one will ever know.

If the building is outside the city, the county may not even discover it for years.  Until it is discovered it may not be on the tax records.  (I sold a house once that had been built inside a subdivision and was several years old and was not on the tax records!) 

Inside cities the electrical, plumbing, mechanical and building inspections are required along with a building permit.  However, things may be overlooked or mistakes made.  Mr. Balhorn gives the example of a family who moved into their house and one of the children became very ill.

They discovered the crawl space was full of mold.  The plumber had failed to connect the shower drain to the sewer line and this oversight was missed on the final inspection of the home.  Removing the mold to make the home livable was in the $10,000 range.

Mr. Balhorn says that if you buy a house outside the city limits, be sure to have it inspected by a home inspector.  I suppose you can go further and say that all new houses could be inspected just to be on the safe side.

 

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Charles Buell
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Of course I would NEVER be biased:), but it is hard to think of any home that shouldn't have an inspection done.  A lot of rural homes still never see municiple inspectors.  The codes are enforced or are functional only to the degree that there are the public funds to pay for the inspectors.
Apr 16, 2008 12:33 PM #1
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Ron Tarvin
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I recommend inspections of new homes at least three times during the process and the inspectors I work with don't mind doing it (they charge the inspection price and then do the visits as construction continues).  You learn about things WHILE they can be fixed DURING construction!
Apr 16, 2008 02:37 PM #2
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Barbara,

Great post! 

Apr 16, 2008 04:26 PM #3
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Charles, you stated that very well, much better than I did.  The problem is that there are no public funds to pay for enforcement.  I believe I heard that from someone who was telling us about more rigid rules for energy efficiency but with no real enforcement for the rules.
Apr 16, 2008 04:59 PM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Ron Tarvin's Katy Agent Team, that is an excellent idea.  Do the inspectors charge the same as one inspection at the end?  Do they get paid up front?  At the end?  They can see what's inside the walls when they do it your way!

Mary, thanks for reading.  With your builder husband, I'll bet you might like the suggestion from the Ron Tarvin Team.

Apr 16, 2008 05:02 PM #5
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Always good advice, actually good advice in any state!

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Apr 16, 2008 07:26 PM #6
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Charles, thank you for stopping by!
Apr 16, 2008 08:07 PM #7
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Joshua & Kathy Schmidt
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I ALWAYS suggest a home inspection, no matter what the house condition, new, old, city limits or not.  There are just to many things that could be wrong.  Great blog Barbara!
Apr 16, 2008 09:04 PM #8
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Joshua and Kathy, thank you for your comment and for reading my blog.
Apr 16, 2008 09:13 PM #9
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Barbara, your area sounds like our area.  In th county here in the Houston area there is no one watching the builders so it is really crucial that people get a home inspection evern for new construction.  For no one watching they actually do a pretty good job but you just never know.
Apr 17, 2008 04:25 PM #10
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Barbara, that advice to inspect all new houses was heeded by me in my own new construction when a Realtor told me that one. Very important. Thank God for REALTORS and your reminder.
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Machel, at least someone COULD be watching so perhaps that makes the builder more cautious.  Thanks for stopping by.

Gary, I'm glad your new house went well! 

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