Nothing is perfect, even new homes.
It’s pretty normal to assume that a home inspection for a newly constructed home is not necessary. After all, everything is new, built from scratch, and customized to your exact needs. Apart from that, nobody has ever lived in that house yet and for sure nothing is broken and that everything is in perfectly fine working condition. While we all want that to be true, unfortunately, that doesn’t happen, at least in the real world. “Should I spend extra bucks for a home inspection and waste my time?” Let’s find out if a new construction home inspection is one that could break your pockets or break your worst homeownership nightmares.
I tell you, it’s very common especially for new homebuyers to wonder whether a home inspection for new construction is really needed. Here are some common mistakes that home inspectors find in newly constructed homes:
• Improper roof installation where total replacement may be necessary
• Space is built too small such that major appliances cannot fit such as pressure tank, water heater, furnace, etc.
• Improper insulation of the home was tearing out of finished walls and ceilings is the only option to fix the problem
• Improper installation of sidings
• No adequate insulation in basement walls and particular areas with colder temperatures
• Missing crawl space ventilation
• Air leaks and heat loss due to improper installation of recessed lighting
• Leaking booster pump which might call for a total repair of hardwood floors;
• And damaged roof truss system, poorly installed flooring system, and other structural issues that require an evaluation from structural engineers
A house is a complex system of components and variables that should act and function together. When one component is done poorly or is simply left out, it can affect all other components inside the home and in turn, gets you stuck in paying for overwhelming repairs and replacements. This is why a new construction home inspection is strongly recommended, even if it’s not mandated. It’s not a requirement but it is a necessity.
New home constructions are built according to codes of standards. However, you need to understand the four critical points on how these building codes are applied to new constructions.
1. Codes are bare minimum requirements. So, new constructions built to codes are simple compliance of standards. If it is built far better than the code then good. But, it does not guarantee that the best practices were applied during the construction.
2. Although building codes are based on national standards, the quality and certain variables of construction can vary from one region to another. For example, codes in Florida may not be true in Colorado. It is also important to understand that while building codes do adjust with climates, winds, and seismic zones, the construction methods, materials, and techniques should be in compliance with the localized standards and needs.
3. Building officials are generally overworked which results in a limited scope of on-site inspection. Of course, building officials do help with the overall inspection of major structure and wiring systems. However, there are about 3000 components in a house and a local official spends less than 4 hours in a residential home so no wonder some things are missed out.
4. The manufacturer’s specifications do matter. Building codes have basic standards but the proper installation of major appliances according to the manufacturer’s specifications highly matter. There are three things that work in new construction – building codes, best practices, and workmanship employed. A thorough and unbiased report from a trained professional will help confirm that your house is in good shape.
Long story short, a new construction home inspection will offer you invaluable insights into what you are putting your money into. A home purchase may be the investment of your life so it’s not something that you should take lightly.
Furthermore, it will give you a good idea of how you can maintain the general upkeep of your home and save you thousands of dollars and a lot of headaches in the future. We schedule inspections Monday through Sunday.
Give us a call at (615) 573-4468 or you can schedule your inspection Online 24/7 or visit our website at https://nashvillehomeinspection.com/.