Home inspections are meant to weed out any potential defects or hazards in a house before the buyer purchases it. Many home buyers will wonder if their new construction home will need a home inspection. The answer is yes! This article will go over the importance of home inspections and how they differ for new construction.

Why Would I Need a Home Inspection?

In a perfect world, a home buyer would fall in love with a house that would have no issues. That is certainly not the world we live in today. Whether the home is new or 30-years old, each can and most likely will have some sort of defect.

The purpose of a home inspection is to find any major or minor issues with the house. Some inspections turn out fine with only minor problems that can easily be fixed. Other times, big issues such as electrical, plumbing, structural or mold will come up.

If the home inspection is done as part of a real estate transaction and issues are found during the inspection, the home buyer may be able to back out of the real estate contract.

It is far better to know about these problems before you buy a home rather than after. Skipping a home inspection is not a good idea in general, even if you are purchasing new construction. Ideally the house should be perfect if it was just built but mistakes can happen and so can low quality craftsmanship.

Typical Issues Found With New Construction Home Inspections

In existing homes, inspectors are generally looking for issues that arise as a result of age. Roofing condition, HVAC function, mold, and termites are a few examples of things they look for. With new construction, inspectors also need to inspect how things were built and installed. Getting these issues fixed early on is crucial to preventing long-term problems.

When a home is built, it is constructed in phases over the course of time. Contractors follow a general construction plan and subcontractors are brought in to put in specific systems like plumbing and electrical work. Due to schedules, weather and even materials delivery time, the construction phases can get interrupted which can lead to construction errors.

1. Materials
There are a variety of reasons why building materials may become damaged during construction. Some materials can be exposed to the elements for certain periods of times. Other materials may have been improperly stored, handled and installed. Flooring materials, lumber, pipes, tiles, siding, and shingles are all types of materials found to be defective in inspections.

2. Construction
Inspectors will look for any cut corners or forgotten items in the construction of the house. Areas such as duct work and insulation are examples of what can be missing in areas of the home. To some contractors it is all about how quickly they can get homes built and in the process the quality of a home is not up to par. This is not fair to the home buyer, making it even more important for new construction homes to be inspected. Hiring a reputable builder who takes pride and care in constructing high-quality homes is important!

3. Systems
Electrical, plumbing and HVAC are systems of importance in a house and are usually subcontracted out to other people. This being the case, the builder is not in complete control of the installation. While they may do their best and inspect the installations afterwards, mistakes happen and things can be missed. Some installations can affect other parts of the home and in the process damage may occur. A home inspector will pick up that sort of issue that otherwise may be overlooked.

Issues Found? What’s the Next Step?

Once a home inspection is finished the findings will be given to the buyer who can then present them to the builder. The builder in most cases will fix them appropriately. It is important to note that many builders offer home warranties on their products and if an inspection happens after the home is purchased, those issues may be covered under the builder’s warranty as well. The most important part about new home inspections is to catch and prevent issues from causing more damage in the future.