It’s important to get your new home inspected, despite your confidence in your builder. All homes have defects, even brand new constructions. Make sure you are aware of these mistakes before your house is finished and you’ve moved in. When a property is being constructed, many things need to be done well and come together right, so that the resulting structure is one of high quality. Proper home inspection by a third party inspector will allow you to quickly determine if your contractor is carrying out the job professionally, if hazardous shortcuts are being taken, or if inferior workmanship is beginning to show. Inspections should be carried out on site at several key stages including as the foundation is laid in place, as the structural framework goes up, and as the construction is completed. Having regular home inspection visits from a professional will help to avoid unwanted surprises and ensures the quality of your home before a final purchase.
The walk-through with the builder is not enough. You need a professional looking out for you. Here’s why you should get a home inspection in Denver on a new home:
1. Newly constructed homes have all sorts of problems. Building a home is a complex orchestration involving many different subcontractors and their employees each working on a different system of the house usually without regard to the other house systems. With all the separate activities occurring at the same time, it is nearly impossible for the builder to carefully check all phases of construction. Even the best builders will likely miss something. Here are some examples of problems I’ve found in newly built homes:
Broken roof trusses
Ducts completely unattached to the heating and air conditioning unit
Missing insulation in homes being sold as Energy Star energy-efficient homes
Organic growth on crawl space wood framing
Raised roof shingles allowing water to penetrate underneath the shingles
2. Municipal building inspections are not the same as home inspections. The job of municipal building inspectors is to check for compliance with applicable building codes. Building codes are minimum standards. While most municipal building inspectors are doing their best, factors beyond their control prevent these inspections from being enough.
3. Problems found before you buy can be fixed before moving in to your new home. You won’t have to deal with the dust and noise from repairs, or the inconvenience of having to stay home from work while workers are in your house. While there will likely be some minor touch-ups that will need to take place after you move in, you will want the builder to fix any significant repairs right away.
4. Defects can be repaired before they result in serious consequences or costly damage. Safety items such as gas leaks need to be addressed to protect you and your family. Missing attic insulation that will result in higher utility bills can be installed. Raised shingles which can lead to rotted roof sheathing can be repaired before purchasing your new home.
5. It matters at resale. When you decide to sell your formerly new home, the buyer will likely get a home inspection. Deficiencies that date back to the original construction will be discovered even if you never knew they existed. At this point, it’s too late to get the builder involved. You now own those problems.
The good news is that hiring a Certified Professional Home Inspector to inspect your new dream home can pay for itself many times over both monetarily and with peace of mind. You can feel confident that problems are identified and corrected early before you buy your home.
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