Home inspections protect both the buyer and the seller in a real estate transaction. If you don’t think so, skip it and watch the sparks fly when something goes wrong.
New Build Inspection
Why would you need to have an inspection on a new construction home? After all, the quality craftsmanship should be enough to guarantee an issue free lifestyle.
Just because you are buying something that is considered “new” doesn’t mean that it wasn’t built by hand, by people making a whole lot less than what the house sells for. Even if you have the best craftsmen involved in the construction of a new home, things can be missed. People can have a bad day. The materials could simply be sub-par. Whatever the reason, getting a home inspection can save you a bunch of grief.
My wife and I purchased a new construction home. Everything looked great when we purchased it. That new home smell was there and as we slowly unpacked out stuff, it became more and more ours.
About six months after moving in, I noticed some water near the driveway. I didn’t think much of it because the sprinklers had been running. The next day, I still saw water on the sidewalk and driveway. I also noticed that the grass between the sidewalk and the road was soggy.
I called the builder to have them come out and check it out since the house was under warranty. Sure enough, someone forgot the glue on the pipe connecting to the water meter at the curb.
Thankfully, that was a minor inconvenience.
My neighbor was talking to us one day and mentioned how the upstairs in their house was very hot. They had called the builder out to check it out and found that the switching mechanism for the air conditioner had not been hooked up correctly. As a matter of fact, a new device needed to be installed to make sure it worked long term. I called the A/C guy to check out unit out also and sure enough, we needed the same thing.
I’m not saying that a home inspection will catch everything. After all, we had a home inspection on the new construction home and there were still things missed. However, spending a few hundred dollars on an investment of hundreds of thousands seems to make a whole lot of sense.
What About Resale Homes?
Again, I default back to the idea that for a few hundred dollars, the inspection will help protect your investment of many thousands of dollars.
So many things go wrong with a house. How well did the previous owners care for the foundation, the plumbing, and the main systems in your house? Without an inspection, you are relying on word of mouth that everything is ok.
How would you feel if you purchased a home and found out years later that there had been a fire in one of the bedrooms and instead of replacing the studs, they coated them with a sealer and covered up the damage with drywall?
Don’t think it can happen? I encourage you to look up the horror stories that home inspectors share and see what it looks like.
If you need help with the purchase or sale of a home, email me for more information about how I can help you get where you want to be. I’ll send you a free buyer’s guide.
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Ebby Halliday, REALTORS®