WHY NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME INSPECTIONS ARE IMPORTANT
The majority of buyers who purchase a new construction home feel that a new home is free of defects. Nothing can be further from the truth. In fact, to be fair, no home is perfect. The construction process involved in building new home is complicated, with a great deal of coordination among many sub-contractors. It is common for the builder and/or sub-contractors to not completely finish the installation of some material items in your new home. Often times, the project goes over budget and the last construction details are left undone. As such, you’ll want to make sure that all of the components in your new home are up to standard and that all final connections are terminated. You will want to make sure that the A/C unit condensate drain is properly connected as well as the plumbing vent stacks are terminated above the roof. Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors should be installed were required as well as making sure that there are no signs of a manufacturers defect on your new roof.
If you arrange for a new construction house inspection by a JHD Home Inspection, we will provide you with an on-site consultation and incompletion of items found during the inspection as well as identify any problems that may lead to major issues later on down the road.
WHATS COVERED IN A NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME INSPECTION
The home inspector will examine the condition of the property and provide a comprehensive evaluation of its systems and components. Inspected areas and items include, but are not limited to the following:
- Foundation [Basement or Crawlspace]
- Roofing [Shingles, Gutters, Downspouts, Vents, Flashing ,Trim and Roof Penetrations]
- Exterior[Grading, Drainage, Sidewalks, Garage, Walls, Siding, Decks, Porches, Fencing, and Trees]
- Attic [Access, Lighting, Insulation and Ventilation]
- Electrical Systems [Service Entrance, Main Panel, Disconnects, GFCI’s and AFCI’s, Receptacle Polarity, Grounding and Bonding]
- Plumbing Systems [Shut off Valves, Water lines, Drain lines, Water Pressure, Catch Basins, Fixtures and Water heater]
- Interior [Walls, Ceilings, Floors, Doors, Windows, Bed Rooms, Bath Rooms, Fire Place Cabinets and Kitchen Appliances]
- Heating and Cooling [Furnace, Air Conditioning Systems and Controls]
- Fireplaces and Chimney [Flue, Hearth, Firebox and Damper]
WHEN TO HAVE A PROPERTY INSPECTED
A Buyer should get a professional home inspection after they have an initial agreed upon sales price with the seller and are in contract to buy the property. The contractual agreement is commonly made contingent on the buyers’ satisfaction and approval of the results of the home inspection.