Home inspections aren’t just for old houses or used houses. It's best for new home buyers to get the home inspected during the construction process and take care of defects before they become costly problems with significant consequences.
Most builders are hard working and honest and are trying to deliver a good valued product in a reasonable time. Unfortunately in most cases the builder is not the one actually building the home. A builder may use 10-20 subcontractors on one house, or more if you include specialists installing security systems, entertainment systems, etc. The sheer number of participants in the home building process can lead to miscommunication or lack of communication. Many times subcontractors working on one system of the house inadvertently harm another system. Almost all builders are relying on their sub-contractors and often the sub-contractor who gets the job was the low bidder. So the reality is THE LOW BIDDER IS BUILDING YOUR HOUSE.
There is a building boom going on in our area. Here in the Sarasota, Lakewood Ranch and Bradenton area new home construction is going strong, but at what cost. With a high demand for new homes, builders are building homes in record time. What this means for you is that the people building your house are being pushed to go fast and cut corners.
We have seen some construction nightmares, some the county inspectors didn't find or detect. The last big building boom resulted in many homes with defective drywall because of shortages and short building time frames. What is happening now??
So hire a professional home inspector to inspect your home before it's complete. Have a professional see behind the walls before the drywall goes up. Before it's too late.
This is a quote from the New York Times “Now, in today’s increasingly heady housing market, untested developers are eager to get in the game, and some of those who built problematic buildings in the past are breaking ground again. “It’s like the developers did not learn their lessons,” said Adam Leitman Bailey, a Manhattan real estate lawyer who has noticed an uptick since the start of the year in complaints from residents of newly built buildings reporting problems with elevators, water infiltration and inadequate insulation.”
Common Construction Defects in new homes
1. Defective building material or components. 2. A violation of Building Codes at the time of construction. 3. Failure to meet professional standards for design at the time plans were approved. 4. Failure to build according to accepted trade standards for good and workman like construction. 5. Deviation from the Approved Plans or Specifications 6. Used materials that were other than specified 7. Used materials that are installed wrong 8. Is in imminent peril of collapsing 9. Will not provide you with the function as it was designed to function 10. Allows water to invade the inside and get moldy
Don't let this happen to your new home.
Hope Home Inspections specializes in new home construction inspections. Below is our suggested phased inspection program. However, we will customize a new construction inspection program to meet your budget and your specific needs.
The typical phased inspections include:
1. Foundation Inspection, Site prep and Grading 2. Block, Framing and roof system 3. Pre-Drywall Inspection, Electric and Plumbing rough-in 4. Final Inspection and Walk through 5. Warranty Inspection