Based on the thousands of inspections we have completed here is a list of the top 10 most common issues found at new construction homes.
(Many of which the builder is unaware of)
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
At Hope Home Inspections, we break the new construction process into two separate inspection periods.
Pre-Dry Wall Inspection
Final Walk Through Inspection
Why you need an inspection on a new home
Home inspections aren’t just for old houses or used houses. It's best for 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. 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 and before it's too late.