Building a new home from the ground up or purchasing an existing new construction home is one of the most exciting experiences you’ll ever have. It is also one of the most important investments you’ll ever make. One of the most important steps in building or buying your new construction home is getting an accurate and reliable home inspection.
Many people make the mistake of NOT getting a home inspection on new construction or they don’t fully understand what happens during a home inspection or what the inspector is looking for. Below are the Top 5 Home Inspection Mistakes new home buyers make:
If your home is brand spanking new you might wonder why you need a home inspection. Homebuyers tend to believe that because the home they are purchasing is new, and that it passed all local codes and ordinaces that everything is in perfect shape. Well, that’s not always the case. Unfortunately, many contractors will take shortcuts to make their jobs easier and in turn, hurt the structural integrity of the home. Don’t assume your contractor did everything right just because the home passed code. A home inspector is going to look deeper into the home and also look at different things than your local building inspector will. These differences can literally make your investment sink or swim.
Everyone is guilty of looking for a great deal, but a home inspection is not one of those things that you want to skimp on. Many home buyers looking for a home inspection assume that all home inspectors are the same and choose the person they hire solely based on the best price or realtor recommendations. From our experience, the least expensive home inspection company is usually the one with the least amount of experience in the field. If you ask for a referral, make sure you get at least 3 names an interview each inspector. Hire the one you are the most comfortable with that you feel will do the most thorough job. And always, always, ALWAYS ask abour licensing, affiliations and credentials and whether the inspector carries insurance.
Being present during your hom einspection can give you a much clearer picture of what the inspector will write up in his report. When home buyers rely strictly on the home inspection they don’t get the whole picture of the insepction results. Buyers who don’t go along on inspections tend to overemphasize minor problems or even worse, not realize how serious a defect is. Ask questions and listen when your home inspector gives you his professional opinion.
If you’re going to pay the money and take the time to get a home inspection you’d better plan on taking your home inspector’s advice. Many home buyers don’t follow up on issues, that their home inspector discovers. In the long run, these could become costly repairs or turn into a much bigger deal than you expected.
None of the home inspectors we know come with a crystal ball so asking them to predict when one of your home’s components will fail is asking him to take a shot in the dark. What they can tell you are things like “a roof like yours usually lasts 15 years and yours is 12 years old”. He can tell you how long components usually last and how old they are now which should give you a good idea of their remaining life span.
Remember, home inspectors are paid to perform inspections and are not relying on the sale of the home for their paycheck. They are neutral parties who should give you honest, straight forward opinions.
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