I Don't Need a Home Inspection . . . I'm Buying a New Home From the Builder

Reblogger Coleen DeGroff
Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors BK3216615

So you've bought a new home.....no need for a home inspection, right? WRONG!

In this post "I Don't Need a Home Inspection....I'm Buying a New Home From the Builder" my Active Rain colleague Carla Muss-Jacobs from Beaverton Oregon gives some prime real-life examples of how getting a home inspection even on a new home can end up saving you a LOT of money in the long run.


Thanks, Carla!!  :)

Original content by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED Inactive License Oregon

I Don't Need a Home Inspection . . . I'm Buying a New Home From the Builder

My post, and title, came about after reading Nevin Williams' recent post:  I Don't Need an Agent Because I'm Buying a New Home from a Builder

With blessings from Nevin, I'm posting this as a "Part II," you might say.

In Oregon, new construction of homes falls under the auspices of the CCB, Construction Contractors Board. 

Under statute (ORS 701.320) new homes are under "warranty," for a period of time.  NOTE:  Be careful not to confuse "warranty" with "guarantee." 

Here's a link for more information on the CCB New Residential Structure Warranty Provisions 

Because some buyers realize a new home has warranties, they will forgo the home inspection.  And, some home buyers, mistakenly think the home is "guaranteed" because it's new.  

With this, they also think they'll save the $300 (more or less) of the cost of a home inspection.  They couldn't be more . . .


Here are only a few problems we've encountered, and fortunately, we DID have a home inspection:

  • Rain Gutters-- Here, in the Great Pacific NW, rain gutters are imperative.  It rains a lot.  In one new home inspection, the call made by the inspector was the gutters were hung parallel.  No slant.  Problem with that is, with a gutter hung with no slant, the water will not drain.  The long-term problem would have been the gutters rusting out very quickly with standing water, debris, etc.  Had the home buyer opted to forgo a home inspection (and they can), this problem might not have been discovered until the gutters rusted out. 


  • Bathtub -- Might not seem like a huge call, but a dime size dent in the bathtub would have gone unnoticed had it not been called out by the home inspector.  The bathtub/shower combo was fiberglass, and might have gotten dinged with the install.  These types of cracks are not noticeable to untrained home buyers.  Over a long period of time, water would have seeped -- consistently -- through the broken, small dent in the fiberglass.  Can we say "structural dry rot" boy and girls?  I knew you could!


  • Toilet -- During a home inspection, the inspector performed a check on the plumbing systems.  GOOD THING!!  The lower level toilet overflowed.  Thankfully, the home had never been used (if you know what I mean), and the flow was only clean water, not sewerage.  Problem was:  The pipe had become blocked.  How?  We suspect that when the drywall was installed, a drain (somewhere) wasn't covered.  Drywall, and other debris got lodged in the pipe.  When it got wet it expanded.  the house wasn't being used, so it dried, causing the blockage.  Sure, the home was under "warranty."  The builder, a local, honest guy would have fixed the problem AFTER move in -- when the issue would have been discovered (had the home buyers foregone a home inspection.)  The problem would have been:  The overflow could have occured at any time.  Perhaps, when they moved in on Friday, and at 10:00 p.m. the water in the lower level bathroom would have overflowed.  First reaction:  Call a plumber.  That would have been costly, inconvenient, and NOT something that a warranty would have reimbursed.  The plumber could not have fixed this problem, although they would have tried (at a hefty "emergency" service fee).  The pipe blockage was near the street, and had to have been dug up to be corrected.  Having the clogged pipes fixed PRIOR to move in, not having to go through the pain of calling in a plumber, paying for services that would not have remedied the situation -- YEAH, a home inspection was WORTH IT!!

I've got more stories . . . but suffice to say:  My clients were homebuyers who listened to my counsel, and obtained a home inspection on their NEWLY constructed home!   



Representing Buyers Since 1999 ~

Carla Muss-Jacobs, ABR, CEBA, e-PRO, Realtor®

Principal Broker/Owner  ~ EBAPortland, LLC
YOUR Exclusive Buyer's Agent

(503) 810-7192 / Carla@CarlaHomes.com

EBA Portland, LLC

CHECK OUT www.EBAPortland.com for Home Buyer TIPS! 

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1~Judi Barrett
Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745 - Idabel, OK
BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK

A great choice for a re-blog for your clients to read.  This post gives great advice and anyone buying a new home should read it.

Aug 30, 2010 03:41 PM #1
Coleen DeGroff
Coldwell Banker M.M. Parrish Realtors - Gainesville, FL
Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL

Judi - I totally agree!  Carla definitely provided some very valuable information in her post! Thanks for stopping by.

Aug 31, 2010 10:15 AM #2
Marie Haydock
Evergreen Global Homes & Land | RSVP Real Estate - Redmond, WA
Simplifying Real Estate

Famous last words ....  Buyers will always regret not having a home inspection, especially on new construction.

Aug 31, 2010 06:08 PM #3
Ally Wangsness - Seattle Real Estate Broker
RE/MAX Metro Realty, Inc. - Seattle, WA

Hi Coleen. So true! I have heard stories about toilet not even being connected to the sewer line, etc. Yep, home inspection should be done in every house and condo.

Sep 02, 2010 09:58 AM #4
Katerina Gasset
Get It Done For Me Virtual Services - Wellington, FL
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Hello Coleen, excellent repost you have here that provides information on getting a home inspection even on a new home. This will surely come in handy for future reference. Thank you for sharing and stay the best Haile Plantation Real Estate Specialist.
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