I mostly sell homes that are 50 years old and older, so I'd love some input. My 60 year old clients are buying their retirement home near their daughter. Thanks to responsible living and good jobs, they have plenty of cash and nice pensions. The purchase represents a lifetime of savings and thoughtful money management. They tell me "We are from New York and we don't trust anyone." The builder has been building homes for 40 years. He is proud of what he builds and personally does a final walk through with clients to create a punch list. He also gives them a one year warranty where they can call him for routine items that might need adjusting or whatever. But my sceptical New York clients want the security of the home inspection. So....the day comes. When we arrive, the living room floor guys were still nailing and the tile guy was finishing the floor in the small basement bathroom. The home inspector refused to do the inspection. He was also miffed that the gas had not been "unlocked" so he could not turn on the brand new furnace and stove. The builder and I wanted the home inspector to inspect what he could, but he insisted he owed the clients a full inspection. So, what is the verdict? Should we advise clients who are buying new construction to get a home inspection? Should they get more than one? Thanks for any comments!
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