This is a great idea of having an independent inspector following the building of a new construction home by another builder. It would be so cheap to hire one (in the long run). My son hired one to do his final walkthru and it was amazing how much more the inspector saw than we did and then the builder was able to fix all of those things then and there. It's a very good Idea to have the inspector do it along the way and not just at final walk-thru - it's important to know what's in those walls and under that slab!
Home inspections in real estate, how important are they? Litchfield County Real Estate information.
When purchasing a property for sale in Litchfield County, CT you need to hire a qualified home inspector with a good track record. End of story.
That includes resale homes and new construction. When you hire a home inspector for new construction, hire them early in the process so they can check the work as it is being done. And if you are worried that you might hurt the builders feelings or insult them, don't.
Why? Take a look and see.
What are you looking at here in this photo? Not enough stone around the drain pipe, which caused the pipe to fill up with mud and muck.(that new stone you see has been placed by the contractor repairing the foundation)
How about this one? Well, the rebar should have been in the middle of this concrete, not on the bottom. It cannot do its intended job like this. Rebar is meant to provide support to the concrete. It was just bending and moving around with the weight of the entire house on it.
And this? Notice there is no stone, no vapor barrier showing under the floor. Also note, the floor was poured in varying thicknesses. Combined with the drain issue, this was a certain recipe for disaster. Guess where the water from the faulty drain pipes was going? Right up through the floor.
You wonder how will you know if the home inspector is any good? Ask your agent. I know I have one or two on my "list". I am sure they would have found this issue. I saw the issue myself but didn't quite understand what I was looking at. Now I know exactly what I was looking at.... lots of dollars going out the window.
How do I know that these guys are good? They have found issues, they know what they are looking at. They know the difference between a simple fix or a massive issue. They have proved to me, time and time again they "know their stuff".
So, hire a good home inspector now or a very expensive contractor later. Your choice! But if you decide not to, this could be your new back yard!
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