New Construction Homes in Barnegat – Why a Home Inspection?

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New Construction Homes in Barnegat – Why a Home Inspection?

You might think a home inspection on a newly built home is a waste of money.  As a Jersey Shore REALTOR®, I disagree.

I recently represented buyers on a Barnegat home built just 5 years ago.  After our home inspection the sellers were told of several defects that they had to remedy.

One of the repairs required was the incorrect installation of a flange.

Home Inspections on New Contruction homes in Barnegat


With an inspection prior to closing on this new home in Barnegat, that would have been the builders responsibility.  And in the end, more money in the sellers pocket at resale.

Another problem that would have come to light with an inspection on this home when purchased from the builder, loose receptacles and missing connectors.

Home Inspections on New Contruction homes in Barnegat


There were several other problems with this 5 year old home in Barnegat.  Most would have been discovered if the original buyers would have insisted on a new construction home inspection, and therefore more money in their pocket at this closing.

Just repairing the items above cost more than a home inspection!

If you’d like information on new construction homes in Barnegat, or any homes for sale in southern Ocean County at the Jersey Shore, contact Jersey Shore REALTOR® Laura Giannotta at 609-384-6121.


Photos reprinted with permission from Wes Goble, Ocean County Pillar to Post Home Inspections.


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Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Great advice Laura.  Brand new or 100 years old, we always encourage a home inspection as well.                                               

Oct 17, 2012 10:32 PM #3
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Laura, all good reasons for getting a home inspection.These things are easy to overlook initially.

Oct 17, 2012 10:39 PM #4
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Builders may try to cut corners also.  Always best to get the inspection done..and be safe not sorry.

Oct 17, 2012 11:15 PM #5
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

When certain work is done correctly, you may not have to visit with it in your life time...good post here

Oct 17, 2012 11:22 PM #6
Laura Giannotta
Keller Williams Realty - Atlantic Shore - Little Egg Harbor, NJ
Your Realtor Down the Shore!

Ed - thanks for stopping by.

Bradley - we always hope for only minor issues, but better the builder pay than the seller at resale.  That flange problem noted would not have been found by the buyers of the home when it was new on a walk through.

The Christiansen's - A cost of a home inspection is a drop in the bucket when you look at whole picture.

Oct 17, 2012 11:34 PM #7
Robert Rauf
HomeBridge Financial Services (NJ) - Toms River, NJ

Buyer beware, even if the home is new!  All good points Laura

Oct 17, 2012 11:42 PM #8
Bruce Kunz
C21 Solid Gold Realty, Brick, NJ, 732-920-2100 - Howell, NJ
REALTOR®, Brick & Howell NJ Homes for Sale

Hi Laura. Nice post!
I believe professional home inspections are a necessity for all buyers of any age home. I even suggest my sellers get one done. Doing so eliminates surprise & stress for them and they get a chance to correct things up front - which usually translates to more money in their pocket in the end.
Thanks for sharing.


Oct 18, 2012 01:13 AM #9
Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I am an advocate that new or used homes need a home inspection before closing. This way a buyer can have a peace of mind knowing any potential problems ahead of time

Oct 18, 2012 02:46 AM #10
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

You like to hope these sorts of things don't happen when you get something straight from the builder.  

Oct 18, 2012 06:40 AM #11
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I let builders know that we will be having a home inspection done on the home when they are done.  I also let the county or city inspector know.   This puts them both on their toes tomake sure things are right.  A builder does not want to be known as one that has the home rejected because of things done wrong and the local inspector doesn't want that either.

Oct 18, 2012 10:50 AM #12
Sally K. & David L. Hanson
EXP Realty 414-525-0563 - Brookfield, WI
WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce

Newer  isn't perfect...or better....a time to be cautious regardless of the age of the house.


Oct 18, 2012 10:52 PM #13
Bob Miller
Keller Williams Cornerstone Realty - Ocala, FL
The Ocala Dream Team

Hi Laura, having built a new home with a custom builder we know the "punchlist" we were left with.  Yes, get an inspector!

Oct 19, 2012 02:36 AM #14
Suzi Sandore
RealtyONEGroup - San Diego, CA
North County San Diego Homes

Absolutely! The home inspection is every bit as important in a new home as in a resale. Sub-contractors in a hurry to finish a project can and do cut corners, get the inspection for your own peace of mind and to avoid problems down the road. 

Oct 19, 2012 04:20 AM #15
Rob Renk
Center Street Lending - McKinney, TX
AE | Fast Fix/Flip Loans for Residential Investors

You are so right.  The last new home I had we had a home inspection completed and I was surprised the number of things that were wrong.  Thinking iot was new that everything would be done correctly is the wrong way to think.  It is worth the money.

Oct 19, 2012 05:17 AM #16
M. Lynn Delatte
Developers Realty - Broadview Heights, OH

I always advise buyers to have an inspection- whether they are building a new home or getting a resale.  Builders sometimes over-look things.

Oct 19, 2012 06:49 AM #17
Rafi Footerman
Mid Jersey Inspections - Edison, NJ
Home Inspector, Mold Inspector, Radon and More!

Thanks for making my job easier.  I'm frequently asked if a new construction home needs an inspection.  Now, I'll just refer them to your post!

Oct 19, 2012 07:59 AM #18
Clint Mckie
Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections - Carlsbad, NM
Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586

Hi Laura,

I have been posting about getting a home inspection on a new construction home for a long time. I will be performing one tomorrow on a new home that the buyer is not even moved in yet. We'll see what I can find.

I always find issues with new construction.

Congrats on the Featured Post.

Best, Clint McKie 

Oct 19, 2012 09:16 AM #19
Conor MacEvilly
RE/MAX On Market in Ballard. Seattle - Seattle, WA

Good post Laura.

I helped a buyer recently buy a brand new construction home that had no insulation in the attic and the air-seal had not been sealed. NEVER skip an inspection.

Oct 19, 2012 10:41 AM #20
Short Sales, Foreclosure & Bank Owned Real Estate

Laura Thank you for so Excellent let Advice & Great Post!!

Oct 20, 2012 02:46 PM #21
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

A home has thousands of components put together by dozens if not hundreds of people.  Some companies do it better than others, but none is perfect.

Oct 25, 2012 05:18 AM #22
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