It's a New House, Do I Need a Home Inspection?

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Home inspectorIt's a New House, Do I Need a Home Inspection? New homes can have flaws too. Just because a home is new, it is still wise to have a licensed home inspector in Clarksville TN do a thorough inspection on your new Clarksville home. This inspection contingency is written into the offer to purchase.

Builders do follow codes and and have routine inspections done by the codes inspectors during the building process. Some things can be missed. I am sure it is not the intent to miss these things but the fact is when the house is finished, a full home inspection can reveal some oversights and repairs that need to be corrected.

A buyer of a new Clarksville home is wise to plan to have a home inspection done when buying their new home. I have never seen an inspection on a new home come back without at least one repair item. This does not mean that the construction is faulty, it just means an item needs attention or to be corrected.

Check my previous post that addresses whether the seller has to fix all home inspections repair items. In addition, home inspectors in the Clarksville TN area welcome buyers to review the inspection findings on-site with them. This is especially helpful for first time home buyers. The inspector can familiarize the Clarksville home buyer with routine maintenance items and acclimate them to be watchful for potential future repairs.

It's a New House, Do I Need a Home Inspection? Yes, please get one. I have never heard any buyer say they were sorry that they had taken this step and were oftentimes glad that they now had a better understanding of how systems worked and how to maintain their new home.


If you are in the market for a home in Clarksville TN and would like to start your home search in Clarksville contact, Clarksville Realtor, Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730.

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Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

I get this question from buyers. I tell them yes because many things can go wrong during certain stages while building the home.

Aug 09, 2013 12:05 AM #30
Marc McMaster
RE/MAX Centre Realty - State College, PA
Putting my clients before myself

You definitely need a home inspection on a new home...even if it has a home warranty.  I've had inspectors find really big items on new homes.

Aug 09, 2013 12:08 AM #31
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Debbie -- there are no perfect homes -- a thorough property inspection will certainly find some issues that will need to be addressed prior to closing even with a new home.  

Aug 09, 2013 12:10 AM #32
Ed & Tracy Oliva
West USA Realty - Arizona - Fountain Hills, AZ
The Oliva Team Arizona Agents

Good Morning:  New home or not always have a home Inspection done!! keep up the good work and good luck,  E

Aug 09, 2013 12:16 AM #33
Ira Bodenstein
PNC Mortgage - Montclair, NJ
NMLS#: 445143


Great advise.  As you said, just becasue it is new does mean it works correctly.  That is why manufacturers provide warranties when you purchase a new item.

Aug 09, 2013 12:30 AM #34
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

The better builders do PUNCH LISTS and then even follow it up after the buyer moves in...Check the builder out for this business plan in action

Aug 09, 2013 12:37 AM #35
Juli Vosmik
Dominion Fine Properties - Scottsdale, AZ
Scottsdale/Cave Creek, AZ real estate 480-710-0739

Debbie, you are SO right - things can go wrong during the building of a home and the home inspections performed by the city are for code things - there are thousands of other things within the  home which are not for "codes" but could effect the long life of a home. 

Aug 09, 2013 01:03 AM #36
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

Just because it is a new home by builder, doesn't mean things are 100% correct.  Almost always worth the cost of home inspection to find out.

Aug 09, 2013 01:20 AM #37
Curtis Van Carter
Better Homes & Gardens Wine Country Group - Yountville, CA
Your Napa Valley Broker Extraordinaire


When I used to have the listing for about 120 new homes in 3 different subdivisions, I also sold quite a few new homes in others. I always advised my buyers to get at least a good contractor inspection and roof. On average, 1 out of 10 roofs had a big problem and 1 out of 20 homes had several other issues discovered from the contractor's inspection. cheers cvc

Aug 09, 2013 02:03 AM #38
Clay R. Seay
Florida Homes Realty & Mortgage - Saint Augustine, FL

Yes. Always encourage the inspection for new homes. There is always something that the builder will do to meet a building code that could be done better or to the owners satisfaction. The buyer needs an impartial point of view since the builder has a vested interest in reaching the closing table as soon as possible.  

Aug 09, 2013 02:07 AM #39
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

You never know what could be hiding in a home.  Inspections are a mandatory step of a real estate transaction.  

Aug 09, 2013 04:12 AM #40
Barbara-Jo Roberts Berberi, MA, PSA, TRC - Greater Clearwater Florida Residential Real Estate Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Safety Harbor

Absolutely! NEVER purchase a home without an inspection!!! I hear that question so often!

Aug 09, 2013 04:29 AM #41
ReadySetLoan Condo Approval Team
ReadySetLoan Condo Team LLC - South Windsor, CT
The FHA/VA Condo Project Approval Specialists

Absolutely get a home inspection!  New homes can have as many issues as existing homes.  Any real estate agent who doesn't advise his/her client to get a home inspection to save a few hundred dollars is not working in the best interest of the client.

Aug 09, 2013 04:33 AM #42
Steven Cook
No Longer Processing Mortgages. - Tacoma, WA

Debbie -- you would think you were a regular reader of Jay, Charles, Clint, etc. blogs on what they find in new construction inspections.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!

Aug 09, 2013 05:47 AM #43
Bryan Robertson
Intero Real Estate - Los Altos, CA
Broker, Author, Speaker

I've seen plenty of builders with new homes that needed enough work to make an inspection worthwhile.  Even if they create a punchlist, it's still good to have an inspection.

Aug 09, 2013 06:28 AM #44
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debbie, great advice. No home is perfect, even the new ones and hiring a home inspector to work on your behalf is money well spent on resale and new construction.

Aug 09, 2013 06:43 AM #45
Susan Jacobsen
The Alliance Group Realty - Hilton Head Island, SC
20 Years Providing WOW Real Estate Service

Debbie - not only do I say YES you  need to have a home inspector for a new home - I also recommend that they have the home inspector come at the various points of construction review (foundation, framing, drywall, and roof) Just the fact that they have someone come along for reinforcement is a tremendous comfort and when the developer knows that there is someone watching, my buyers have gotten better responses. There are home inspection companies that will do this for a nominal amount and I think it's well worth it. Also, removes the onus from me - I have so many out of town buyers/2nd home buyers that I really just feel this is better for me too.

Aug 09, 2013 06:58 AM #46
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years

Many builders will tell you you don't need your own home inspector because the city/county inspect the home. However, Just because a home is new, it is still wise to have a licensed home inspection.

Aug 09, 2013 07:23 AM #47
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Good advice for home buyers. We always recommend a professional home inspection.

Aug 09, 2013 11:00 AM #48
Cheryl Ritchie
RE/MAX Leading Edge - Huntingtown, MD
Southern Maryland 301-980-7566
Home inspections during the building process can be informative also.
Aug 09, 2013 09:43 PM #49
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