New home inspections Are they really needed? No say's the brokers.
I was making my usual rounds yesterday. I did get to meet with Two of the four brokers.
Both told me that they were selling a lot of the new homes in the subdivisions they represent.
I told them, that I have not received a call from a single agent that was requesting a home inspection for these "Sold Homes". The only homes I have been inspecting from those subdivisions were the buyers calling for the home inspection because they found me online after they were told the home did not need a home inspection and the agents wanted them to sign a waiver for the home inspection.
When talking to one broker. He told me that the homes come with a One year warranty.
Really? A one year warranty that covers the structural integrity of the home. That's it one year? Not much of a "Being proud of what you built" warranty is it. I know that a One year warranty is the norm for the builder but it should be a five year unlimited warranty IMO.
BROKER: It's a new home what could be wrong?
ME: A lot of things.
BROKER: That's why there is a warranty.
ME: A warranty is only for the items the buyer knows to be faulty. If the buyer has no inspection then how are they going to know the issues of the home if there are any?
BROKER: Let the warranty do it's thing.
ME: I have inspected homes in this subdivision and all of the homes I have inspected had issues significant enough to have the builder rep have to resolve these issues before closing.
If there is no inspection, then the buyers have no Ides what may be wrong with the home until they want to sell the home and a competent home inspector issues a report. Then who's fault is it?
BROKER: Not the agency's fault. The buyer has the option for a home inspection when they buy the home.
ME: But you said they don't need a home inspection on these new homes.
BROKER: They don't.
And that was about the end of that impromptu meeting.
I left more confused than when i entered the place wanting to get the point across that home inspections even on new homes are still needed.
What about the issues that I found when I inspected those other homes in the same subdivision?
They would still be there if not for the buyer calling for a New Home Inspection.
This is why you always get a "New Home Inspection" by a certified inspector. For the peace of mind.
Call Clint at 1-575-706-5586
Have a great day every one.