Should I have an inspection on a brand new home?
I've sold plenty of new construction homes in the Fort Wayne area.
They all smell SO good.
We all love that new construction smell, don't we?
The carpet is fresh and new.
The countertops are spotless and new.
The paint on the walls is perfect and new.
All of the lights are bright... and new.
Why would we need to have an inspection when everything is brand new??
A few weeks ago my inspector told me a story about an inspection he did on a brand new home in Fort Wayne.
As expected, most of the inspection went fine.
Then we went into the attic.
The contractor that did the rafters made a mistake.
A huge mistake.
For whatever reason, he didn't properly connect the rafters at the peak.
The gap that he left went unnoticed by anybody that saw it, and work continued.
The roof was put on by the next contractor, but with the mistake, the roof would have collapsed during the first heavy rain.
Not to mention water would have just poured into the attic and into the rest of the home.
The inspector reported it and it ended up costing the builder an additional $6,000 to tear off the roof, fix the rafters, and then replace the entire roof.
How scary is THAT?
So my answer to the question "Should I have an inspection on a brand new home" is always YES.
To take it one further, I believe that you should have a home inspection on ANY and EVERY home.
Spending that $300-$500 now is probably going to end up saving you money in the long run because while you and I can probably see most of the major stuff with our own eyes, an inspector is going to dig in and see things that we may miss.
My two cents on a Monday morning...