It is new construction---why would I need an inspection?

Reblogger Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Real Estate Agent with Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty BR534744000 & BR540649000

Charles Buell "but for this discussion I will only discuss the things that will clearly add up to considerably more than the cost of the inspection--if the builder was not in the picture."  Always get a new build inspected - and if starting from the ground up have a "phase" inspection.  Re-Blog!

Original content by Charles Buell

To answer the title's question, I wish I could say, “Just because.”

I know that is not going to convince anyone though, so I will give some examples of why EVERY home needs an inspection in the context of a real estate transaction--even new construction.

While I agree the number of serious issues likely to be found in the context of the inspection of a brand new home goes down, how many “little things” would it take to equal the cost of an inspection? Even the most expensive home inspector’s fee will likely be well below the cost of a few minor things and sometimes considerably less.

On a recent inspection, where the client opted to not have a purchase inspection done, all I can say is they were mighty glad they got the one year warranty inspection done. With the builder still in business, some of the issue will now hopefully still be able to get resolved.

There were a few things I would consider cosmetic but for this discussion I will only discuss the things that will clearly add up to considerably more than the cost of the inspection--if the builder was not in the picture.

The first thing discovered was that the vent cap for the high efficiency furnace was plumbed backwards. Instead of the exhaust blasting away from the house it was instead directed toward the siding, as the exhaust came out the area where the air intake was supposed to be.

I noticed a slight amount of rusting of the fasteners of the cap (circled in red) and I would not have anticipated that much rusting in eleven months---especially on the non-weather side of the home. Firing up the IR Camera, it became immediately clear the cap was plumbed backwards.

 

The white/yellow area around the cap is the exhaust gases venting agains the siding.

Plumbed backwards

The next significant issue was the 4 inches of water in much of the crawl space. This might be quite an expensive fix depending on what is necessary---including possible installation of a sump pump system.

There was also no pan under the water heater, the roof metal drip edge was missing in one location and on top of the roof underlayment everywhere else, and the blower door test results were 25% higher than they should have been.

Missing drip edge

All of these things would likely have been discovered had an actual inspection been done, but what if the one year warranty inspection had not been done?

I am by no means the least expensive home inspector in my area, and I have never not easily found at least the cost of the inspection in a new construction home.

Getting a thorough home inspection done is part of due diligence.

It should not be taken lightly.

Just because.

 

Charles Buell, Real Estate Inspections in Seattle

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Wayne Martin
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Good morning Tony and Suzanne. A home inspection for new construction, preferably multiple ones, during construction is essential. What it detects is surprising! Enjoy your day!

May 30, 2016 10:38 PM #1
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Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
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Hello Tony and Suzanne,  I so agree with this blog.  I once had a new built and they had no heat running to one of the bedrooms.  Get a inspections always!!!!

May 30, 2016 10:42 PM #2
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers ,

Thanks for re-blogging this post. I'm a firm believer in inspections as the home is building built..especially before the sheet rock goes up and you can't see! Inspections are worth every penny spent.

May 30, 2016 10:49 PM #3
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Agreed Wayne Martin - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

May 30, 2016 11:00 PM #4
Rainmaker
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Always indeed Will Hamm - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

May 30, 2016 11:00 PM #5
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
Serving Scottsdale, Phoenix and Maricopa County AZ

Hi Dorie Dillard agreed and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

May 30, 2016 11:00 PM #6
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Bill Roberts
Brooks and Dunphy Real Estate - Oceanside, CA
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Hi Tony Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers Having lived in "new construction" I couldn't agree more. There are more issues with new built than existing.

Bill Roberts

May 30, 2016 11:51 PM #7
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Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

This is such a great post ... and of course wonderful re-blog.  I've seen major foundation issues on new construction. ALWAYS get an inspection with a top notch inspector.

May 31, 2016 04:56 AM #8
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Evelina Tsigelnitskaya
SIB Realty - Sunny Isles Beach, FL
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Yes, agree, great post and needed information. 

Thank you. 

I always recomend to do an inspection!!

May 31, 2016 01:58 PM #9
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty - Scottsdale, AZ
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We have too Bill Roberts and always had a "phase" inspection ourselves - it's well worth it!

May 31, 2016 10:57 PM #10
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Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
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Agreed Kathleen Daniels and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

May 31, 2016 10:58 PM #11
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Thank You! Evelina Tsigelnitskaya and - thanks for stopping by with a comment!

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