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Home Inspections for New Construction

Home Inspector with Wingard Services, LLC HI-4113

We are often asked if an inspection is necessary for new construction. Won’t the builder’s warranty cover any problems that show up?

Things we have found on newly built homes include, a dryer vent shingled over on the roof, outlets with no power, inoperable windows, plumbing supply lines exposed outside, and incorrect installation of roofing and flashings. These are not things easily noticed on a walk through.

So, yes you need a home inspection, even for new construction. While we believe builders strive to deliver a quality product, it is difficult to coordinate and monitor overlapping crews. Things get overlooked and mistakes are made.

No one wants be at fault for delaying the closing, a buyer may feel pressure to continue with an incomplete punch list. It is actually easier to have builders take care of things on a punch list of before closing the sale. After closing, it can take longer and be more difficult and disruptive to get repairs done as a warranty claimant rather than before closing as the buyer.

Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Great blog. I always advise my buyers to have a home inspection before closing. Whether it is a new construction or not, a home inspection is a must.

Welcome to Activerain. You are going to be a huge asset to this community.

Sep 14, 2016 07:02 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

Great topic, Raymond Wingard .  Home inspections should be conducted on EVERY purchase... no exceptions.  

Welcome to ActiveRain.  It's a valuable platform to share your knowledge and to learn from others.   Blog on...

Sep 14, 2016 07:39 AM
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Welcome to active rain. Good luck.

Sep 14, 2016 08:10 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

HI Raymond Wingard, Welcome to Active Rain and congrats on your first blog post. Active Rain is a great place to meet, interact with and learn from awesome professionals!

Sep 14, 2016 08:26 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I think an inspection is always important. New home buyers don't seem to always think so but there are plenty of stories about problems that are uncovered. And yes, it's likely the builder will fix but you have to know about them.

Walcome to ActiveRain, Raymond! You are off to a great start!


Sep 14, 2016 10:52 AM
Jody Wall

Never give up an opportunity for a concession.

Sep 14, 2016 11:04 AM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Raymond welcome to ActiveRain and congratulations on posting your first post on this site.

Sep 14, 2016 12:23 PM
Realty One Group Alliance - San Mateo, CA
Broker Associate & Licensed Architect

Hi Raymond! Thanks for sharing this great info and welcome to Activerain.

We're looking forwad to read more blog post from you. We're following you now.

Sep 14, 2016 12:36 PM
Sharon Kowitz
Cary, NC Relocation Specialist ~ Buying or Selling

Welcome to Activerain! Congratulations on your first post, you are off to a great start!

Sep 14, 2016 12:56 PM
Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale TahoeLauraRealEstate.com
Coldwell Banker Realty, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260 - Tahoe City, CA
Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers

Raymond Wingard - Great advice to always get a home inspection, even if it's a brand new construction home!

Sep 14, 2016 01:46 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Sometimes I think they are needed even more on the new homes.

Welcome to Active Rain, looking forward to reading many more of your posts, let me know if there is anything that I can do to help as you get started here.
All the best of success to you.


Sep 14, 2016 04:19 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

Good morning, Raymond Wingard it's always a wise choice to have a professional home inspection prior to closing.... and most of those oversights should have been caught by the town inspectors.... the electrical, as an example, would have been caught by an electrical inspector who did his/her job thoroughly!!!!  

Sep 14, 2016 09:06 PM
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Happily Retired - Franklin, MA
Previously Affiliated with The Todaro Team

and welcome to ActiveRain...it's a great place to learn, share, market and network....and I hope you enjoy all of it....

Sep 14, 2016 09:07 PM
Michael J. Perry
KW Elite - Lancaster, PA
Lancaster, PA Relo Specialist

Sometimes another set of eyes picks up items that should find their way onto the Builders Post Settlement Punch List .

Sep 14, 2016 10:41 PM
Kartik Subramaniam
Adhi Schools, LLC - Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Market Analysis--Educational Content, Adhi Schools

Welcome to AR and thank you fo rthe important advice. People often seek the easy route, but that isn't always the smart route. An inspection can save a lot of headache down the road.

Sep 15, 2016 04:18 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH@properties - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Raymond, you've got so much great advice in your first post!  Welcome to ActiveRain, and we could have you addicted in no time.

Sep 15, 2016 10:31 AM
Raymond Wingard
Wingard Services, LLC - Fairhope, AL
Home Inspectors serving lower Alabama

Thank all for your comments and support!

Sep 15, 2016 12:47 PM
Tony and Suzanne Marriott, Associate Brokers
Serving the Greater Phoenix and Scottsdale Metropolitan Area - Scottsdale, AZ
Haven Express @ Keller Williams Arizona Realty

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Sep 15, 2016 10:47 PM