New Homes Need Home Inspections, Too

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New Doesn't Mean It's Perfect, Get an Inspection


new homes need home inspections tooNew homes are built by human hands. Thus errors occur and new homes can have flaws. This is why you need an objective eye to check out your new home before you buy. Not only is it smart to have a licensed home inspector check out your new home he will likely find some items that need correction. Just because it is new it doesn't mean it's free of flaw and perfect.


Home inspectors use systems and checklists to make sure they check out the components of a home.  This usually means they find some things that were overlooked during the building process. New homes in Clarksville TN are built fast. Buyers often buy before construction is completed.


The State Purchase Contract in Tennessee has an inspection contingency option that I recommend to all my buyers. This extra step in the home buying process is an important part of buying. You need to know that the home you are buying is well built and address any serious issues before you buy. It is a way to get some peace of mind.


Builders are inspected by local codes authorities but even these professionals make mistakes or can miss something. The builder trusts his subs and contractors to do good work but that doesn't always happen. Workmanship and material fail. A home inspector looks for these oversights or repairs that should be corrected by the builder.


It is not insulting to get a home inspection and it doesn't show mistrust of the builder. It is part of the buying process and just look at it as one of the steps to getting your home closed. 

My builders generally will do the repairs found on the home inspection report. Be fair and not nit-picky or ridiculous in your requests. Repairs from a home inspection report are negotiable. Buyers have to work this out with the builder and your agent will be instrumental with this negotiation. 


Home inspectors in the Clarksville TN area are fine with the buyers attending the home inspection.  This is helpful and is an education process for the home buyers. Inspectors are good about pointing out routine maintenance items and how to care for your home.


New Homes Need Home Inspections, too. Home inspections cost a few hundred dollars but it is money well spent. Make sure you use a reputable home inspector that will be objective. If there are issues with your new home you need to know. If it gets a good report you can move forward knowing that you did your due diligence and it is in good condition. Even new homes have items show up on reports. 


When you are in the market for a home in Clarksville TN, contact Clarksville Realtor, Debbie Reynolds at 931-320-6730. You can start your home search in Clarksville here.

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Re-Blogged 3 times:

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  1. Sheri Sperry - MCNE® 11/20/2016 09:00 PM
  2. Amanda S. Davidson 11/15/2016 06:32 AM
  3. Gabe Sanders 11/19/2016 03:57 PM
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Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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This is very good reading for prospective home buyers.

Have a great day and an outstanding week.


Nov 14, 2016 07:42 PM #1
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Hi Debbie.  Many new home builders will try to discourage inspections but it is an excellent idea for all buyers.

Nov 14, 2016 07:50 PM #2
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

this is an excellent post to share with our clients - thanks for writing it for us! 

Nov 14, 2016 08:46 PM #3
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good mornning Debbie. A necessity, in my opinion, for new construction. Better if done at several points during construction!

Nov 14, 2016 09:28 PM #4
Scott Godzyk
Godzyk Real Estate Services - Manchester, NH
One of Manchester NH's Leading Agents

Such a great lesson, just recently we found a bathroom vent laying in the attic and the drain for the laundry still plugged with the drain not hooked into the sewer lines

Nov 14, 2016 09:46 PM #5
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

I get investors to get inspections on new homes because I remind them that new homes are man made and perfection is not an option.

Nov 14, 2016 09:49 PM #6
Karen Kruschka
RE/MAX Executives - Woodbridge, VA
- "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS"

I pay for one for my clients

Nov 14, 2016 10:32 PM #7
Kristin Johnston - REALTOR®
RE/MAX Realty Center - Waukesha, WI
Giving Back With Each Home Sold!

This is so true! I encourage inspections every time, no matter what the homes age is

Nov 14, 2016 10:46 PM #8
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Debbie Reynolds - Before I was a REALTOR® I bought 4 brand new homes and never used a buyer representative....This was a big mistake. Why didn't I use one?  I was ignorant. I had no idea.  This will be a reblog by me!

Nov 15, 2016 12:36 AM #9
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Debbie Reynolds  You said a mouthful here .  I purchased new construction many years ago . When I did a home inspection with the inspector he found so many things wrong I had to postpone settlement .. The workers had thrown all their garbage in the heating vents . The garden bath tub faucet did not extent long enough to reach into the tub . There were many other things that had to be addressed ...

Nov 15, 2016 02:12 AM #10
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Great advice.  I always advise my new construction clients to hire a thrid party inspector.  Sometimes they wait until month 11 since most new builds have a 12 month bumper to bumper warranty.

Nov 15, 2016 03:13 AM #11
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Debbie in some ways new homes need more scrutiny than an existing home

Nov 15, 2016 06:08 AM #12
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Debbie, you always give great advice and this is no exception. Just because it's a new home doesn't mean there's nothing wrong. I had one over the summer that lead to a 35 page inspection report, builder wasn't happy but, I was so thankful my client listened and agreed to get one done. 

Nov 15, 2016 06:27 AM #13
Noah Seidenberg
Coldwell Banker - Evanston, IL
Chicagoland and Suburbs (800) 858-7917

New construction is not guaranteed to be problem free, great blog Debbie.

Nov 15, 2016 10:45 AM #14
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Love this, Debbie.  I've seen many a builder "whoops!" over the years that an inspection can catch.  For just a few hundred bucks, buyers can really have piece of mind and avoid some major potential issues with an inspection, even on brand new

Nov 15, 2016 11:43 AM #15
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

New home inspections would only seem logical to me and I don't know why people avoid them at all.

Nov 15, 2016 02:04 PM #16
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL - (561) 716-7824 - CRS, ABR, GRI

Debbie Reynolds I always encourage buyers to have a home inspection on new construction.  Better to be safe.  

Nov 16, 2016 09:50 AM #17
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debbie Reynolds ,

I always advise my clients when building a new home to conduct several inspections. Before the sheet rock goes up is an excellent time to see what is withing the walls. After its completed another just like a resale inspection. All utilities need to be on. Great post.

Nov 20, 2016 09:36 PM #18
Elizabeth Bouchard
Long & Foster Realtors - Arlington, VA
Associate Broker in Northern Virginia

It helps to have an inspector who is particularly familiar with new construction as well to understand industry standards.  In our area we have a mix of brand new homes and homes that are 70+ years old with a wide range of updates along the way.  New systems require a different understanding than old ones.

Nov 11, 2017 09:30 AM #19
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