Do New Homes Need Home Inspections?

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Real Estate Agent with Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 SA5376460000

The past two years have proved unprecedented with quick sales, waiving appraisals, and over list sales prices. Another aspect of the fast paced sales that occurred included waiving home inspections.  Competing against so many other buyers seemed daunting and buyers felt powerless if they needed financing for their offers to be accepted, in any price range. 

 

With the days on market increasing and demand changing, buyers are now able to include inspections as part of their due diligence.  It's never a good idea to waive a home inspection and especially on newly constructed homes.  There are many that now regret doing so as they are discovering issues.  

 

Even though a builder has their own checks and balances in new construction, it's always wise to consider getting a third party home inspection.  Home inspectors typically visit a home as many as three times during construction to verify what's in the walls, including plumbing and electrical and inspecting the roof.   How many times do new home buyers climb up on their roofs after all.  NO ONE should be on a tile roof if they don't know how to walk it to prevent tiles from breaking.  

New Construction Home Inspections

With the strain of new construction, there have not been enough skilled labor and trades to complete these homes.  And new construction build times have extended many months in large part to supply chain issues.  So timing those inspections when items are installed is critical to providing a good inspection report. 

Get a Home Inspection for new construction

Once the drywall is up, flooring laid, and kitchen cabinets installed, there is no way to know what's behind those items?  

 

If you're considering a new home, make sure to work with a professional realtor that has experience with new construction. Just because there's a sales agent in a model home office, does not mean they represent you or will suggest a home inspection.  Make sure your own interests are represented in what may be the largest single purchase you ever make!  

 

 

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Comments (49)

Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You're right Dorte Engel - so important for an inspector to see what goes on behind the walls before the walls are up!  Thank you for commenting!

Aug 11, 2022 10:39 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow Leanne Smith !  Just crazy!  And then you wonder what else is going on in the house if that big item was missed!  Thank you for commenting!

Aug 11, 2022 10:40 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Now that's a BIG mistake Carol Williams !  I bet you have even more horror stories!  Maybe that would be a good contest?!  Thank you for commenting!

Aug 11, 2022 10:41 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Excellent point Sandy Nelson !  No one caught that or mentioned it here.  If a builder is suspicious of an inspection or doesn't want one - red flag!  Thank you for commenting!

Aug 11, 2022 10:42 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Thank you for commenting Ginger Harper !

Aug 11, 2022 10:42 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Exactly Joan Cox !  And these days with labor shortages how do we know that the trades are experienced?  I closed on a new build a year ago next month and there were so many mistakes that the superintendent should have caught.  I found out he was a former employee at Home Depot.  Maybe that was okay, but how do we know what experience that guy has as a superintendent. He wasn't qualified for anything else.  So those that can't do teach?  Thank you for commenting!

Aug 11, 2022 10:44 AM
Kris Collis, Associate Broker
Smart Way America Realty - East Stroudsburg, PA
Professional Results you Expect 570-801-5525

Oh yes Jan, how many sellers do we know disappointed by their buyer's inspections only because seller failed to conduct their own inspections on their new build upon vomoketion.

Aug 12, 2022 04:21 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

I honestly find more issues with new homes than resale. With a resale home, owners have taken care of the issues that pop up. No one has ever lived in it!

Aug 12, 2022 07:02 AM
Jon Quist
REALTY EXECUTIVES ARIZONA TERRITORY - Tucson, AZ
Tucson's BUYERS ONLY Realtor since 1996

You betcha'. Especially the pre-drywall inspection. We find all sorts of mistakes and defects before the builder walls them up. Yikes.

Aug 12, 2022 07:56 AM
Ginger Harper
Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage~ Ginger Harper Real Estate Team - Southport, NC
Your Southport~Oak Island Agent~Brunswick County!

Yes.  Always.  You never know what could be hidden behind those walls.

 

Aug 12, 2022 08:36 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true Kris Collis, Associate Broker !  Been there - done that.  One such resale condo had a bent sliding screen door frame.  The door literally would not lock.  The previous owner had failed to do an inspection.  Crazy.  Thank you for the review and your comments! 

Aug 12, 2022 01:43 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty , so appreciate your comments. I just relayed a story above that was this exact issue!  Very frustrating!

Aug 12, 2022 01:44 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

I bet you've seen a thing or 2, Jon Quist !   A trainer at my gym complained to me that they had to move out of their house and a well known builder had to cover it all because one of their trades had put a nail through the shower pan that eventually leaked causing M!#5!  Yikes!  An expensive nail! 

Aug 12, 2022 01:45 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Spot on Ginger Harper !  Thank you for your read and comments!

Aug 12, 2022 01:45 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Buyers often think they do not need a home inspection on a new construction home. They feel like the city/town inspects it through each phase of the process. What they don't realize is home inspectors do a thorough inspection. There's always a list of items even on a new home. Many times it is minor things. I have had a couple new homes with a list of 30+ items. I remind buyers that whatever the builder missed, they inherit.  

Aug 13, 2022 05:12 AM
Sam Shueh
(408) 425-1601 - San Jose, CA
mba, cdpe, reopro, pe

Bought a semicustom home. After paying 30K worth of ss appliances. The owner could not understand why the dish washer was wobbling after several years. I went in almost pulled out the dishwasher.  It was never mounted to the countertop bottom. After they sell you the house it is hard to even get the builder to respond to a fix. Technically one has 10 year warranty on a new home.

Aug 13, 2022 07:57 AM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

So true Carla Freund !  There are so many checks between plumbing, electrical, roof, flooring, and everything in between.  My home inspector says his inspections have shown many items in the last 17 years of inspecting new homes. 

Aug 15, 2022 04:25 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Jan:

Having an inspection is essential, including on a new build. I always recommend them and most of the time buyers have done so. And there have been any number of situations whether things had to be corrected, including a roofing issue. Just because the home is new does not mean everything is fine - people make mistakes or are careless during the building process.

Jeff

 

Aug 15, 2022 05:39 PM
Jan Green - Scottsdale, AZ
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Wow Sam Shueh - that's a biggie!  A good reason for an inspection! 

Yes they do Jeff Dowler, CRS , thank you for commenting.  And now that trades are being hired from who knows where, and trades are in short supply, you just never know if short cuts were taken!  Insulation installers are paid by the hour!

Aug 15, 2022 05:58 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA
ePRO, SRES, GRI, PMN

A few years back, the daughter of an agent in my office bough a new home in a subdivision. On move-in day, after a long day of moving furniture and other personal items, the daughter opted for a relaxing bath in the tub which had never been used. Water did not flow into the tub properly. Further investigation showed that the pipes in the wall were not properly installed. Water was flowing inside the wall. NOT GOOD!

Aug 16, 2022 01:08 PM