Should Buyers Do a Home Inspection on New Construction?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Waves Realty BK3246853

This is a question I often get when I represent buyers on new construction homes. While most builders will not (at least outwardly) discourage home inspections, they will make sure to have their sales force let the buyer know that the home has been inspected throughout the process. They will tell them about the 10-2-1 warranty...and many will talk about keeping a record of anything that is wrong and call them before the one year anniversary to fix all the 'little issues".

I represent many new construction homes, and I always require my buyers to get an inspection. The fact is many issues will not show up in the first 12 months of ownership. I just represented a buyer on a home that was two years old and quite a few issues showed up that would have been caught had the owner had an inspection:

1. the a/c breaker was undersized, as was the wire that fed the a/c unit (it was a 10 gauge instead of an 8 gauge). The agent for the seller tried calling the builder to get them to cover the cost. It was just over two years so the builder refused.

2. insulation in the walls was "missed" by the builder. The builder denied this, but my inspector uses inferred technology and we were able to show photos of the missing insulation. To this point, the builder has not given an answer as to whether they will cover it. If not, it will cost the seller a couple of thousand dollars.

3. The refrigerator plug was GFCI...this is a huge no-no. GFCI plugs can kick off at any point. Refrigerators (or garage freezers) should never be on a GFCI. You will never know they tripped until all your food is ruined.

A few other issues also required attention, but these were the biggest.

Advice, get a new construction home inspection. The best thing you can hear is the home was built perfectly (I have yet to have that happen on the hundreds of new construction homes I have sold).

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Jeffrey DiMuria

Waves Realty
Broker/Owner
2018 Melbourne Ct, suite 206
Melbourne, FL 32901

Phone: 321.223.6253         

e-mail:  Jeff@WavesRealtyFL.com 

Comments (9)

Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good afternoon Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty ,

I totally agree with you. I always advise my buyers when purchasing a new construction home to have 2 inspections. One before sheet rock and the other when the house is complete and utilities are on before walk through with the builder. I have several inspection companies that specialize in new construction that I refer. Better safe than sorry!

Oct 28, 2023 09:49 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Jeffrey- Some new home builders may cut corners and some do not. I see no issue with having home inspections on new home construction. 

Oct 28, 2023 12:19 PM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Pasadena And Southern California 818.516.4393

Hello Jeffrey - a common question that has been asked by many.  Hopefully, "it" arrives sooner rather than later.  Lessons of all sorts can be learned from experiences.  Why does it seem they are often taught from mistakes?  Is that what is meant about the term - continuing education.  Hmm. . .   

Oct 28, 2023 12:56 PM
Dennis Neal
RE/MAX, Big Bear - Big Bear Lake, CA
Your Home Sold in 21 Days or We Sell It For Free

This post provides valuable insights into the importance of getting a home inspection, even for new construction homes. The real-life examples highlight how issues can surface after the initial year, potentially leading to costly repairs or disputes. It's a compelling reminder that investing in an inspection is a smart move for any homebuyer, ensuring peace of mind and uncovering hidden problems that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Oct 28, 2023 02:38 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty in my opinion a home inspection is a must whether it is new or existing construction.

Oct 28, 2023 03:41 PM
Brian England
Ambrose Realty Management LLC - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I always advise for people to have their new home inspected throughout the process but most will not do that and trust the builder more than they should be trusted.  Some builders also won't allow it or make it difficult to have the property inspected by a third party and that should throw up a red flag.

Oct 29, 2023 05:15 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty

If any builder will not allow inspections, I advise my buyer to move on.

Oct 29, 2023 07:01 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Jeff... always, always, always! At the very least an inspection needs to be done pre-drywall and before final walk-through.

Oct 29, 2023 06:59 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, even more so on new construction homes.   Have seen so many short cuts and errors made.

Oct 29, 2023 01:26 PM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is good advice to share.

I hope you are having a very productive October.

Happy Halloween!

Oct 31, 2023 09:26 AM