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3 Things Buyer's Of New Construction Need To Know BEFORE Their Builder's Warranty Expires!

Over the years we hear Buyers of New Home Construction repeat the same three reasons over and over again as to why they didn't get a Home Inspection. Unfortunately they realize this after it's too late. Here's what they think:

Reason #1:  I Trust My Builder! 

The reality today is that most home builders don't even have tools and equipment.  The fact is most new home builders are financiers and occasionally job site managers. Who actually builds your new home are the sub-contractors that the builder hires to do the work.  So whether your new home is built correctly and complies with the current building code strictly depends on the knowledge and skill of the sub-contractors.   And speaking candidly, the quality of the sub-contractors varies greatly.  And most sub-contractors are unlicensed and unregulated, so who's looking over their shoulder?

Reason #2:  The House Is New What Could Be Wrong?

Even though all of the parts of the house you come in contact with each and every day appear fine, there's a lot more to your house than meets the layman's eye.

Here's the real issue; were the mechanical and structural components of the house put together properly.  And truthfully, most homeowners don't have the knowledge or skill to judge that aspect of a new home.

So here's what happens in many cases.  You go to sell your new home sometime in the future.  The buyer hires a home inspector to evaluate the property for them.  And low and behold the buyer's home inspector finds lots of things that were done improperly by the sub-contractors and now the buyer wants you to make the necessary repairs.

 So I'll ask you again, why should you pay for someone else's mistakes?  Also visit our photo gallery of new construction mistakes.

 Reason # 3:  The Municipal Building Inspector Inspected The Home!

 Here is a True Consumer Safeguard that has sadly gone bad! 

Because of the housing boom over the last few years many Municipal Building Inspectors are forced to conduct 40 to 70 inspections daily.  These inspections have been reduced from quality checks to "drive by" glances. As a former VA state licensed building contractor, I know this to be true.

 Municipal code inspectors are only concerned with safety compliance. They are not concerned with quality, workmanship, adequate design or other things that can have a significant impact on your homes value.

 So here's the long and short of the matter:  You Need An Independent Evaluation Of The Property By Your Professional Home Inspector To Protect Your Interests!

Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

I couldn't agree with you more.  Last year I had a buyer close on a brand new home and she didn't get a home inspection because it was new.  Earlier this year she called me to inform me that she found termites in her daughter's room.  Fortunately for her the builder resolved the problem.  Lesson learned always get a home inspection.

Sep 28, 2008 04:42 AM
John Mulkey
TheHousingGuru.com - Waleska, GA
Housing Guru

You're right. I built homes for 40 years and have seen the same reactions from my customers. I sold my last home about a year ago and the purchaser told me, "I trust you. I don't need an inspection." I recommended that he do get an inspection for the reasons you mentioned. While I felt I had built a great home, I realized that I could have missed something.  He did get the inspection, and while there were no problems, neither of us would be concerned that something had been overlooked.


Sep 28, 2008 04:50 AM
Sue White
BusinessTrainingTeam.com - Conway, SC


My brother purchased a new home about a year ago.  He is 55 years old and was purchasing his first house.  Fortunately, his realtor suggested he get a home inspection.  He asked me if I thought it was a good idea and I said "most definately".  The home inspector found several things that my brother would have never noticed and some of them probably would not have been a problem until his initial warrently had expired.  He saved hundreds of dollars and frustration with a simple home inspection.  I tell everyone I know that a home inspection is a necessity regardless of the age of the house.  Thanks for the blog.

Sue White

Sep 28, 2008 04:51 AM
Jim Frimmer
HomeSmart Realty West - San Diego, CA
Realtor & CDPE, Mission Valley specialist

I agree with all three of your reasons. I also agree with all three of your reasons. And, lastly, I agree with all three of your reasons.

It's an educational process, though, and until Realtors and Home Inspectors work more closely together as a team to solve problems for their Clients, that educational process will continue to be difficult.

Sep 28, 2008 05:19 AM
James C. Johnson
Legacy Real Estate - Sioux Falls, SD

Totally agree - i have been around developers for awhile and seen construction in several phases.  I was involved with one development recently that had a hired contractor - very nice homes.  When the new contractor was comming in ( a very trusted well know contractor) just him walking around started pointing out alot of major mistakes that needed corrected.  SO his crew first start out there was fixing all these mistakes.

Sep 28, 2008 05:22 AM
Louis Agudo
Home Sweet Home Inspection Services - Roswell, GA
Roswell Home Inspector

I believe the problem with new construction is lack of oversight. The owner of the company may or may not have any building experience. The owner delegates to the project mananger, who in turn delegates to the site foreman, who in turn delegates to the crew chief, who in turn, delegates, etc, etc. You get he picture. Nobody follow ups with quality control. Before you know it, mistakes are abundant and instead of repairing, it's easier to see if they are caught by a homeowner.


Sep 28, 2008 11:38 PM
Daniel Rogers
Final Analysis Home Inspections - Virginia Beach, VA
Virginia Beach Home Inspector

Pat - I'm surprised they found termites in new construction. Here in VaBeach they are required to pre-treat so it's rare to see termites in new construction. Glad the builder made it right.

John - Good move, both of you deserve the peace of mind that good faith brings.

Sue - Your observations are wise and your advice to your brother even wiser.

Jim - Thank you and Thank you and Thank you...builders warrenties are only as good as the builders honor.

James - to err is human and the new contractor saw this and hopefully can change that environemnt.

Louis  - I agree, a few checks and balances, some basic quality control wouldn't hurt. It can actually increase productivity for the builder.

Sep 29, 2008 03:18 AM
Jack Gilleland
Home Inspection and Investor Services, Clayton - Clayton, OH

Codes are the minimum standards by which a home/building may be built.  That in itself should say it all.

Sep 30, 2008 04:58 PM
Erol Kartal
Schaumburg, IL

Great post, Daniel. Buyers as we know often skip inspections on new homes. This is a big mistake. I've seen foundation wall cracks large enough to where water intrusion is occuring before the deal has even closed.

Jan 03, 2009 04:59 AM