Missing roof shingles;
A deck that is not flashed or bolted to the house;
A bathtub drain not hooked up;
Improperly wired breakers;
Improperly vented attic space;
Hole in the shower;
Broken windows and doors;
No water pressure in the tub/shower;
Non- functioning heating system;
What do all of these defects have in common?
They were all issues that were uncovered on brand new construction. There are still some people who recognize the need for a professional home inspection on new construction, and these are just a few of the items that I can remember from some of these inspections. The important thing to remember is, the general contractor, his employees and sub-contractors, and even the local code enforcement officials, are all human. As such, they are all capable of making mistakes, and mistakes do happen. It is good to have an extra set of eyes check things out for you, there may be some issues that your home inspector finds that the builder was not aware of. The builders should not be offended if something is discovered and addressed before closing, it is much easier and cheaper to fix the problems while his work crews are still on site than to have them come back later. As I see it, it is a positive for everyone involved. So next time you are thinking of forgoing an inspection on a new home because it is not necessary, I would ask you to think again.
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