Do I need a home inspection for a new build?

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A Home Inspection in Sea Girt is not necessary if I’m buying a new house. It is not true. Not true. New homes are not perfect homes. People build homes in uncontrolled environments. This means that there are always risks of humans making mistakes and external factors like weather and constraints. A new home will have fewer problems and more issues than a house built in 1950, 1900 or any other year.

We have not yet inspected every home, and we don’t think we will ever. We find recurring issues in new homes often due to subcontractor defects, poor communication or incomplete installations. While the builder’s 1-year warranty covers most items we find in new homes, we believe it is beneficial for our clients to identify these issues before closing so they can be addressed quickly. It’s almost like we’re helping our clients to sort out the details on a faster timeline to avoid unnecessary hassles.

First, you need to realize that no home is perfect. Even the best-intentioned builders will not be able to create a perfect home. It is important to understand what an acceptable margin for error is and what should be fixed by the builder. We look for items in new construction inspections that are deeper than required to pass a punch list or blue tape walk through. These blue tape items are usually superficial aesthetic items that can be easily identified during a homeowner walkthrough. An inspector will inspect the home to ensure that it has been built correctly and that all systems, including plumbing, electrical, fixtures, and appliances, have been properly installed. Sometimes, the builder may have defective components or materials. It is easy to overlook certain areas when a home is being built. This is especially true when multiple subcontractors perform different tasks under one roof. Poor or insufficient communication between subcontractors and builders can lead to major problems. Sometimes we will find things that have only been partially installed. These include exhaust fans that have been ducted outside but no vent penetration to allow the exhaust to exit the home. There have been instances where the attic insulation was not properly installed or left out altogether. This is an oversight on the part of the builder. There have been instances where carpet and flooring installers covered up cooling and heating registers. On the other hand, a third-party inspector can provide less strict oversight and help ensure quality control and detail.

 

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