Buying your new home is one of the most exciting events of your life. It gives you an opportunity to live your dream. It is a blank canvas where you can pick out customized countertops, floor coverings, paint colors, lighting fixtures, and just about anything you like.
However, before you plan the house warming party for your friends and family, don’t overlook the fact that your newly constructed home will require a professional inspection from a Home Inspection Service in San Antonio, Tx.
Why, you ask?
Here are the 5 compelling reasons why you need a home inspection for a newly constructed home.
A New Home doesn’t Mean a Flawless Home
An average house has more than 10,000 interdependent parts that have an impact on the functioning of several other parts.
When you consider all of the subcontractors including roofers, plumbers, electricians, etc. you may begin to understand the complexity associated with constructing a new home.
Here are just a few examples of finding from new construction inspections:
- Vents/ducting systems inaccurately routed or attached
- Improperly wired receptacles can be a possible fire hazard
- Missing or incorrectly installed siding
- The absence of required flashing in several areas including chimneys, roofs, etc. that may cause water penetration into the home
- Water intrusion underneath the shingles due to raised roof shingles
- Poor drainage system. (Some builders bury the downspout extensions that will work for a short duration of time.)
Fix the Issues before you Move-in
If such deficiencies are identified during your new home inspection, it provides enough time for the builder to correct/repair these issues before you actually move in. Moreover, prioritize the safety items needed to protect you and your family.
Home Inspectors Are Different from Municipal Inspectors
Various countries are adopting building violation codes to keep their jurisdictions a safe place to live. Building violation codes set certain criteria for the renovation or construction of buildings. However, it does not guarantee the best practices in constructing the house.
Municipal building inspectors work on behalf of the government agency. While a home inspector is a third-party entity working independently for the home buyer. To perform a legal inspection, a home inspector must earn a state-issued license to meet the necessary requirements of the standards of practice.
Moreover, the municipal inspectors are very busy as they need to cover as many home inspections as possible (sometimes more than 30) within a span of 4 to 8 hours.
Don't Rely on the Builder’s Inspector
Most of the builders hire their own home inspectors to look for the problems for new homeowners. But the issue is that they are paid by the builder and as a result, they can be biased.
A third-party inspector hired by the buyers will work in the best interest of buyers. Beware any builder who does not want any third-party home inspectors on the site. Every buyer must include the details of the home inspection before signing a sales contract.
Contractor Standards may Vary Regionally
There are home builders out there who have spent years sharpening their skills and knowledge to get the license. In Texas, some housebuilders including carpenters and handymen don’t need to be licensed by state law.
Visit the Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation’s website to check out the profiles of contractors that require a state license in Texas. Most common among them are
- Pump installation specialists
- Refrigeration specialists
- Fire systems specialists
- Drilling specialists
- HVAC contractors
- Interior designers & landscapers
A home inspector can offer an impartial evaluation of the current condition of your property.
A Home Inspection Increases the Resale Value
Selling your home at some point in the future is probably the last thing you consider while buying a new home. However, if you decide to sell your home, the next buyer is most likely to call for a home inspection before they decide to purchase it.
After a home inspection, you may discover some of those issues that you never knew they even existed. But it will be too late to call your builder to resolve such issues. Now is the best time to clarify the hidden problems.
New construction gives you the benefit of a third-party home inspection. You are more likely to gain insights into the house's vulnerabilities and attributes.
It is always recommended to have a home inspection (if possible) during the different phases of construction. It is the best time when different components of the under-construction house are visible.
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