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I am buying brand new house, Do I need to get it inspected?

  • August 01 2012 - US
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You always want an inspection for any purchase, whether it be a previously owned home, a new construction or an "AS IS". The inspection will alert you to what you are buying in any case. This way you become an informed buyer. In addition an inspection by an ASHI inspector will provide you with pertinent information about the property and how to maintain it and operate the various systems. In addition to the property inspection having a Wood Destroying Insects (WDI) inspection and a Radon test performed will provide you with the information to determine if this is a "dream house" or a "money pit"

  • August 24 2012
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Regardless of whether you are purchasing new construction or a vintage home, home inspection is ALWAYS a wise choice.  In addition to uncovering potential issues, home inspections are very useful to help home buyers understand items that may require maintenance in the future, and ask questions about your new homes internal systems (electric, plumbing, HVAC), and get independent perspective on the home in general. I, personally, would never buy a home without it!  Good luck!
  • August 24 2012
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After 5 years of trying, I learned today that my Wife is Pregnant, so I am in SUCH a WONDERFUL MOOD!!

ANYWAY, now back to my post.  Also today, My Pregnant Wife and I just finished the Home Inspection for our new Home in Westchester County.  The Inspection Company that we used was PRO CHEK Home Inspection Services, and I cannot say enough about them all!  Our inspector was very nice and extremely thorough, as well as helpful, beyond belief! I had 3 names of different inspection companies from my realtor and I decided to go with Pro Chek b/c they are a big company, offer a free Final Walk Thru Inspection and are able to work around my schedule, not me work around theirs!  PLUS, they offer a 12 month Warranty Inspection for FREE on all New Construction Homes. 

Anyway, I highly reccomend Pro Chek Home Inspection Services to everyone who is in need of a home inspection.

Good Luck

  • August 24 2012
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I would absolutely recommend a home inspection even if purchasing a brand new home.  They are just as susceptible to defects and as a buyer you don't want to have any surprises come up after purchase.
  • August 22 2012
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Reply:  Yes!!! - the right thing to do for the Buyer. And you're within the rules of real estate. Strongly recommend it..
  • August 22 2012
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No, you don't need  to but it's absolutely a good idea for peace of mind.  This way you have someone you hired come in and do an independent inspection  on the home. The builder will most likely fix anything that requires fixing.

Best of luck to you!
  • August 17 2012
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Absolutely.  Often times a new home has just as many "fix-its" as an existing home.  It is worth the peace of mind!
  • August 15 2012
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Congratulations on your purchase! Yes, I would recommend a home inspection. For piece of mind & to correct any outstanding issues.

  • August 15 2012
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Yes, for your protection a Home Inspection is well worth the money. Consider the issues from 2003-2007 with Chinese Drywall- if you dont have it inspected you may never know and this can cause health risks to certain people. Take the time to find a good well known and well respected inspector your agent shouls be able to provide you with a list of names.

 

 

  • August 14 2012
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Absolutely yes. You can think of it as a punch list for the contractor. A to do list of items that need to be finished or repaired. The contractor hires many subs to perform the work and relies on them to complete the work properly. A good contractor will welcome an unbiased opinion of the condition and quality of the home.
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YES! New does not mean no defects or issues.
  • August 14 2012
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Yes, This is quite possibly one of the biggest investments you will make in your life.  Even reputable builders make mistakes.  For the small amount you will pay for the inspection, it will bring a huge piece of mind. 
  • August 14 2012
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You don't need to do anything but hiring a reputable Home Inspector is always a good idea. Don't rely on the local building inspector to have seen everything. I've done inspections on new homes and have found issues. I have also done new home warranty arbitration and know that there are many sub contractors and people involved with building a home and things can happen. Not all issues will be visible to a home inspector and things can arise years after the home has been constructed but it's always a good idea to have a party not involved come take a look.
  • August 14 2012
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We recommend every home to be inspected, it is much better to be on the safe side when buying homes. Congratulations!
  • August 08 2012
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Every home buyer should have an inspection to make sure that all of the work completed is in accordance with local codes. For peace of mind I highly recommend an inspection.
  • August 08 2012
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Every new home has a "punch list" meaning things that were overlooked or in need of minor attention ranging from items in need of a little caulking to major code issues.  Inspection may give you a little leverage with the contractor in getting these things without negotiating price. Good luck and congratulations on your new home.
  • August 08 2012
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It's in your best interest to have the house inspected.  You will or should certainly sleep better if you one done.  Inspectors include lots of good information about the house in their reports.
  • August 08 2012
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We just purchased our new construction home and had a home inspection done. It helped to give us piece of mind. The only "problems" were cosmetic but during the inspection we also learned a lot about the house as well (which was reinforced during our New Home Buyer orientation from the builder as well as the final walkthrough).
  • August 08 2012
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Yes, You always have a home inspection on the home. You should have a 10 year warranty on the new home also.
  • August 08 2012
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Yes, is the official answer. I personally will carefully review the builder warranties and based on them, I,might invest my money on a home warranty that cost between 400-500 and will provide peace of mind even if things look well now.
  • August 08 2012
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You should have a home inspection, indeed.
  • August 01 2012
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I've never seen any new construction that didn't have "problems" and "corners cut".  It is not a "robotic assembly line manufactured product", and even if it was, those have a given percentage of defects coming off the line too.

Though it is hard to see under slabs and in walls to know all the issues, a good inspector will see the obvious and report it to you before you finalize the contract and take possession.  Builders are much more likely to actually correct their mistakes if they haven't really "sold" the unit yet, and they still have no revenue coming in for their investment.
  • August 01 2012
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Yes! You need to have it inspected. Buying a new house does not mean no issues. Many new houses are built with defects that an good inspector can uncover before you buy. 
  • August 01 2012
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A Home inspection is a no brainer! You get on. If you do not know one ask your agent to recommend several that they have worked with. Call around and check on them.
No matter how new or old a home is for your peace of mind always get an inspection done.
  • August 01 2012
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i would, not so sure about "home inspectors" anymore, you might contact real contractors and ask if they will inspect roofer/HVAC/plumbing/elec.

you might be able to omit some if you have a good home warranty
  • August 01 2012
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