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Should an inspection be done on a newly built home

When purchasing existing homes in the past, I have always done a home inspection. Is it necessary to do an inspection on a home that is newly built and never been lived in?
  • November 12 2008 - US
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YES!

  • November 12 2008
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Oh heck ya!   And if you do buy new construction have your home inspector come back before your 1 yr with the builder.   We had a nice long punch list for our builder and they fixed everything, and often times it takes living in the house for that year to see and find the issues (nail pops, warping, etc).  

  • November 12 2008
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Yes. Remember that the inspections already done have been done by government employees.

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YES!!!!

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Absolutely!  Builders are pretty good at making things look good, despite what is beneath the surface.  Also, be sure to keep all your warranty info, and have it all in writing.

Good luck!

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It does not matter if the home is brand new or what the age is, you should ALWAYS hire your own inspector to inspect any home you are considering buying.   

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Yes, government employees who have been paid off!  So when a crane in Manhattan comes crashing down and crushes everyone and everything in its path, that means another city inspector just got an early Christmas bonus!

  • November 12 2008
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Absolutely! Every home you buy should have a home inspection done prior to the sale.

  • November 14 2008
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ABSOLUTELY!!!

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I would inspect it then inspect it again after any inclement weather thah occurs between contract and purchase dates.  And for good measure expect it once more in between that time. 

 

I've had short-sighted clients refuse to do inspections because they want to save a few bucks and I've actually paid for an inspector to come out because I just cant let someone open themselves up to that kind of liability. 

 

When you buy a house you're simply trying to create a chain of people to blame and sue if something goes wrong so why give yourself one less person to seek compensation from?

 

COVER YOUR BUTT AS MANY TIMES AS POSSIBLE WHENEVER POSSIBLE

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Yes you always want a home inspection!!!. Also, make sure you look into the builders home warranty to see what it covers.

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Yes by all means retain the right to inspect and do it.  At a minimum you will learn a great deal about the home and more likely than not, the inspector will point out a thing or two that will get action from the builder because of the legitimacy a formal inspection adds to the "tick list" process. 

 

Good luck.

  • November 14 2008
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Yes!  Absolutely!

 

We had a house custom built and hired an independent inspector before closing.    The list of items discovered added up to about 5% of the house price in addition to the punch list from the contractor.

 

 

 

  • November 15 2008
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Always Hire a Home Inspector!

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Always have an inspection

 

Although your question has been answerd.

 

Best of luck on your new home

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Yes......no matter how good a new construction home looks...paying a private inspector is always worth the money you pay.  Typically they only cost about $200-300 and even best case scenario they don't find anything major they will still give great recommendations etc.

 

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Ok, this is a spam free zone. Don't include your links with future posts, please. You've been flagged.
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Quick story:

New home, lovely family moves in, months later the whole family is sick.  The house smells horrible.  Finally, a home inspector is called to find the problem.  Uh, the plumbing was not completed and the sewage was duping in the crawl space.  Gross but true.

 

Inspections are important.

 

With the other poster who wishes you happiness in your new home!!!

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Yes!  Have one done.  It may cost a couple of hundred bucks, but it could save you thousands.  Sometimes builders try and cut corners to save some money...sad, but true.

Don't take your friendly builders "word", get the info first hand!

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Absolutely!  Even if it is a certified builder with a great reputation, you ALWAYS need an inspection.

  • November 16 2008
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By now you've figured out the answer to your question.  (Yes, have it inspected.)  Builders are not always looking over everything their contractors or employees do.  Sometimes even the best builders can make the mistake of hiring a contractor who does poor work.

  • November 17 2008
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It absolutely is a necessity. Along with the other responses, some defect or questionable conditions still may not be obvious to the homeowner. With new construction one has some warranties and safety net that may save heartache and frustration down the line.

  • November 20 2008
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