So you found the perfect home in the perfect location for yourself or you and your family. The builder is awesome, and you’ve known your realtor forever. And, to top it off, you are getting a one year warranty. What could go wrong? Well, even if all parties involved are well intentioned, things happen.
On your final walk-through you will mark any defects you find and hopefully the builder will take care of them. The problem is, you will likely only explore places you are familiar with and usually go in a home. You probably will not go in the attic, certainly not the crawlspace (if any), and maybe not look at all of the exterior walls. If you do look at the water heater or furnace, do you really know what you are looking for?
I always assume that all parties do have your best interests in mind, but a lot of different people were involved in building your home, and things go unnoticed. You might miss it on the walk through, your busy life goes on, and the 1 year warranty period is two years in the rear view mirror when your shingles start to curl because they forgot to put in the attic louver vents, or your home floods because someone forgot to install the safety pan plumbing at the water heater.
Most inspectors out there inspect 1-3 homes per day, all year long. They look for things most people don’t know exist. And they do this every work day. Why not pay the fee (usually in the $300 range) before you sign on the dotted line with the bank for tens of thousands of dollars? Your deductible on your homeowner’s insurance is a lot more than the cost of the inspection should you have to address the two repairs I mentioned above.
My recommendation: Always Get a Good Home Inspection, Even if the Home is Brand New, and Even if the Home Comes with a Warranty.
Scott Price, CPI, #1532
Certified Home Inspector
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