Prior to becoming a home inspector I spent over 10 years working as a project manager for new construction homes. I know the pressure a builder can feel to complete the project on time. I also saw the stress a new build can put on a buyer.
There’s no question that the housing market in our area is hot. It’s great to see the increase of new construction, but in today’s market, where builders are building as fast as possible to keep up with demand, pressure and stress is often amplified.
A home inspection prior to closing helps ease some of a buyer’s concerns. It’s a professional opinion of a third party. The report summarizes and quantifies issues and puts to sleep a buyer’s worry of the unknown.
A new construction home inspection gives a builder a final punch list of items to complete prior to occupancy. Typically the listed items are minor, but issues of consequence are occasionally found, including;
• No attic ventilation
• Missing insulation
• Water leaking from walls, ceilings
• Outlets not working
Over the years, I have heard people say there isn’t radon in new construction, which just isn’t true. It does not matter if the home is 1 or 100 years old – radon gets into houses. I recently completed a radon test on a newly constructed house with a passive system installed, and the test came in over 11.0 picocuries. That level is above the action level of 4.0 that the EPA has set and they would recommend mitigation.
Buying a newly built home is often an individual’s largest investment of their life. Considering the home’s price, closing costs, and other expenses associated with purchase, the fee for a home inspection is well worth the buyer’s peace of mind and a sense of a more complete product.