New home owners may think that a newly built home doesn’t require a home inspection because their local building inspector checks their property before issuing a “COO”. The fact of the matter is, a new home buyer can benefit from using a professional home inspector during the construction and completion of their new home.
“Why does a newly constructed home need an inspection?”
It is understandable to assume state or local government officials oversee the builder and contractors, and that the local town or city building inspectors inspect the property. However, due to their busy schedules, few if any municipal inspectors are able to put in the time in the home to completely check all elements of construction. A home inspection by an objective expert could uncover code violations missed.
Even if the contractor you choose to build your new home/ property is highly recommended for quality work; the majority of construction projects are usually subcontracted out to the lowest bidder who tries to complete it as fast as they can.
If your builder does not allow you to bring a private home inspector on site, this should raise a couple of questions:
Why won’t the builder allow the home inspector on site?
What does the builder have to hide?
At this point you should be thinking hard about proceeding with the purchase and you should also be consulting with your attorney.
Most new builders offer a warranty period for the new homeowner. However, be careful and read the fine print because not everything is covered. Your best bet is to have your property inspected by Anchor Home Inspection.
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