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Sam, Home Buyer in 94578

Is it a good idea to get an inspection on a two year old condo that has only been used as a model and not lived in?

Asked by Sam, 94578 Sat Jun 12, 2010

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I find more mold and radon related issues in new homes as a consequence of "Unusually Tight" California construction. More indoor air quality issues have triggered a change in the next code cycle. More air is needed from the outside. Irrigation pounding at the siding (wall cladding) may be damaging this home. AFCI (not GFCI) devices are rarely installed correctly. Not unusual to find extension cords to dishwashers and cook tops. Really!

Find a qualified home inspector at http://www.CREIA.org or http://www.ASHI.org
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Just because it's only two years old doesn't mean it won't or doesn't have any problems, or that everything is working perfectly. You have no guarantees that the unit was built according to building codes, or that electrical

But a property inspection will guarantee you peace of mind, along with the knowledge that if there's anything that needs fixing, you have the option to submit a request for repairs, or move on.

Good luck.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 12, 2010
Hello Sam

It's always a good idea to get an inspection regardless of how old the property is. Look at it this way, You'll be spending maybe $600 to save thousands down the line if something bad comes up. Good luck :)

Kamal Randhawa
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 18, 2010
Definitely. Just because a home is virtually new it doesn't mean that there aren't any structural problems. I have had several clients who bought new homes and had structural issues from day one.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 13, 2010
I would, a home inspection is cheap insurance, just because a property is almost new does not mean it does not have problems a good home inspector can point out any construction defects and problems systems such a furnaces, air conditioners and appliances might have. You would hate to buy a property and find out after the fact that something major was done incorrectly. It is a lot easier to ask a seller to deal with a problem before the sale than it is to try and make them make good after the fact. Also be sure to get a home warranty just incase an appliance fails after you buy.

Good luck

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 13, 2010
Hi Joe,

You should always get a home inspection no matter how new it is. Also make sure you are there at the time of inspection. Walk around with the inspector to see how detailed his inspection is. Ask him questions so he can point out the normal issues and the not so normal issues that you should be concerned about.

You may also be able to negotiate a better price with the builder/sales office if the inspection reveals any issues in the condo.

Meena Gujral
Help-U-Sell Achievers Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 13, 2010
Hi Sam,
Yes you have to get an inspection. Inspections are not that expensive, but they money you will save if it prevents you from buying a "lemon" or something with hidden defects..far outweighs it's cost.
Do yourself a favor and get that inspection!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 13, 2010
Absolutely..........it's agood idea to have an inspection on a "brand new" home. Protect your interests and have an inspection done!!!!

Guaranteed, the inspection will turn up something!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 13, 2010
Sam, you should ALWAYS have a home inspection done when purchasing a property!

Dot Chance
Keller Williams Realty
DRE #01494182
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 12, 2010
Something else to add to your list of things to do: if you're getting an FHA loan, find out if this is an FHA-approved project because there are so few of them.

And Joe is right about finding dishwashers that needed to be plugged ---- under the sink, where water can leak. Just saw one of those in a house that was remodeled by a contractor!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 12, 2010
You should always get a home inspection, even on new construction. A home inspector works on your behalf, and there can be many things wrong even though it was a "model". Since it has never been lived in, is there a builder's warranty? If so, your inspection report can become your "punch out list".
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I think it is always a good idea to get an inspection. You don't know if the builder did a good job or a bad job, or if someone broke the dishwasher, or if the electrical was hooked up right, or if the toilet was properly installed. I have seen just as many problems in new construction as I have seen in a 100 year old house.
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Absolutely YES! Jacqueline said ir right. builders sometimes do not do the job write and the only way to find out is through a professional home inspection, no matter how nice it looks, even to the point that it is used as a model home, it could have some serious defects. The cost of an inspection is a lot cheaper than the cost of a "minor" repair. Good luck! Contact me if you need references for local home inspection companies.
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Absolutely......even new homes have problems! I always recommend a complete physical inspection is performed by a reputable company. There are many examples of homebuilders facing litigation because of construction issues, so make sure you know what you are buying.
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