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
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.
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 :)
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.
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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!
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!