Definitely a good idea to hire a 3rd party home inspector. Make sure that you use one that is licensed by TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission). Your home inspector will likely check the home several times throughout the building process. In the future, you should hire a Realtor to represent you (even if you buy new construction again). Your Realtor will make sure that your best interests are being met...the builder/seller has someone working for them, and you should too. There is usually no cost to you as a buyer to have a Realtor represent you. This is likely the largest and most expensive item you have purchased - and you want to make sure your interests are protected.
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Coldwell Banker Jane Henry Realtors
Builders will always tell you that there is no need for a private inspection. They will explain that you have a full one year "bumper-to-bumper" warranty that covers everything and a 10 year structural warranty. All of this is true.....BUT, they don't tell you that there can be builder mistakes made by the various sub contractors that get overlooked....yes, even years after living in the home.
We always advise our buyers of new construction homes to have their own personal inspection. The fact of the matter is these inspections nearly always uncover problems...some small and petty, but others that can be major. Some of our new constructions inspections have revealed, black mold in the attic, missing roof tile, unconnected electrical outlets, clogged plumbing vents, missing appliance parts, etc.
The choice is always yours, but for the few dollars that it would cost for an inspection....it may be the best money spent on the project.
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1. Foundation: sound and solid
2. Roof free of leaks
3. Plumbing working and leak-free
4. Heating system sufficient and operating
5. Electrical system sufficient and up to code
If there is a serious problem with any of these five items, typically the Seller has a responsibility under the terms of the contract of sale to repair the problem at their expense, not the Purchaser's expense. Sometimes a Purchaser will receive a credit at closing to repair one of these items (assuming the home and the defective issue has not compromised the Lender's appraisal). When the Purchaser receives a credit at closing, the amount of the credit is based upon legitimate estimates for repair and negotiations between the Attorneys representing each party.
Other items you discover are in need of repair/upgrade (i.e. diswasher not operating properly; air conditioner on second floor inoperable, etc.) can be negotiated for a repair credit or replacement at the Seller's expense. Again, these negotiations are handled by the Attorneys.
It is extremely RARE that a purchase price is reduced due to repairs from a Home Inspection. Best to consult with your Attorney for more detailed information in this area.
If you don't already have a good real estate Attorney and you're shopping for homes, you need to reverse your process. First, get properly prequalified for mortgage financing by a Local Mortgage Banker. Second, line up your Attorney. Third, line up your Home Inspector. Fourth, line up a great local Realtor with personal experience in the area in which you'd like to buy.
Keller Williams Dallas Preston
SAD many people BELIEVE they can do real estate themselves... WHERE things go wrong TOOOO late for a Realtor or attorney become involved. Save a few $,$$$ without an agent BUT on the largest purchase any family will ever make their life .. .never adds up to me personally or professionally.
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Michael L. Brownstead, GRI
Ebby Halliday RealtorsÂ®
8920 Coit Rd., Ste. 100Plano, TX 75025
I have inspected many new homes with issues that need to be repaired or replaced. Safety hazards are routinely discovered as well.
Systematic Home Inspections
Basically, if you don't like something, ask that they fix it. Before you close is your best opportunity to get the builder to make it right. Don't expect everything to be perfect on the first walk thru. This is why you need the inspection.
Very experienced. He even teaches classes for other inspectors. He is professional and will explain the results to you as well as provide a written report. Remember, the builder isn't working for you, so hire your own inspector who does represent your interest.
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