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Grace, Home Buyer in New Jersey

Is it necessary to get an inspection for a new construction?

Asked by Grace, New Jersey Wed Oct 24, 2007

I will be closing on a new construction property in about 1 month. Should we get our own inspection done before the closing? Why or why not?

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Well, I would always recommend that my client do a home inspection but I wouldnt worry too much i were you. I mean all new construction is grilled by the town inspectors and depending on the builder (if a large syndicate) should also make you feel more comfortable. KEEP IN MIND THE 10 YEAR BUILDER WARRANTY from the state for most major defects. I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMMEND TESTING FOR RADON. As code all new construction will have a passive system in the home so if RADON is over 4.0 picocuries, then all the seller has to do is add a radon mitigation fan in the attic.

======================BE SURE TO LOOK OUT==========================
Depending on the builder large or small, often they buy appliances in bulk. make sure the manufactorers warranty on the applainces is from the time you're buying the home and not when the builder bought the appliances. GOOD LUCK!
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3 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2007
In new construction I usually recommend home inspections at 4 to 5 stages of the building process. This gives you assurance that everything is going well along the way, and if there are any construction issues that can be raised early.

Since your new construction is only about a month away from being completed, there are some stages of inspection that would not be done, however, I would then recommend getting a 2 stage home inspection, one now, and one at completion.

This is especially important with the fact that many builders use sub contractors. The quality of one can be great while the next is not so great. Therefore, two homes side by side can be of different qualities. I have found that one of the biggest problems seems to be with air conditioning systems being installed improperly. Catching any issues before you take possession can avert many future issues.

Most builders are very good, but there can often be a couple of issues that should be fixed before closing
2 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 25, 2007
Absolutely! Because the house is new construction does not mean that it is built properly or to code. My inspectors often find more problems with new houses than older construction.
2 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2007
I always recommend an inspection on any home. Often the things that the inspector finds more than cover the price of paying him. If it's new construction the repair cost is usually under warranty.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Dec 31, 2007
As a Home Inspector I highly recommend having an inspection done! That being said, as a buyer and a builder I also know that details sometimes get missed, and not all problems are caught by code inspections.
An inspection by a licensed professional is a must on any new construction. Just because it's new doesn't mean that there may not be problems.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 31, 2007
New construction needs to be inspected by a licensed home inspector. The builder is responsible for any and all repairs of the home.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 25, 2007
I would recommend having a home inspection on new construction with a licensed home inspector. It should be done before settlement so that any issues that arise can be addressed before that time.This is the best way to learn about your new home and to also insure that everything has been done the way it's supposed to be.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2007
It is probably not required in your area. Most do not get one on new construction. However, in my opinion, that is probably the time you need it most!! You want to make sure your new home is a high quality build so you will not run into as many unexpected problems shortly after you've bought it.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2007
A home inspection is not only for finding defects. It is also an opportunity for you as the new homeowner to learn more about your property. I recommend having a list of 3-5 questions you have for your home inspector. The questions can pertain to the construction process, the homes current state, and even pertain to the future.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 19, 2016
I STRONGLY urge you to get an inspection. While most people think a new home has no flaws, this is not always the case.

Some builders are notorius for short cuts. Some items are things you may not know you are entitled to. Some builders do not review their Radon testing policy with you until you are at or past the deadline to have one performed.

My favorite is the builder who refuses to install proper flashing around their windows because the windows have a channel built in and are called self flashing." I printed out the manufacturer's installation manual on site and showed the Project Manager where it specifically states that "proper flashing must be installed..." or the warranty is invalidated (not to mention they are sure to leak).

I have also found uninstalled or missing connections for dishwashers, missing outlets, missing hose bibs, AC units not installed, mold on framing, code violations in garages (a frequent one), and much more.

Absolutely get an inspection.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 4, 2008
Sometimes an inspector will make a recommendation that exceeds the town's minimum code. Definitely, you should get an inspection. The inspector will catch small oversights and create a punchlist.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Nov 3, 2007
Deborah Madey, Real Estate Pro in Brick, NJ
Do not close if there are items not corrected. Try chasing a builder and their subs after they have been paid.

If there are items after closing, remember be nice to the messanger and the labor, but be stern with builder.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 31, 2007
You should always get a home inspection. Of course during your inspection period.

Raquel Zapata-Gonzalez
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2007
Thanks for your responses! I already have a list of inspectors in my area from the ashi website. I was going to ask my realtor for two or three recommendations as well. The advice we were also given was that although it is a new construction, our own personal home inspection would walk us through every "nook and cranny" so that we know where the turn off valves are, etc.

Thanks for the tip about the Radon and Appliances Justin!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 24, 2007
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