Beware that some builders have prevented home inspectors from inspecting newly built houses. If you are in the process of buying a new home and the builder does not allow you to bring a home inspector on site, this poses a couple of questions; “Why won’t the builder allow the home inspector on site?” What does the builder have to hide? Refusal to allow a home inspector on the property is legally questionable and ethically reprehensible. Any builder who does business in this manner is not likely to provide responsive service if problems develop after the close of escrow. You might view this circumstance as a welcome warning and reconsider the wisdom of doing business with these people. At this point you should be thinking hard about proceeding with the purchase and pondering “is this the kind of contractor you want to be spending hundreds of thousands of dollars with”?
If a home buyer has missed the opportunity to have an inspection during the construction phase and final walk through, there may be time to come in afterwards. Most new builders offer a warranty period for the new homeowner, however, there are usually many items not covered by the warranty as well as limitations on those that are. Potential leverage is also gone as builders make there money “building” home not fixing problems
Even if the contractor you choose for building your house is known for quality work, the one following fact should motivate every new homebuyer to have a home inspection clause written into their contract to purchase.
FACT: The majority of construction tasks (foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, etc.) are usually subcontracted out to the lowest bidder, with speed, not quality being an important consideration for the builder. With many separate activities going on at the same time, it’s nearly impossible for the builder / contractor to personally monitor all phases of the home construction.
Warranty Inspections (prior to 1st anniversary)
Why have an inspection prior to the anniversary? Most builders only offer a comprehensive warranty for the first 12 months, thereafter warranty structural only. Having PCI conduct a comprehensive evaluation of all visible and accessible portions of the premises, including the plumbing, heating, and electrical systems, the roof, built-in appliances, fireplace, general quality of materials and workmanship will help you document any issues that are covered under the builders warranty. Our inspector’s will definitely reveal problems that you may not know about. Call today!
Many of the resale home inspections performed by Pacific Crest Inspections on properties that are less than five years old reveal the flaws that the new home builder could have corrected had the new home buyer discovered such flaws at the time prior to taking possession of their new home or during the warranty period.
By the time some of these flaws are detected the repairs are already extensive. Had the flaws been earlier detected, no matter how cosmetic they may seem, a lot of unexpected expenses could have been avoided. When these flaws are detected in the beginning or during the warranty period, the new home builder incurs the cost and burden of repair whereas when these flaws are discovered beyond the warranty period, the cost and burden of repair and correction now become solely the owners’ responsibility.
This is where the role of your Pacific Crest Inspections Professional becomes priceless. The cost to hire a Pacific Crest Inspections professional versus the cost of repairs when you resell your home is insignificant. Your Pacific Crest Inspections professional charges a modest amount but the cost of repairs could be several thousands of dollars. The price comparison between your Pacific Crest Inspections Professional and the possible cost and burden for unforeseen repairs makes very good economical sense to every new home investor.
Some great links:
Study Finds Builder-Buyer Disconnect
The Good Bad and the Ugly Truth about Construction – NJ State Report