March 8, 2016

5 Reasons to Get a Reliable Home Inspection on New Homes

Buying or building a new home in the Dallas Fort Worth Area is one of the most important and expensive decisions one will make in their lifetime. It is an exciting and often very overwhelming process and with so many details that need to be addressed the home inspection often gets marginalized and even overlooked. The mistake of not getting a new home inspected is a common misconception, because as consumers we’ve been conditioned to assume that products of all types come without defects.

This is absolutely not true and I’d like to share with you five reasons one should always get a home inspection:

  1. Problems with new construction homes is less common than you think. It is so incredibly important because as a result of multiple subcontractors and their employees each working on a different system of the house usually without regard to anyone's progress but their own. With all the separate activities occurring at the same time, it is nearly impossible for the builder to carefully check all phases of construction.

    Even the best builders may miss something. Here are a few examples of problems found in newly built homes:
    • Broken roof trusses
    • Missing siding
    • Ducts completely unattached to the heating and air conditioning unit - Missing insulation in homes being sold as Energy Star energy-efficient homes
    • Organic growth on crawl space wood framing
    • Raised roof shingles allowing water to penetrate underneath the shingles
  2. Aside from revealing the issues that need to be addressed, depending on what they are, it allows for possible negotiation on price. As a safety net, language can be inserted into the purchase contract that allows you to back out if major issues are revealed.
  3. Locating any issues before you buy gives you the ability to fix the problems prior to moving into your new home and the defects can be repaired before they result in serious consequences or costly damage.
  4. No matter the age of the home, there can be costly troubles unknown to the average buyer. Problems with wiring, plumbing and easement may not be visible during a showing and you’ll want to get an expert opinion. This is why hiring an inspector with extensive experience in new home construction and an education aiding in the understanding of the building science behind the codes. Our team at Reliable Real Estate Services has performed over 10,000 home inspections over the course of 18 years in the Dallas / Fort Worth area exclusively
  5. Lastly, if and when you decide to sell your home down the road, the buyer will be having it inspected. Problems that may have occurred at the point of original construction will be discovered, regardless of whether you knew of their existence. Getting the builder involved at this point is not an option. You now own all the problems in your home.

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