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:
- 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