Much like buying a new car versus a used one, many home buyers prefer to purchase a newly constructed home because they believe they’re getting the latest and best components and they won’t have to do any repairs on the home for a long time.
To that end, a new home buyer may skip an important step in the home-buying process: the home inspection. After all, they may think a home inspection isn’t needed because the home is new and it comes with a one-year warranty by the builder to cover defects in workmanship and materials.
This is a big mistake. In fact, the buyer of a newly constructed home can greatly benefit from having an infrared home inspection during the construction and completion of their new home. Many buyers assume that the builders and contractors are overseen by local officials and that the local building inspector is in charge of making sure the home is safe.
This is true to some degree, but few if any municipal inspectors spend anywhere near the time necessary to fully inspect a home while it’s being built and finished out. Further, there could be hidden problems with the home that are not necessarily code violations but could have significant consequences for the new home buyer.
If the buyer of a new construction is to take the best advantage of the inspection clause in their contract, the first line of defense is to have an inspection during the construction phase where the most systems – electrical, plumbing, and the like – are exposed prior to being walled in.
Be aware that some builders prevent homeowners from bringing private home inspectors on site, which should make the potential buyer concerned.
Some of the issues often found during new construction home inspections include missing insulation, improper wiring, disconnected duct work, plumbing problems, and more.
If you’ve missed the opportunity to do an inspection during the construction phase, an infrared home inspection is your next best bet because with infrared the anomalies that are hidden to a standard home inspector are revealed. These may include misaligned duct work, overheating circuits, plumbing leaks, and more. Many of these issues will take time to reveal themselves – after the damage to your home is done – and an infrared home inspection prior to closing on your new construction home can make those issues clear before you move in.
See what difference infrared can make with your home inspection and call Andrew MacDonald, an experienced infrared home inspector for new homes near Elgin, Algonquin, and the surrounding area. Fill in our online form to request your infrared home inspection today.