The Seven Most Costly Misconceptions About Home Inspections – Misconception #5
Misconception #5: If you are buying a brand new home you don’t need an inspection.
“Simply not true. Many people believe that if they are buying a new home that everything is new and going to work perfectly.
“Nothing could be further from the truth. While buying a new house is great because no one has lived in it and everything is brand new, from the carpet to the roof, this does not mean everything was put together right.
“In fact, over many years of experience, I have found that we find some of the strangest problems and situations in brand new homes.
“In one case we discovered that the main sewer drain line from the house had been collapsed under the weight of the tractor that was used to grade the front yard. The hose partially flooded during the inspection. “Another time the builder somehow forgot to have any insulation put in the attic. That would have been a costly utility bill.” “And just one last example was the home that both of the standing showers had been installed with no shower pans. Water literally ran down the exterior walls when the showers were tested. Since this was on the outside of the home, it may have been months or years before it was discovered.
“Of course, the building in each case went back in and fixed these items. And I am sure he would have done so even after you move in, but don’t risk it. My recommendation is that you don’t put yourself or your family through having to chase the builder down that may or may not really care and fix the problem in a timely manner while your family has to work around the problem.