This is the last chance to inexpensively correct problems such as: Incorrect
plumbing, missing electrical outlets, missing insulation, fire blocking, poor
ductwork routing and bad framing.
New Home Inspections
Does a New Home Need an Inspections? The simple answer is yes! Let's explore
some aspects of home building. First the builder is motivated to make a profit
from the contruction of the house. Therefore, the builder is forced to control
cost as much as possible. Sometimes this equates to using cheaper labor or
inferior parts and supplies. The subcontractor who bids the lowest is motivated
to do their part with the least expense and effort to profit as mush as they
can. This subcontractor is also trying to get as many jobs in a day that they
can to make up for the low bids they offer. We also have to wonder why they are
the cheapist? Is it from lack of experience? I have seen final stages of framing
missing key support in load bearing walls. Missing electrical connections, open
ductwork in wall spaces. All that would be concealed by sheetrock and unknown to
the home buyer. And remember I mentioned parts? The builder might substitute a
less expensive part over the correct part to save a few dollars. Often this item
will go unnoticed for years by the home buyer until a situation occurs. Such as
moisture intrusion, mechanical break down or even compromised safety. The
quality of life and the house can suffer. Even with a concencious builder who is
trying to provide a quality product is still at the mercy of subcontractors,
time constrants, budget issues and the overall complexity of the modern home.
New safety devices like the
Arc Fault Breaker
come out or building codes change. Sometimes things just get overlooked.
It is always better to have another set of eyes looking at your new investment.