You might wonder why you would need a home inspection on new construction. After all, the home is brand new and it should be free of defects and other issues. Paying for a home inspection may feel like a waste of money. However, there are good reasons to order an inspection of your new house. Let’s look at how an inspection can be helpful.

What is a Home Inspection?

During an inspection, your inspector will examine all the systems of the home, including the appliances, structural components, roofing, electrical panel, and foundation.

The home inspector provides you with a complete evaluation of the property so you know about any issues, defects, and safety concerns. A home inspection on new construction guarantees that you are making a solid investment. If you make sure the home is in great shape, you won’t have to make repairs immediately after moving in.

Common Problems Discovered When Inspecting a New Construction

You hope your new home is free from defects. However, there are many different companies sub-contracted to work on a new build. Each company will have employees to help with the project: framers, plumbers, electricians, and roofers. Mistakes might be made or there may be defective materials. Here are some of the typical issues home inspectors find when performing a home inspection on new construction.

  • Air leaks around windows or doors that affect energy efficiency
  • Poor gutter installation and problems with grading and drainage
  • Incorrectly wired outlets, poorly installed fixtures, and missing switch plates
  • Improper installation of piping, water leaks, and reversed hot and cold water taps
  • Foundation cracks
  • Poor framing and insufficient insulation
  • HVAC issues
  • Poorly installed handrails and missing hardware

When Should I Order a Home Inspection on New Construction?

Order an inspection before closing on your new home. This will allow time for your inspector to make a thorough assessment of the property. He or she will find issues and oversights from the construction. Your builder can then make repairs or remedy any safety concerns before you move in.

An inspection will provide a solid understanding of the condition of your new home. Hire an inspector before closing to know you’re moving into a safe home that is in great condition.

RE/INSPEX offers home inspections, including new construction inspections, to northwestern North Carolina. Contact us to request our services.