Have Your New Home Inspected


So, you’ve bought a plot of land and are ready to build your dream house.
It’s exciting to watch your home grow from a speck of dust into a fabulous structure with all the bells
and whistles at your command.
However, there’s a thorn in every rose, and one way to avoid getting pricked is to have a licensed home
inspector at your side.
When we hire a contractor, we tend to give a lot of gravity to what they say and assume that they always
know what they are doing. However, unscrupulous behavior or momentary mistakes can come from almost any
construction firm, and the homeowner is the one who will ultimately pay the price.
As a precaution, it is wise to invest in a licensed home inspector to ensure the home was constructed
according to legal codes.
Your home inspector will check the materials and installation of essential components of the home to
ensure that they meet legal requirements. This will include the plumbing system, electrical wiring,
sturdiness of the foundation, spacing from exterior wall to the fence or pool, satisfactory framing, and
a myriad of other factors that need to be verified.
If a new construction home is built outside of city codes, the property will not be able to be re-sold
until it gets the OK from the new buyer’s inspector. In addition, faulty wiring or sewage systems can
cost a homeowner thousands of dollars in repairs and higher insurance premiums.
To be safe and sane when venturing into a brand new construction, don’t worry about offending your
contractor. You have to take care of your own interests first and get an official opinion from the
inspector to ensure your new home is safe to live in and will meet the grade for re-sale.
Red flags
Some contractors will communicate false and misleading information to the homeowner by giving vague and
ambiguous answers to tough questions.
You may hear excuses such as they are building under industry standard conditions without clearly
defining what they mean. This is a red flag to the homeowner and should be cause for alarm.
In addition, watch out for rebuttals that the contractor will take care of shoddy work under the
warranty, as this is no excuse to build outside of city codes in the first place.
Your best bet is to get a neutral home inspector who you find yourself, and who has no ties with your
contractor’s company. Check the phone book or ask your real estate professional to recommend someone he
knows and trusts.
Your new home is a significant investment, and you owe it to yourself to ensure everything is finished
correctly. If your contractor is a seasoned professional and has nothing to hide, he or she will stand
with you in agreement to bring in an outside party for inspection.
You also may check your contractor’s references with online feedback forums listing the pros and cons
from prior clients. These can steer you away from a questionable contractor that could turn your dream
home into a nightmare.
Knowledge is power, so get all you can before you begin to build. Your contractor may work magic with
bringing your house into being, but your home inspector is your watchdog to make sure you get everything
you paid for, including safety and security.

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