9 Common Issues With New Construction Homes
At Details Home Inspections we fully understand that buying a new home for your family is serious business. This is true whether the home is new construction or a modest fixer-upper. Due to the looming financial responsibility of this large investment, getting the lowdown of what lies beneath the surface of your potential home is of huge importance.
This is where a qualified and thorough home inspector comes into play. This step is so valuable and is always your best bet for an honest home evaluation. Including this as a requirement of closing is a good idea so you can have a general understanding of what you are getting yourself into before you sign the papers and lay down some cash.
So, if you're in the market for a new home or are a real estate agent and are not sure if a home inspection is worth the cost, we could definitely show you the value. Contrary to popular belief, even a bright and shiny new-construction home can come with some serious issues.
Also, if you own a new home and didn't have it inspected before you bought it, now might be a good time to fit that in before your one-year warranty is up. Click here to read about our 11th-month inspections!
If you are working directly with a builder for your new home, they should welcome the opportunity to have the home checked out by a private home inspector prior to closing. This will give them the opportunity to address issues before they become major problems. Regardless of how thorough the municipal inspector is; mistakes can be missed in the process.
Below is a list of commonly missed issues in new construction homes that may cause you to want to schedule an inspection with us right away:
1. Missing paint on the underside of trim boards and fascia boards- this is an important detail to prevent moisture intrusion
2. Missing or improperly pitched gutters
3. Missing or cracked caulking around interior windows or around the sink and shower areas
4. Improperly installed radon mitigation
5. Leaking shower heads which could lead to water damage
6. Garage door safety reverse not functioning causing a safety hazard
7. Missing insulation in the attic and/or crawlspace
8. Missing and damaged foundation wall vents
9. Disconnected exhaust vents in attic
All of these issues could lead to damage that may be costly to fix. Even smaller problems, like a leaky shower head, can balloon into a much bigger disaster if left unfixed.
At Details Home Inspections, it is our goal to help you avoid these common problems from the start, so that you can save time and money in the future. We aim to give you peace of mind and freedom from stress as you go about the closing process, and we do this by educating you about what lies within the bones of your home.