Inspections for my New Home Purchase - Video
Let's talk about inspections on your home purchase. Much of this speaks to new home construction and whether or not you need inspections and if so, what types. You will be paying for these inspections out-of-pocket, and the costs vary among inspectors. You're the consumer and can choose who you want to do the work and what inspections to order. In In this YouTube real estate video, I go through a new home inspection walk through checklist to educate you on getting inspections for new construction.
Meet a Charlotte home inspector - AHI Residential - who shows samples of a Pre-Drywall inspection and a Final Inspection here>. And in this YouTube video, TJ Thorne of Howdy Home Inspections discusses proper grading, radon gas, as well as issues with roof trusses.
After the home is framed and before the drywall is installed is a great time for an inspection from a professional home inspector. Yes, the County is looking for code compliance all the way through the process and the construction superintendent (the Builder) is also checking. But they each have many homes being built and may not catch everything. Having your own knowledgeable advocate who is looking out for your best interests is important. My clients often have a Pre-Drywall inspection the day before their Pre-Drywall meeting with the Builder. Then you are empowered with your own inspection report to have the Builder address at your meeting. Plus, you have written documentation of issues that needed to be addressed.
Wondering what could go wrong, since everything is new? I often tell my clients that you have imperfect people and imperfect materials, so your house won't be perfect. Yet, for an investment of this size, isn't it smart to have as much help as you can to correct imperfections while you can? Things like missing attic insulation, improper electrical wiring, roof leaks due to damaged shingles and improperly installed flashing. You could discover plumbing issues that might cause water problems down the line, like loose plumbing connections or even reversed hot and cold water lines. Checking for incorrectly installed windows, fireplaces, or gas lines. Issues with stairways and stair railings may or may not be caught by the overworked code enforcement folks. Other things like damaged cabinets or appliances. It's great to have a close-up look inside your home before drywall covers up whatever could be there.
Even though most builders offer a one-year, bumper-to-bumper style warranty and most offer a ten year structural warranty (most often an insurance policy from a company like 2-10 Warranty), this final inspection really looks out for your best interests. And doing so before you close on your home is a great idea, so issues can be addressed while you still have some leverage. Now, I do a lot of new homes in my real estate practice, but if you're buying a resale home, you SURELY want a full home inspection to address any repair issues and negotiations during your Due Diligence period. Yet for new homes, people often think that since the County is inspecting for code compliance and the builder has a good reputation, that inspections are not needed."
Radon gas is the leading cause of lung cancer among non-smokers. Radon is a natural gas that comes into a home from the ground and it has no taste or smell. Radon gas can enter your home in a number of ways, including cracks and crevices that you may not know of. My next door neighbor has had his house mitigated due to radon gas levels in his basement. Yet my house (on a crawl space) has very low levels of radon and needed no mitigation. One of my clients purchased a new home on a slab foundation and the radon gas test detected unacceptable levels of radon. The following video shows how the radon mitigation company made her home safe.
One of Charlotte's home inspection companies, Howdy Home Inspections, says "You may be thinking that your home is not at risk because it is a newer home or it is well sealed. This is not the case. Any home is at risk for radon problems, and experts estimate that one out of every 15 homes does, in fact, have a radon problem. If your home has not been tested, you owe it to yourself, and your family, to have it tested. If you are thinking of buying a home, consider investing in radon testing before you make the purchase. You do not want to purchase a home that is putting your family’s health at risk. Testing for radon requires the help of a licensed, certified inspector who understands not only how to perform the test, but also the conditions required to ensure that the test results are accurate."