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2 Things To Know About Getting A Newly Constructed Home Inspected

When you purchase a newly built home, you still need to go through the steps that you would take when purchasing a used home. Your lender may actually require to go through the typically steps of getting your newly built home inspected. Here are two things you need to know about getting your newly constructed home inspected.

#1 Use A Pro

The first thing you need to do is make sure that you hire a professional home inspector. You should research and choose a professional home inspector that you are comfortable with. You don't have to sue the one your real estate agent or seller recommends if you are not comfortable with them. Your home inspector should be a neutral third party who is able to look at the home and make sure it is up to code.

#2 What To Expect

When you hire a professional home inspector, they will walk through the home and inspect everything that they see, as well as systems that are not as obvious, such as the electrical and heating. A home inspector will make sure that the newly built home is built up to code, which is something the city inspector is going to do as well in order to certify the home as safe to occupy.

A professional home inspector can also make sure that the home is built to your specifications. For example, if you asked for specific features in the home, a professional home inspector will verify the builders fulfilled all of your requests.

#3 Share The Report With The Builder

Since you are not buying the home from another family, you are going to want to share the home inspection report with the builder. If the home inspection found any code issues or issues with the special features that you want in your home, this gives the builder a chance to fix these issues before the sale is finalized.

Oftentimes, any loan agreement financed through a bank will require the home builder to fix any issues found by the home inspection. This is good for the builder as well, as it will help ensure that the house stands up to code when inspected by the city or county building inspector and will give your builder the information they need to make any necessary adjustment before the code officer inspects the building. 

Many builders welcome formal home inspections on their new builds, and see them as a great way to verify and check their work. Be sure to discus this with your builder before they start working on your home, if at all possible.