The Valley is notorious for its beautiful, brand new tract housing complexes. These homes, as you know, have all the glamorous details and facades that young buyers are looking for in a first or second home. However, many buyers become blinded by the appearance and will not take a home inspection as seriously. This is a mistake! Remember that a home’s value is only as good as its insides. One Avenue Inspection is here to make sure your perfect home is solid and functional, before you make a downpayment. According to M.P. McQueen of the Wall Street Journal, about 17% of the new houses built during the 2005 boom had significant structural and design flaws.
Home Inspection Checklist for New Houses
1. No new damage?
Often times when a seller moves their furniture and belongings out of the house, additional damage is inflicted on the walls and surfaces. Make sure to do a meticulous walk-through after the previous owner is out and before signing the final contracts!
2. Everything working?
Any appliances, light fixtures, and faucets that come with the new home should be scrutinized. Walk through the house and yard with a lamp or something requiring electricity and test each outlet. Don’t be afraid to turn on the washing machine and dishwasher to make sure they work. Lastly, remember to get copies of the warranties and owner’s manuals for all appliances from the seller.
3. Unseen cracks?
This might be more difficult to examine by yourself. With the help of an inspector and real estate home expert, you should analyze every inch of the roof, foundation, and pool area for cracks in the structure. Leaky roofs and cracked foundations are the most common serious problems in new homes. Left untouched, these damages could dance to the tune of thousands of dollars of repairs down the road.
Additionally, do not forget to open and close all windows and doors. Check for cracks and poor installation in the windows particularly, otherwise you might have future mold and leakage problems.
“One of the best defenses against buying a defective house is a thorough inspection by a state-licensed building-inspection engineer, experts say” (McQueen WSJ).