People always ask if they need a home inspection for a brand new place. I have done enough of them to know it is a good idea to have a third pair of eyes look at the place. Typically, I will do my inspection just before the clients do their walk-thru with the builder. My inspection report will provide them with some deficiencies that the builder can repair or correct before they move in.
In a recent inspection that I did I found the following: Exterior caulking missing in some areas of the exterior siding. Downspouts not connected to underground drains (with no plans to install undergrounds drains), Exterior trim, damaged / dirty, Roof surface with minimal roof vents, loose toilet, light not working, dishwasher not secured to cabinets, Loose bathroom faucet, Shower glass leaking water onto the floor, drywall patches not finished, Radon Gas Vent not labeled and there was a large crack in the drywall bulkhead in the basement. Builder blames it on a bad drywall contractor. There were also various drywall cracks, dings and marks that already had some green painters tape on them.
These are typical things I find on new homes. In the past I have found all the toilets in the home loose, Stand alone tubs loose and not secured to the floor, leaky shower heads, Exhaust ducts in the attic not connected to the roof exhaust vents, Missing insulation on the attic, Siding missing on roof surfaces (not visible from the street), Flat Roof surfaces sloping away from drains, Hardie board flashings missing, Exterior trim not painted or missing, Sink drains leaking, cracks in concrete walkways and driveways.
It always surprises me that builders do not a quality control person to go around and check the new homes they build.
I definitely recommend having your new home inspected.
For the price of new homes these days you should expect perfection.
Until next time...