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Today’s PHW Inspections Question: Should I have a New Build Home inspected prior to closing and taking occupancy from the builder?
PHW Inspections does recommend getting a New Build house in SW Florida inspected by a home inspection company. This type of inspection can not only save you time, money, and stress. It is an investment in your peace of mind and the quality of your new home. Any deficiencies found during the inspection are documented so they can be brought to the builder’s attention for repair. As the buyer you want the builder to complete as many of these deficiencies as possible prior to you taking occupancy. A home inspection can also help you learn more about your new home and its systems. The inspector will explain any potential problems to you and answer your questions. This can help you make informed decisions about maintenance and upkeep.
While New Build houses are generally expected to have fewer issues than older properties, they are not immune to defects. In Southwest Florida, several common defects may be identified during a home inspection of a new build. It’s important to note that the severity and prevalence of these defects can vary, and not all new homes will have the same problems. Here are some common defects to be aware of:
- Poor Workmanship: This can include a range of issues, including poor craftsmanship in areas such as framing, drywall installation, and finish work. Often found missing hurricane straps, missing wall studs or poorly patched drywall.
- Roofing Issues: Problems with the roof can include improper installation of roofing materials, flashing issues, or inadequate ventilation. We often see damaged roof tile, loose shingles, or covered attic ventilation.
- Plumbing Problems: Plumbing defects may include leaky pipes, inadequate water pressure, or improper installation of fixtures. We see clogged shower/tub drainpipes from construction debris, drip leaks at traps or sink stoppers that don’t function.
- Electrical Concerns: Electrical defects can range from faulty wiring to inadequate electrical capacity for the home’s needs. Loose receptacles, drywall covered receptacles or tripping breakers.
- HVAC System Issues: Problems with the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system can include inadequate cooling or heating, poor insulation, or improper installation. Clogged vents collapsed flex piping in attic or improperly secured ducts.
- Insufficient Insulation and Ventilation: Inadequate insulation and ventilation can result in energy inefficiency and potential moisture-related problems like mold growth. Thermal scans often find areas of missing insulation or gaps around windows/doors.
- Landscaping and Drainage Issues: Problems with landscaping or drainage can lead to water pooling around the foundation, potentially causing issues over time. Like erosion from gutter downspouts or missing gutter fasteners.
- Window and Door Installation: Improperly installed windows and doors can lead to air leaks, water intrusion, and energy inefficiency. Improperly installed windows can bind or prevent units from locking.
- Paint and Finish Problems: Significant issues with paint and finishes. Typical cosmetic flaws and deficiencies are not addressed by your home inspector. These are between the buyer and the builder. Everyone has a different opinion when it comes to appearance.
- Appliance and Fixture Defects: Appliances and fixtures may have defects due to manufacturing issues, banged up during construction or improper installation.
It’s important to note that the builder is typically responsible for addressing defects in a New Build, especially if covered by a warranty. A thorough home inspection before the purchase ensures that any identified issues are documented and can be addressed by the builder before closing and before they become more significant problems. Hiring a qualified home inspector who is familiar with the specific challenges and construction practices in Southwest Florida is crucial for a comprehensive assessment of a new build house.