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Often, I am asked, “Do I need to get a home inspection on my new construction home?” The short answer: YES.
There are, according to the National Association of Home Builders over 3,000 different components used in constructing a single-family home. That does not even include the screws, seals, sealants! It is estimated that these more than 3,000 components are going to be installed by at least 10 different sub-contractors and every sub-contractor ca have 4 or 5 different employees working on the home at any given time. So, your new home literally could have 100 different people touching and working on over 3,000 components: your roof, your framing, your electrical, your insulation, your flooring, not to even mention if you are constructing a Smart Home!
But wait … isn’t my home built to a specific code!
Yes, it is. Let’s look at building codes.
Codes Are Just a Bare Minimum
Building codes are simply a set of minimum standards by which builders must construct your home in set by the county you are building in. Local building codes are the local bare minimum. They in no way guarantee that “best practices” are used in the construction of your home.
Building Codes Defer to Manufacturer’s Specifications
Also understand that Building Codes may not be the same as Manufacturer Codes for installation. Again, building codes are going to generic minimum codes; Manufacturer Codes regarding installation are not usually checked by the code inspection. Local code enforcement of local building codes inspect the structure and wiring in a home ensuring it is safe and reliable.
What about my walk-thru’s?
Your home is a very complex system comprised of thousands of components installed by an army of contractors; the best builders have great intentions and many offer outstanding warranties. It simply cannot hurt to have a fresh set of eyes look over the house to ensure manufacturer codes were met during installation.
Why hire a third-party inspector?
Good home builders have an inhouse inspection process. Hiring a third-party inspector gives you insights about the attributes and the vulnerabilities of your home – All Homes Have Both! They are on your team and have your best interest forefront. Most often the inspections will come up with small punch list items that can easily be remediated. Occasionally, an inspector will uncover significant issues that can save the home buyer and builder a nightmare of litigation and repairs.
Until next time,
Your LifeStyle Living Solutions Team
Carla Goddard👩💕 Realtor® 💕
New 🏡Construction Specialist
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices FLPG
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