Submitted by Randy Yates, Technical Training Administrator, NPI/GPI Corporate
Realtor: “You don’t need a home inspection; it’s a brand-new house.”
The misconception of both of these statements is that they think because the buyer is purchasing a brand-new house, everything was done right, completed as planned — like a new car. But new cars go back to the dealers often enough, so why assume that everything in a newly constructed home is perfect?
Actually, some statistics state that there can more problems with a new home than an existing home — not that existing homes don’t have problems, too, when it comes to an inspection. It’s just that the dust has settled, so to speak, with an existing home.
So, where do the problems lie with a new home? Inexperience in construction, quality of or the wrong materials, improper engineering and architecture, defective materials and components from manufacturers, improper installation of components, and lack of communication. One would hope that a contractor takes great care in how he builds a house, but you need to take into consideration that he may not have.
So, what’s the difference in inspecting a new home compared to an old home? There is no difference. And, how long does it take to inspect either a new house or an existing house? The inspection takes as long as long as it takes.