Monthly Archives: December 2010

Why get a Home Inspection for a Newer Home

I am buying a home that is only a couple years old. Why should I get a Home Inspection?

In the Home Inspection business I receive numerous calls asking if a new home buyer is wasting their money paying for a Home Inspection when the house is only a couple years old. They have walked through the home, really like it and could not see any issues. I then ask,”What is the foundation like, any cracks, bowing, leaks, etc”. When you went in the attic, the under side of the roof is it in good condition?

The answer 99 % of the time is I’m not sure about the foundation and I never went up into the attic.

This is normal for a home buyer. There is a lot to look at cosmetically and time is tight. Looking at the roof from the exterior can take 30 minutes and then once up in the attic there is another 15 minutes. Pulling the cover off a furnace, looking for leaks or other problems well there’s another few minutes. Home buyers don’t get into the details necessary to get a true understanding for the condition of the home; it would take them at least 3 hours.

New cars, even the best brands, can have problems. This is the same for houses.

I have inspected homes that are worth well over $500,000 and they had defects. Some are minor but the purchaser needs to be aware of all the defects.

If you have the inspection and no defects are found, great. You now have piece of mind and by being present for the Home Inspection you now know all the elements of your new home well.