When you’re building a new construction home, it may not be clear whether or not you should hire an inspector for your new home. If you’re buying a resale home, it’s a no-brainer that you should hire a home inspector to make sure that you’re making a good investment. If you’re building a new home, it may not be as clear of an answer on whether or not you should hire an inspector. There are pros and cons to hiring an inspector for your new home, so let’s break it down to help you decide whether or not you should hire a home inspector for your new build.
Home inspectors are professionals who check the state of a home. They are trained to see if a home is in good condition and what items are in need of repair. They typically assess based on provincial building codes, and they will evaluate everything visible in a home (meaning they won’t assess things within walls like electrical wires or insulation). The main items home inspectors check are:
- Exteriors, including siding, windows, doors, foundation, patios, window wells, driveway, and stairs, etc.
- Garage, including the roof, walls and ceilings, doors and operators, etc.
- Roofing, including chimneys, ventilation, gutters, downspouts, etc.
- Attic, including the insulation, sheathing, ventilation, etc.
- Electrical systems, including service lines, panels, grounding, outlets, etc.
- Plumbing system, including water pressure, drainage, laundry outlets, etc.
- Bathrooms, including sinks, showers/tubs, tiling on floors and walls, ventilation, etc.
- Furnace system, including burners, gas line, ventilation, emergency shutoff, thermostat, filters, etc.
There are several advantages to getting a home inspection, regardless of how new your home is.
A home inspector will give you the peace of mind that your new home is in great condition. If you’re not a construction professional you may not know what’s normal to expect from a new home, so having an outside party tell you that your new home is built well can give you some additional peace of mind.
While home insurance may not require a home inspection, having an impartial expert provide information to you and your insurance provider can help you find a great deal on your new home insurance, as well as ensure that you have as much coverage as necessary.
Having a third party help you understand the ins and outs of your home can ensure you feel comfortable that your builder did a great job. Your home inspector will help you understand what goes into the home building process and give you a deeper understanding of the different elements of your home.
Sometimes in the building process you’ll find issues or items that need to be addressed. Having a home inspection will help you clearly communicate with your builder about what does and does not need to be changed before you move in.
Having proof of a home inspection may help if you choose to sell your home down the road. It’ll prove you had a third party inspect the home so that buyers can be aware that your home was in great shape from the very beginning.
There aren’t many disadvantages to getting a third party inspection for your new construction home, other than the fact you will need to pay for this home inspection out of pocket. Home inspections cost between $500 and $800, so this is quite a lot of money, especially if most of your savings are going towards your down payment. If you decide to forgo a home inspection on a new construction home it’s not a risk like it would be for a resale home. However, if you’re looking for extra peace of mind before you move into a new home, a home inspection is a great idea no matter how new the home is.
Many experts believe that third party home inspections are a good choice whether you’re buying a resale home or a new construction home. Although it’s not a requirement for new construction homes for moving in or getting home insurance, if the idea of not having a home inspection is keeping you up at night, it’s best to simply pay for the inspection! Home inspections can help you see things you might have missed, and they should hopefully give you peace of mind as you move into your dream home!
If you would like to get your brand new TroiWest home inspected, you are always allowed to do so! We’ll make sure you’re kept up-to-date on the building process so you can plan ahead. TroiWest homes are built with the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, and we’re incredibly proud of the homes we build. That’s why we have no issue with additional home inspections if that’s what you need to feel comfortable in your new home! Our priority is to ensure you’re happy with your brand new home.
If you’re looking to build a new home with a builder you can trust, contact TroiWest!