Buyers often believe that because the local building inspector performs multiple “mini-inspections” during construction, that nothing was missed. Another reason new home buyers do not hire an independent inspector is that the builder or developer provides a warranty. Unfortunately, warranties often have stipulations not to mention the inconvenience of having your new home ripped apart after you have already settled in. This is particularly true if there is a problem with the roof or plumbing.
Local building inspectors, in most cases, have your best interest in mind. However, they don’t catch everything, and they don’t always inspect the roof. A new home should be in new condition and free of defects. Unfortunately, drywall is great at making defects disappear!
Ensure the Builders Stand Behind Their Work
Builders and developers normally have the incentive to make repairs or corrections before closing. An independent inspection by AHI Home Inspection before closing will uncover defective components, improper installations, and many other new construction issues. It will also provide valuable maintenance information to help you manage maintenance costs and help to better understand the inner workings of your home for years to come.
Standard AHI Phase Inspection Chain of Events
1) We receive a call from o client or Realtor to schedule an inspection. We prefer a few weeks notice. However, we can usually accommodate your needs.
2) We then provide the Builder any reasonable paperwork they require before inspecting the home.
3) AHI will coordinate the inspection date and time with the Home Buyer, Builder, Realtor, and others involved.
4) Although we do not require the home buyer to be present for the inspection, we strongly recommend it. We feel it is important for our customers to ask question and fully understand any issues that arise.
5) Your AHI Inspector will complete the on-site inspection, provide the on-site verbal summary if Client attends, then will provide the home inspection report within 24 hours to Client (and Builder, if so required). The home inspection reports can be accessed from our website, or faxed to the Client and Builder. On-site home inspections usually last between 3-4 hours, depending on the size of the home and other factors. Most of our inspections begin around 9:30am or 2:30pm, but again…we’re
flexible! We’re here for your peace of mind.
New Construction Information Checklist For Buyers
AHI Home Inspection recommends that all purchasers of newly constructed homes obtain as much of the applicable information outlined below as possible from their builder or developer:
- Engineering documents
- Soil reports
- Well or septic documents, if applicable
- Copy of the Certificate of Occupancy (after home finished)
- Copy of signed-off permits
- Warranties for the following:
- Water heaters and heating system components
- Fireplaces and components
- Air conditioning equipment
- Kitchen appliances
- Plumbing fixtures and fixture trim
- Electrical devices and fixtures
- Cabinets and counter tops
- Windows and doors, including garage doors and garage door openers
- Floor covering materials and installation
- Roof covering materials and installation
- Surface finishes; wallpaper, paint, stain, etc.
- Siding and veneers
- Masonry work
- Security systems
- Landscape irrigation systems and materials
- Builder’s warranties
Your Builder may be able to provide you with many of the items listed above (and probably will have already done so) or can provide you with the names of the manufacturers so that you can write and obtain any specific warranty information on any products in your home that you do not have. Keep all of these documents together and in a place where you can locate them. They may be helpful to you and to the next buyer of your home!
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