The very first house I purchased was a new construction home in a new neighborhood. Not only was a proud that I purchased a home, I was convinced that purchasing a new construction home meant that I was purchasing a home with very few, if any issues. Well, I learned as the years went by how incorrect that assessment was.
The home was plagued with siding that was improperly installed, windows that failed to open or close, and even a yard that was essentially overturned swamp land. When I sold the home a few years later, it was in better shape than when it was purchased and that says a lot.
I learned that a new home is only as good as the subcontractor that was hired to do the job by the builder. Some were very good and others were hired because they were cheap. Also, when the construction manager’s only tool is a caulk gun, RUN!
I was reminded today by a local home inspector how important a second set of eyes can be, even on a new construction house. These pictures, posted to Facebook, are of a house that is newly constructed and would have closed very soon by the new buyer. However, the buyer hired a home inspector and he uncovered improper brick work, broken structural trusses and MOLD. Yes, mold in a new house, likely the result of water getting in behind the brick.
A new home inspection is only a few hundred dollars and in the case of this buyer, it was well worth the investment.