New Construction Homes Need Inspected Too!
Our friend shared this story with us!!!
Five years ago we purchased a new construction home. We visited quite a few homes new and old. We made multiple offers on a few pre-owned homes, however we always got outbid. Finally we found one that was brand new. After visiting the home we knew it was the one. We went to Panera with our agent to go through the paper work. One of the conditions we discussed was the home inspection.
I asked my agent “Should we get a home inspection on a brand new construction home?” He told us “It’s brand new, what could be wrong?” We took his advice. We didn’t know any better!
Shortly after we moved in, I began to noticing things that were builder oversites, outlets wired incorrectly not to mention the sewer drain was clogged and all the sewage backed up into my bathtubs. Every time I would call the builder would tell me that the trouble I found wasn’t really an issue at all. I would have to have lengthy conversations with them until they came to the conclusion that I knew what I was talking about. I also found out that the site supervisor couldn’t give a flying fart about us, and would offer to correct the issues at his convenience. My wife and I had to take too much time off of work in order to get things fixed. When we had to take time off work, we didn’t get paid!
Because we had already moved in, we didn’t matter anymore. The builder was more concerned about the other homes that weren’t finished yet and the wants of those buyers.
I was all riled up about the site manager treating me like an idiot, so I called a friend. He was a real estate agent. I asked him if he would give me a phone number for an inspector to inspect my home. Well the guy came out, did the inspection and listed all of the things that were wrong. I sent the documentation to the site supervisor. I thought they would treat me a little differently now that I had my home inspected by a professional.
Well the site manager took me a little more seriously, but still put off making the repairs. It took too many months after the home inspection was over with for the site supervisor to finally repair all of the problems. I even had to fix some of the defects myself, so I wouldn’t have to take more time off from work.
Whether you are buying a new construction home or an existing home, hire a home inspector. Don’t be a fool like I was.
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Are you buying a new construction home? If so, a home inspection is critical. Give us a call today for all of your inspection, radon & air quality testing needs at 404-788-2581.