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New Build Why a Home Inspection?

Updated: Mar 1

Why get a Home Inspection when Building a New Built Home?

Below are photos taken of deficiencies during home inspections of newly built homes. Many times, these issues are not discovered until weeks and months after closing on your new home which is a disruption of your living space and in some cases may result in further damage to your home.

No provision for venting the dryer. Hopefully, the vent pipe is behind the wall and just has sheetrock over it. The wall will need to be opened to investigate if a vent was installed and where it is located.

This home was scheduled to have sheetrock installed. The door opening is too tall for the door. If this issue is not repaired, it could result in the top of the door frame sagging and there is no means to secure the top moldings except by gluing the moldings to the sheetrock.

Missing hanger to support attic scuttle opening. You can see that it’s pulling away from Joist. If this is not repaired, the ceiling will sag, and cracks will develop around the opening.

The supply duct to the main bedroom closet is not attached to the main supply duct. If this is not repaired promptly it could lead to moisture issues in the attic because conditioned air will be dumped into the attic space.

The support stud is missing to secure the shower wall. A stud is required to butt up against the shower wall. The shower wall needs to be secured so there is no movement. Wall flexing could lead to cracks in the sheetrock and shower wall failure.

Newly built homes should be inspected by a Qualified Home Inspector before sheetrock and siding are installed, and a full final inspection 7-10 days before closing and taking possession. The pre-closing (final) inspection includes inspection of the following items:

  • Doors and windows

  • Roof shingles and gutters

  • Exterior items, like walkways, driveways, sheds, decks, patios, and garages

  • Foundation, basements, and crawlspaces

  • HVAC systems, including the thermostat

  • Plumbing, toilets, sinks, and sump pumps

  • Electrical conductors, circuit breakers, meters, and panelboards

  • Attic, insulation, and ventilation

  • Appliances, such as dishwashers, disposals, ovens, microwaves, and sprinkler systems

Summited by:

John Schuler, Certified Professional Home Inspector

J & H Home Inspections, LLC located in Little River, SC


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