What Do Home Inspectors Look For on New Construction Homes?

If you are buying a new construction home, you might be considering whether or not to get a home inspection, after all, it is brand new. 

In fact, getting a new home inspection is almost more important than getting an old home inspection. 

Think of it like buying a new car versus a used one. Someone has already driven the used car and knows that it works, but maybe it just needs a few tuneups. However, a new car has never been driven – and while it may be perfect – it may also be a lemon. This is true for homes as well. New construction can be perfect, but it can also be flawed. 

Here is what inspectors look for in new construction home inspections! 

1. Structural Issues

New construction homes frequently have structural issues, because they are not properly laid in the grown, or the frame shifts as the home is built. 

Another structural issue is that the ground may not be graded properly and will cause the home to sink and shift over time. 

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2. HVAC 

The HVAC may also have issues in new construction homes, because: 

  • Malfunctioning thermostats
  • Poor or loose connections 
  • Not installed correctly 
  • Problem with the HVAC units themselves since they are new and have not been tested either 

3. Plumbing

Plumbing problems might be the most common home inspection finding for new construction homes. 

Oftentimes, builders may connect the wrong water lines to the wrong side, meaning hot water valves connect to cold water lines, and cold valves connect to hot. 

In addition, pipelines may be laid incorrectly, which can end up causing leaks or burst pipes in the future. If pipes are not installed with the correct insulation this may also cause problems, and home inspectors will make sure that they are properly insulated – to keep them from freezing during the colder months. 

4. Appliances

Appliances that are installed with the home are another thing that home inspectors will check, which they check in regular home inspections as well. 

This is especially important because appliances may not be installed or connected properly. This can cause problems down the road, that may be harder to fix in the future and also are covered under the one-year new home builder warranty. 

5. Electrical Systems

The electrical system is another major component of any home inspection, but especially for new home inspections. 

Oftentimes, new homes are wired quickly to get the house built and sold, and while they are usually done correctly, there can be mistakes in a fast-built home. 

Best case scenario, electrical defects result in outlets and light sockets not functioning properly, and in the most extreme electrical circuits can short out and cause fires or shock. 

However, this isn’t common, but it is recommended to have a home inspector double check, just to be sure and ensure your safety! 


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