"Why do I need a home inspection"?
The crack in the brick your looking at was in the exterior wall of a new home!
After my years of inspecting both new homes and used homes, I have thousands of pictures of examples why you need a home inspection!
As the closing papers are flying by for a signature many home buyers "sign off" on items in the home that are missing, broken or may not be working correctly only to find out later the issues that may exist. The builder promises to make good but things come up, time passes. You may not know it but the moment you take possession of your new home there is a long list of items your new home warranty does not cover and the builder may not be responsible to repair.
"The minimum requirements to safeguard life or limb, health and public welfare" that is what the code book states!
New home inspections are not just about cosmetic items or "punch lists".
The home inspector is usually the first person to have everything running in the house for the first time at the same,hecking behind every contractor to see what was possibly missed, poorly installed, what works and what doesn't.
In Mississippi only a home inspector with a 'NH' new home rating on their license card can inspect new homes.
I am certified as a 'NEW' home inspector 'NH" certified in the license number means NEW HOME certified, 0189NH.
Commonly defects found during new home inspections:
- Plumbing fixtures that do not operate correctly
- Reversed wiring of electrical circuits and components
- Non-working electrical circuits
- Improperly sized circuit breakers
- Missing attic insulation
- Problems with heating and/or cooling systems
- Leaking gas lines
- Blocked waste drain lines
- Leaking plumbing fixtures
- Broken windows
- Non-working heating ducts
- Improperly installed appliances
- The list goes on and on