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Important Tips For New Construction Inspection
Buying our first home is indeed an American dream that many of us want and wish for, and having a newly constructed home seems like the best deal ever. However, we still need to be wary about the other components in the home, besides its face value. Remember, after the glitz and glamour of having a newly constructed home is gone, we will still need to face what needs work, as a home is a long-term investment.
A new home is a big deal that we want to run smoothly. Though there are a good amount of cases that end well, there are also many cases where the construction was not properly done, due to human errors. An inspector checks the home, but they don’t actually inspect every nook and cranny, every pipe, every wire, and every socket in the house. It is and always should be the homeowners responsibility to check these things, as they are the ones with the final say, though they will have plenty of advice from their agents who will help them through the process. Remember, as a buyer, one needs a good real estate agent. This person will definitely assist the buyer and help him/her coordinate with the seller’s agent.
Moving forward, here are some important tips to keep in mind when going through a new construction inspection.
1. The cardinal rule for any potential buyer is that one should not assume that new construction means “no flaws”.
Like I mentioned earlier, just because something is pretty to look at doesn’t mean it’s perfect. In fact, this is one of the biggest mistakes people make. The euphoria of having a new home goes through one’s head, and other aspects of the home are forgotten, resulting in unnecessary time and repairs. A smart buyer should run through the usual tests before he/she makes a purchase.
A new home can also mean that the property is constructed with innovative design and state-of-the-art features. Some of these homes are even eco-friendly. These things are important to know from the start as well, so as to inform the buyer what parts of the home to inspect.
2. Total Home Inspection Checklist
Another important thing to have when one is at the newly constructed home site is a total home inspection checklist. This simple sheet of paper can actually do wonders for the future buyer, as he or she could run through a list of key items to check on before making a decision on purchasing a new home. This sheet would include aspects of the home, from the yard, to the basement, and on to the roof. This list can be adjusted or modified, if there are specific items that the buyer wants to see.
3. Ask questions
It is not only important to set an appointment for a home inspection and be present, but to ask questions. Many home buyers tend to be shy or timid to ask questions. Often times when a buyer is with a home inspector, they rely too much on the inspector’s expertise. Inspectors are professionals and will check everything thoroughly, but it is important that the buyer make sure that all questions are asked and gone over thoroughly if there are concerns.
This will ensure that any doubts or anxieties about the purchase are remedied. It also guarantees that the inspector checked and double-checked the specific area or item in question.
4. Take your time
You, as a buyer, should not feel reluctant to take your time if you feel the walk-through process is going too quickly. The inspector is there to assist you and should never hurry you through the process. This is a good time to jot down your notes and observations for future reference.
5. Take photos
Lastly, documentation is key to everything. Photographs don’t lie! It would be unwise to reply on one’s memory after going through an inspection. Taking photographs can help one recall certain issues, will allow one to see something new or different that was not spotted at walk through, and can be proof of repairs that are necessary. For example, a photograph could show a mold stain in a corner that was not observed in the walk through. Photographs are excellent resources to help potential buyers make decisions on their “forever” homes.
If you are thinking of buying a newly constructed home or are considering making a real estate purchase or if you are ready to sell, let me buy you a cup of coffee and let’s discussCrested Butte’s potential. Who do you know that wants to buy or sell a property? Let theHeather Woodward Teamhelp. You can contact me on my cell phone (970)596-1394 or send me an email atHeather@TheHeatherWoodwardTeam.com.
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