Should I Hire An Inspector For A New Construction Home?
Hire Inspector New Construction?
You would think not since it is new and the developer has to adhere to local construction guidelines. However, err on the side of caution—ALWAYS hire an inspector, whether the home is old or new.
Almost every new home buyer I work with asks this question, assuming newly constructed homes don’t need an inspection “It’s new!” I once had a “New Construction” home have a failed sewer line out in the middle of the street, which if we didn’t get that sewer line inspection done could have fallen onto the homebuyer and cost them thousands of dollars! Always do ALL the recommended inspections even if it is a brand new home!
You can ask the builder to provide copies of any inspection reports on the property, architectural plans, surveys and pertinent construction documents for your inspector to review.
The inspector should either be a professional home inspector. When hiring a professional inspector, look for one who belongs to a home inspection trade organization, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). Your realtor should have recommendations for you when it comes to choosing a home inspector.
This group has developed formal inspection guidelines and a professional code of ethics for its members. Membership in ASHI is not automatic. Proven field experience and technical knowledge about structures and their various systems and appliances are required.
As for rates, they vary. Many inspectors charge about $400, but costs increase based on the scope of the inspection(s) and the size of the home.