Construction Inspections – Home Builder’s Warranty is not Enough

Is the quote below familiar?

“Hiring a Home Inspector would be a waste of money. This is a brand new house that has been inspected dozens of times by the city/ county Permitting Office. If there were anything wrong, they would have already caught it. Besides, we offer a warranty, so if you find a problem, we’ll fix it.”

This is the type of thing that many builders say to new home buyers in an attempt to talk them out of a home inspection.

Three Reasons Why a Home Builder’s Warranty is not Enough.

(1) Wouldn’t you rather know now so that repairs can be made before you move in?

(2) Read the fine print – look at all of the areas that would NOT be covered

(3) Assuming the problem is covered by the warranty… How long will it take before you notice the issue? Will it take several months for that roof leak or plumbing leak to cause enough damage for you to notice it? Is there now a mold problem too? Will it take an electrical fire or an injury before you recognize an electrical issue?

New houses are never perfect.  I can go on & on about all of the ways that homes get built improperly and defects get missed. We do several new construction inspections every month and constantly find issues that require correction.

We conduct Construction Inspections throughout the home-building process. Many inspectors have no idea how to inspect a new house. Obviously we’ll be looking for proper workmanship, proper building materials, finish work, etc. rather than the wear & tear or break-down of the different systems of the home.

66 thoughts on “Construction Inspections – Home Builder’s Warranty is not Enough”

  1. I’m in contract on a quick move in (brand new) home. When I brought up inspection with the builder, they were fine with it. I figured that was a good sign.

  2. Just wanted to share with other readers … I wasn’t going to get a Home Inspection for the house i was building. I friend showed me this post, so i hired Sherlock home Inspections. Thank Goodness! There were several issues that I would have never noticed until after I moved in & I’m quite certain that the builder wouldn’t have either. There were a few other things that I’m sure the builder would have PRETENDED not to notice. Thankfully, they fixed everything that Sherlock pointed out before my closing.

  3. This is SOOOO TRUE! I learned the hard way years ago. little problems here & there that the builder argued about. More recently hired Sherlock Home Inspections & they saved me from a few potential major issues & the builder fixed everything before closing. 😀

  4. Cannot stress how true this is!
    My builder was great & will make things right, but sure wish I would have had the home inspected rather than waiting until i noticed the issues.

  5. WOW – I learned something new today. just took for grantid that a new home wouldn’t need an inspection, but I can see why I will need one. i will be calling you once we break ground.

  6. This post makes it seem obvious, but until I read it, I never would have thought about an inspection for a new property.
    Thanks for opening my eyes.

  7. I suspect my builder is taking short cuts, so i was planning to get an inspection anyway.
    This post makes it clear that you folks are the ones to call.
    I’ll be in touch by the end of the week.

  8. just wanted to post a link to my own website for my own personal gain, but I actually took the time to read this post & learned something.
    I’ll be sure to read more.

  9. Even minor issues or simple little mistakes or oversights can lead to BIG problems if they go unnoticed.
    Don’t be a cheap skate when you’re dealing with the biggest investment in your life. Get the home inspected !!!

  10. Thought a home inspection on a new house was a STUPID waste of money. Boy was I wrong!
    Luckily I didn’t have to learn the hard way. I spoke to several people in the neighborhood where I’m having a house built.
    Several had issues. I’ll be calling Sherlock Home Inspections.

  11. Oh so true! I came across this article while searching for a way to deal with the builder I used. I won’t bore readers with details, but I sure wish I would have thought to have the home inspected throughout the building process.

  12. I’m guessing that GOOD home builders appreciate PROOF that they did a good job from a Licensed professional 3rd party, but it’s probably a BAD home builders nightmare.

  13. My neighbors made the mistake of assuming the builder would do everything properly & the city building inspector from the permit office would catch anything wrong. They have all sorts of issues. I had a few inspections throughout the building process and it made a big difference. A few issues were easily corrected right away rather than later when it would have been a lot more difficult to fix.

  14. I’m in the construction industry. I see other subs doing all kinds of stupid stuff. I always recommend an inspection

  15. I’ve run into several buyers of new construction who think that just because their lender doesn’t require an inspection, they don’t need one.
    Why do people fail to realize that their lender is SELLING the money to buy the home. They aren’t really “on your side” during the transaction.

  16. Der – but it’s new & the builder said they’d fix any issues – der
    You really wanna worry about problems after you move in?

  17. One mustn’t go thru life with a constant heir of distrust. However, neglecting to inspect what ye expect is just simply idiotic!

  18. I work in construction. I could tell you all kinds of horror stories about issues I’ve seen. just because it’s new, doesn’t mean it was done right!

  19. Aw, this was an exceptionally good post. Thanks for taking the time and actual effort to make a superb article.

  20. I have a buddy who works for a big builder in their warranty dept. he will tell you, GET THE HOUSE INSPECTED THROUGHOUT THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS!

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