It is a good idea to have a home inspection done on any Calgary home that has been built recently. An experienced home inspector will be able to identify any potential problems with the home’s construction. The new house inspection may also be a way to prevent expensive repairs in the future, long after the builders have left.
It is possible to assume that you will only be able to take possession of your new home once local building inspectors have checked it. These inspectors check the building for compliance with standard codes. They do not inspect for quality or the use of materials.
This article explains why inspections of new construction are essential.
Home inspections reveal common issues in new homes
Untrained eyes may not be able to see some types of poor building work. Poor-quality construction work can be identified by broken drywall, loose handrails or creaking floor boards. But not all construction errors are obvious.
To uncover potential problems in a new home’s construction, an experienced inspector is needed. A list of issues that need to be addressed before you can sign the contract will be included in the inspector’s report. Here are some common problems we see in new homes.
- Drainage issues and grading problems: No water could flow from the property or pool surrounding the foundations. This can lead to severe structural damage and dampness problems later.
- Structure defects: Foot framing and cracks in foundations can lead to costly repairs.
- Electrical problems The inspector will verify that the outlets are properly wired and have adequate grounding. Inspectors will also inspect all electrical appliances installed, including the HVAC system.
- Plumbing problems: It’s not uncommon for new homes to have leaking pipes for several months before the homeowner notices.
What about the warranty of the builder?
As per the warranty, builders are responsible for rectifying issues. Imagine this scenario: Six months after you move in, you find that there has been moisture buildup in your attic. Although the builders offer to repair the problem, it means that your home will be turned into a construction site. Are you willing to go through all that?
Some builders are shady and will try to delay the repairs, or claim that it is not their responsibility.
Arrange for a local home inspection in okotoks AB to save yourself the hassle and additional expense of buying a home. You can force the builder to correct the problem before you move in with a new build inspection.