Your New Home

Your New Home: Kick the Bricks!

As a professional house and building inspection company, one of our primary
jobs is answering questions. One of the most common questions we get is
"Should I have my brand new house inspected?" It's a fair and honest
question. The short answer is YES. But you expected us to say that, right?
Let me tell you why it's a fair and honest answer.

Risk Reduction

Let's take the emotion out of it. Let's not call it your home; let's say it's a
house. A building with a roof, a structure, mechanical systems, and interior
 finishes. It requires a substantial investment for you to purchase this
building. You are putting your money at risk. It makes sense for you to learn
about the qualities of this investment before
putting your money on the line.

"But what could be wrong? It's a new house?" Yes, the risk of problems is
probably lower than if you bought an old building. It actually depends on the
individual properties one is comparing. It boils down to illuminating the risk,
rather than assuming there is none.

House vs. Home

But it is artificial to take emotion out of it, precisely because the building will
be your home. So you have a financial and an emotional investment. Why is
this important? Because even a small problem, like for example a leak at the
kitchen sink, will elicit in you an emotional response. What happens when
you notice the leak? You get an adrenaline rush, you turn off the tap or the
dishwasher, you wipe up the water, you remove the soaking box of
dishwasher detergent, you wonder what you should do next, you call
someone you trust, you call the builder or a plumber, you wait to make
dinner until the service-person arrives. A non-trivial emotional investment,
for a minor problem.

For some people, that minor incident will bring on a not-so-minor bout of
buyer's remorse, wherein they wonder, "What else will go wrong?" It is better
for both you and your builder for the inspector to find the leak so it can be
fixed immediately.

Helps the Builder

Your builder has worked hard to put your home together. It takes a
phenomenal amount of coordination to turn an empty patch of ground into a
dream house. With so many steps and so many hands, it is inevitable that
some things will get missed. Sometimes we find electrical outlets that don't
work. Sometimes we find un-insulated attics. These were not done on
purpose they just happen. If you hire an inspector to find the things that need
attention, you can put the items on the PDI punch-list (the list of deficiencies
generated at the pre-delivery inspection that the builder is contracted to fix),
or you will have documentation of the issues and can bring them up later.
This helps both you and the builder keep track of the final wrinkles to be
ironed out. If there only a few wrinkles, you will gain an appreciation of how
well the house has been built.

11-month Inspection

Many of our clients choose to hire us after they move in, but before the
standard one-year builder's warranty coverage expires. This has proven to be
a uniquely successful strategy. The waiting period allows the newly built
house to "settle-in", making a performance-based inspection more valuable.
No matter how you look at it, getting a professional building inspector to kick
the bricks of your new home is a sound idea.