New build, no problems—right? That is what you would expect, and for the most part, it is what you get. But you don’t know for sure until you have a professional home inspector verify your new build is up to code and without major issues.
Yes, it is in your best interest to have one done. Any errors in the build could lead to excessive wear and tear or damage to your home, the cost of which to repair could be high—and solely your responsibility.
You may be wondering what could go wrong when building a new home, but New Construction Home Inspections are available for a reason. Short staffed, behind deadlines, weather, poor planning—there are several things that could contribute to errors in a build. Errors that could lead to cracks in the foundation, leaks around windows, exposed wiring, or loose pipe connections. In turn, these errors can lead to other issues like water damage, mold, or structural issues.
Know your new build is truly ready for you to move in with a Home Inspection for New Construction from one of the pros at AcuSystem Inspection. These inspections check for the basics any home inspection would but with an eye out for issues common to new builds.
Here are the five key elements of a Home Inspection for New Construction:
Foundation and Structure
These are the “bones” of your house, and when in good shape, you can expect your home to last generations. However, things like poor grading (level of the ground so rainwater drains away from the home), weatherproofing around windows and doors, and framing work can lead to a failure of the structure and/or cracking in the foundation. (Which is different from foundation settling). A new Construction Inspection will note any concerns in these areas.
A vital component in any Florida home is its central cooling and heating. Inefficient airflow leaks in the ductwork, or thermostat failure can lead to high energy bills, waste of resources, and potentially cause a moisture issue in your attic (or crawlspace, wherever your ductwork is installed).
Poorly installed electrical systems can occur when builders are in a rush or subcontract work out to an inexperienced electrician. These can be dangerous errors that can cause fires or exposed hot (live) wires. One of the things our inspectors verify is new construction work and installation are up to code.
Loose connections under sinks or behind walls can lead to disastrous water damage and mold. Other issues to be inspected for can include corrosion, cracks, water pressure, and how quickly water turns on in your faucets and warms up.
New homes are often installed with the minimal required level of insulation unless the buyer specifies they want additional insulation. While it may pass code, this level may not be enough for some Florida homebuyers, especially if their home is not shaded. Proper sealing around the windows and doors can also affect how well a home is insulated against outside elements (e.g., water/moisture) and loss of indoor air (which increases energy usage). Each of these areas are well-checked during a New Construction Home Inspection.
Experienced and Professional Tampa Home Inspector
AcuSytem Inspections services all of central Florida, from coast to coast, with superior service and training! When you are in need of a home inspection in, around, or near Tampa, contact an AcuSystem Inspector.