Well if you’re reading this and buying new construction I can start out by answering with a stern yes. Now let me explain why. First off as an agent we never advise people to skip over home inspections.Not only is it wrong to do but it is also a place where we could pick up some legal liability. After my years in the business and seeing all the inspections I have it is clear to me that a home inspection is an important part of the step.
For home buyers in Massachusetts the state requires that we give out a Home Inspection Fact Sheet to all consumers after an accepted offer. This fact sheet tells you all about your rights to inspect, gives an inspector list, and goes over a little about what a home inspection is. When buying new construction or having a house built it is easy to feel why inspect brand new.
Remember that not all construction workers are Bob Villa and know what they are doing. Whether it be from lack of knowledge, skill, or care there are endless reasons things could be off. When bringing in a professional home inspector they look at the quality of the job done. From missing joist hangers to code violations they are your advocate.
Keep in mind the moment the deal closes you now own the home and not the builder. If you have no home warranty and no legal documents stating something is the builder’s responsibility to handle they will not come back to do so. I love new construction homes and think it is a great option when buying a home. Just make sure to do your due diligence and work with a Realtor who knows what they are doing.
I hope this helps you make the decision in inspecting your new home. If you need any help in the purchase of a new home please reach out to us at Movementum Realty. We would be happy to have one of our Move Mentors help you in the process. Make sure to check out our Podcast, Facebook Group, and Newsletter named “Homeownership”. If you have any questions or comments please drop them below.