Newly built homes and condominiums are becoming a popular choice for future homeowners looking to purchase a property. In most cases these buyers presume that since the home is new and under warranty that a home inspection isn't required. In our opinion the question isn't whether or not you should have the home inspected but rather when?
Through our experience with new construction builds we have set three important stages at when a newly built home should be inspected and why:
This inspection performed prior to taking possession of the home is critical in order to thoroughly inspect and confirm that all the homes components are properly installed and functioning. At this time we will also be looking at the structural and safety elements of the home. Through experience we have noticed that this stage of the inspection can be extremely beneficial to have a home inspector alongside since the representative on site is working for the builder and can easily omit certain issues that may go unnoticed.
30 to 90 day period
If for some reason you chose to forgo the redelivery inspection the 30 to 90 day period is another excellent time to have your new home inspected. At this point in time the inspection will follow many of the same guidelines as the pre-delivery inspection however the home will have a chance for its components to be used for a period of time before inspection. This time delay often gives the opportunity for the buildings components to reveal any defects or flaws that would present themselves in the short-term.
1 year period
The one year mark is another logical time to inspect your new home. At this point the home has had its time to reveal any defects or flaws over a tried and true period, it will also allow your home structure to settle and experience the variety of conditions that all four seasons present in Quebec.
In conclusion we must mention that all new builds do come with a warranty however if you are unaware of the issues presented you will be unable to have them fixed through the warranty. With the expertise of a home inspector these undesired issues can be avoided saving significant money time and inconveniences.
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Home inspections can often reveal many underlying issues that can often go undetected. Here at 360 inspections we have compiled a top 5 list of the most common issues we encounter out in the field. Whether it's a condo, house or revenue property these were the most commonly flagged issues we detected:
#1 Grading and Drainage:
Grading and Drainage took the pole position on our list due to it's consistent manifestation around homes that were inspected. Grading was often inexistent (flat)in most cases or even negative (towards the house) in severe cases. This issue keeps water around the foundation in an area that should be dry. Drainage being just as important was also neglected with most homeowners having their downspouts drain within 1 foot of their foundation wall. In order to successfully evacuate gutter water from your house you must have at least a 4 foot downspout.
Plumbing was a close second on our list with many issues coming from older homes. Generally speaking the older the plumbing installation the more issues we found. Most of the issues noted were from old materials used as well as poor installation practices. We also noted many household items that were used on a daily basis that were faulty including faucets, showers and toilets.
Roofing cannot be forgotten and placed 3rd on our list. A typical roof will last 15 to 20 years but this will often depend on many factors including location, weather conditions as well as improper installation. Roofing is often the most sound investment you can make on your home since it is the most important component preventing water damage to the whole building.
Electrical due to safety issues placed 4th on our list. The most common issues found with Electrical installations was improper wiring, poor connections and proper grounding. Since electrical problems are one of the main causes for building perils these issues should be serviced immediately.
Ventilation and the lack thereof placed itself 5th on our list. Many of the houses inspected simply didn't have enough ventilation. Generally speaking most homeowners
habits create moisture, and with insufficient ventilation this moisture can cause mold and other unhealthy conditions throughout the home. The most common issues were bathrooms without fans and kitchens with faulty or poorly vented range hoods.