Spring Into Your New Home: Why Every New Build Should Have a Home Inspection

The official first day of spring is here! For those of you in the process of building a new home, this could mean the final touches are being made so you can move in at last. Or maybe you’ve been waiting to break ground on your new build after a long (or strange, anyway, for us Ohioans) winter.

One thing you might not have considered is getting a home inspection. You may be thinking, “It’s a brand new house, why would I need one?” Here are a few reasons to consider building it into your timeline.

1. Mother nature – Wild weather is on the rise across our nation. From rapid temperature swings to a torrential downpour, any of these can affect your new home, especially if the rain hits before your walls are up and the foundation doesn’t dry completely.

2. Deadlines – Sometimes, contractors can feel pressured to get the job done as quickly as possible and mistakes are made. Inspections should catch any major errors, but even they don’t always look at the nitty gritty details like you would.

3. Supply shortages – Unfortunately, many industries are still feeling the pressure of supply shortages. This can lead to contractors feeling behind on projects when the supplies do finally come in (see No. 2), or looking for alternative parts they can get faster.

What are common things that could go wrong that I should look for?
If you’re still on the fence about whether to have a home inspection completed for your new build, here are some common things that can go wrong to keep an eye out for.

Inside:
Cracks in drywall
Humidity inside the home
Water issues
Flooring issues
Doors sticking shut
Appliances not being installed correctly

Outside:
Incorrectly applied siding
Gaps and cracks in concrete (think sidewalks, driveways and patios)
Grading and drainage issues

When is the right time to schedule an inspection for new construction?
You can schedule an inspection at any point, and maybe you even want to schedule two – one before the drywall is up and one when the home is nearing completion. For the latter, we recommend as late as possible, but not so late that anything that needs rectifying could hold up the closing and you getting into your dream home as soon as possible.

If you’re looking for further advice from an expert on this topic, Ring Real Estate has your back! Call 937-378-3800.