"My new house passed code inspection,
why do I need a General Home Inspection"
Why you need a home inspection even with a new home?
As the closing papers are flying by for a signature many home buyers "sign off" on items in the home that are missing, broken or may not be working correctly. The builder promises to make good but things come up, time passes and nothing gets done. You may not know it but the moment you take possession of your new home there is a long list of items your new home warranty does not cover and the builder may not be responsible to repair.
Nothing wears the newness off of buying a home like an unexpected problem. A problem that could have been avoided if a home inspection had been done prior to the purchase.
A home inspection is both a investigative as well as an informative experience. You may have looked at a home several times, peering in closets or maybe up into an attic space, but what do you know about he house? How many tons is the cooling system, how many gallons is the water heater, will I be able to run a gas line to a outside grill, how expandable is the expandable area? Questions like these can often be answered with the Basic Home Inspection.
Home Inspections can take from 2-5 hours depending on the size of the home. During the inspection a visual and operational check of the Structure, Exterior, Roof, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Interior, Insulation, Ventilation and if installed wood burning or gas burning systems and components are inspected. We'll also operate the built-in appliances and see how they are working.
After the home inspection we will discuss the inspection findings with you on-site and a detailed formal 'Home Inspection Report' will be sent to you by e-mail in a few hours. The report will list the defects in a 'Summary', display photos taken during the inspection as well as give general descriptive information about the systems and components in the home. Once equipped with this knowledge, you can make a informed confident buying decision about your home purchase.
The purpose of a code inspection is to provide,
the minimum requirements to safeguard life or limb, health and public welfare. Code inspectors inspect very specific things at very specific times during the construction process. Code inspectors are not required to verify what they inspect actually works. Here's an example, a code inspector is called to inspect a furnace installation. He checks the gas line, flue and wiring connections for proper installation. Depending on the code department, he may not open the furnace covers, observe the furnace ignite and actually verify that warm air is coming out of the wall and ceiling outlets!
In Mississippi only a home inspector with a 'NH' new home rating on their license card can inspect new homes. I am rated as a 'NH' or new home licensed, MHIB 0189NH.
Commonly defects found during new home inspections:
- Plumbing fixtures that do not operate correctly
- Reversed wiring of electrical circuits and components
- Non-working electrical circuits
- Improperly sized circuit breakers
- Missing attic insulation
- Problems with heating and/or cooling systems
- Leaking gas lines
- Blocked waste drain lines
- Leaking plumbing fixtures
- Broken windows
- Non-working heating ducts
- Improperly installed appliances
- The list goes on and on ................
New home inspections are not just about cosmetic items or "punch lists". They are about checking behind every contractor to see what was possibly missed, poorly installed, what works and what doesn't. The home inspector in many cases may be the first person to have everything running in the house for the first time at the same time.