"My new house passed the final code inspection,
why do I need a General Home Inspection"
As the Closing papers are flying by
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.
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!
When I do an inspection, I open all accessible panels and operate every system in the home simultaneously evaluating each systems performance and how that system interacts with the other systems in the home. I do this to simulate how you might operate the house and to try to make the home reveal any weaknesses it may have. My findings are than reported to you immediately, so you can make an informed and confident buying decision.
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.