New Home Inspections - Minneapolis
You may not realize that new home inspections are just as important as inspecting an older home before finalizing the purchase. Nearly always, it’s nothing more than a formality just to assure that nothing was overlooked. However, it is well worth the peace of mind you will experience in knowing you won’t have a surprise problem that easily could have been caught by a new home inspector. Although most reputable contractors will work with you and fix a problem that was overlooked, it’s a lot easier and less stressful to have it taken care of before finalizing the sale.
A new house has already been inspected, as a matter of fact, it was repeatedly inspected throughout the building process. However, those were conducted by a code inspector to assure the structural integrity of the building along with making sure it is up to modern standards for safety. An independent real estate inspector is double checking those attributes while also looking for more than that in the sense of value.
Privately conducted real estate inspections check for simple things that are sometimes overlooked in the final stages of home building. The details like tightening handles on kitchen drawers and making sure doors open and close properly can be left unfinished. Inspectors make sure all the electric outlets and switches work. Perhaps most importantly, they make sure nothing was finished improperly. There are very few contractors who would purposely allow this, but on occasion a sub-contractor or employee may leave something that looks okay to the layman while a professional can see it isn’t right. It’s much better to have an inspector catch such a problem before the sale proceeds rather than to realize it later.
What to Expect
Although each inspector may have developed their own process, there are a few things typical to an inspection. The inspector is going to walk around the property upon arriving. He is not just taking a look at the property, but doing a preliminary visual inspection of the home from different distances and angles. Architectural lines can form an illusion up close but look completely out of whack from a distance. If a horizontal line is out of level or vertical line out of plumb, it’s easier to notice from a distance. In addition to the house being inspected, he’s also taking a glance at the neighboring homes to get an idea of what the neighborhood is like.
As he approaches the house he looks for obvious problems with the siding and roof. Being a new home, he’ll likely go on the roof to assure everything is finished and finished properly. He’s then going to inspect the foundation of the house, checking for any settling or signs of water not properly draining.
After that, he’s going to go inside and go over everything with a fine toothed comb. It’s a tedious job. He’ll check every door, cabinet, electric outlet, and everything else to make sure it works. If appliances are included he makes sure they are the right ones and fit correctly in the space designed for them. You’ll be surprised if you watch him as you’ll see him checking things you never would have thought of.
The inspection is always worth the expense. Typically your loan will require it to protect the bank’s interests. Rest assured, you’ll be glad you had it done and can sleep well knowing you made a good purchase.