Have you ever wondered what is the #1 mistake home buyers and sellers make? According to the article below from bankrate.com, it is “Not Having New Construction Inspected.”
As certified home inspectors in Atlanta, all we can say is “Yes and amen!” You wouldn’t believe some of the things we’ve seen on new half-million dollar homes over the last couple of months. During final inspections on brand new homes we have found things like:
– cut floor joists
– no flashing around a chimney
– dozens of unsealed toe-board holes on a roof
– a house with no foundation anchors
– multiple active gas leaks
– improperly plumbed water heaters
– improperly wired outlets
And that is just scratching the surface. These homes were built by reputable builders in the Atlanta area who had a hard time finding supervisors to keep on the subcontractors.
Some people think that they don’t need an inspection on a new home because the municipal inspectors should catch anything wrong. Here’s why that is terrible thinking: A municipal inspector may do 20 inspections in a day and be at any given house for 15-20 minutes. A good home inspector will do no more than 2 inspections in a day and be at a house for at least 3 hours. Who is more likely to find a problem?
So what are some other home inspection mistakes? Take a look at this article to find out more.