A new home is supposed to be free of maintenance and repairs right? Actually this popular belief is not true. New homes unfortunately can come with rushed deadlines and the use of substandard materials. It is therefore extremely important to have your house inspected by a professional Home Inspector.
You should always opt for a pre-purchase inspection to ensure your new home was built properly and the necessary safety measures were followed. After all, it would be quite frustrating to find some of your electrical outlets don’t work or your basement is susceptible to flooding during major rain storms.
Below is a list of common new home problems that your certified Home Inspector can help you discover prior to purchase, saving you a lot of money and headaches.
- Water seepage. If water is found in the basement, it could be a sign of improper grading; meaning the ground adjacent to the home isn’t sloping away from the home as it should. It could also be due to defective gutters and downspouts.
- Settling cracks in the foundation. Cracks in the foundation are often caused when a new home is built on a hill or landfill. Cracks can cause your foundation to shift and experience further cracking if they are not immediately repaired.
- Poor attic ventilation. Poor ventilation in the attic can lead to mould and mildew problems throughout the house.
- Poorly installed attic insulation. It is important to conserve energy and if the insulation in the attic is not properly installed, the rest of the house will lose heat in the winter and cold in the summer. Your home inspector will check that ventilation isn’t covered and vapour barriers are facing the right way.
- Poor fitted duct work in heating systems and air conditioning units will produce a lot more heat and cold air that only your wallet will feel! It is important to ensure ducts are fitted properly.
- Poor roof construction and workmanship. Your Home Inspector will inspect your roof to ensure flashing was properly installed and proper materials were used in the overall construction of your roof.
- Unprofessional brick work. Whether the mortar was poorly applied or other details were done amateurishly, this could be a sign of other issues you have not yet discovered!