New Construction Inspection

At Cumberland Inspection Service we know that buying a new home is an exciting experience with the opportunity to pick out paint colors and floor coverings.  In all the excitement of figuring out where the furniture will go and your new route to work, don’t forget to get your new home inspected by a qualified home inspector.  It’s best to have a licensed home inspector inspect a new home during early phases of construction when more of the house is visible.  But, if the house is almost complete when you decide to buy it, it’s still important to get a home inspection on a new home.  The walk-through with the builder is not enough.  You need a professional looking out for you.  Here’s why you should get an inspection on a new home:

  1. Overlooked items and short cuts: Most builders are honest and seek to deliver a finished home free of defects and problems. They want you to be satisfied and happy with your new home, but all too often small items are missed or skipped when short cuts are made by the subcontractors the builders higher.  Most are minor issues that don’t seem that big at the time, but given some time they turn into major headaches and cost for the home owner, usually well after the builder’s warranty is up.  A new construction home inspection will catch any short cuts and ensure your home is built without defects.

2. Code inspection are just that – Code. Local municipalities and towns enact building codes to ensure the basic bare minimum safety standards for construction in their area.  These codes are bare minimum and only focus on individual systems of the building and do not address the whole building and how all the systems work together as one unit.  This is a vital area of performance that all too often is overlooked.

3. Problems found before you buy can be fixed before moving in to your new home. You won’t have to deal with the dust and noise from repairs, or the inconvenience of having to stay home from work while workers are in your house. While there will likely be some minor touch-ups that will need to take place after you move in, you will want the builder to fix any significant repairs before you move in.

4. Defects can be repaired before they result in serious consequences or costly damage. Safety items such as gas leaks need to be addressed to protect you and your family. Missing attic insulation that will result in higher utility bills can be installed. Raised shingles which can lead to rotted roof sheathing can be repaired. Missing or poorly installed wall flashing that allows water intrusion into your walls and ceilings can be corrected.  Given a few months or years these small items could add up to major headaches and a hard hit on your pocket book.

5. There’s never enough time or money to do things right the first time, but there is always enough time and money to do it right the second time around. This is an old saying we have all heard but it is so true when it comes to home building.  Getting your home inspected ensures that your home is done right the first time, and that you won’t be left holding the bag when the symptoms of poor craftsmanship start to appear.

6. It matters at resale. When you decide to sell your formerly new home, the buyer will likely get a home inspection. Deficiencies that date back to the original construction will be discovered even if you never knew they existed. At this point, it’s too late to get the builder involved. You now own those problems.

The Good News is that hiring a professional licensed home inspector to inspect your new dream home can pay for itself many times over both monetarily and with peace of mind.  You can feel confident that problems are identified and corrected early before you buy your home.  At Cumberland Inspection Service we have a detailed and systematic approach to new home construction inspections that is designed to give you knowledge and understanding of your new home so that you can have confidence and security with your new home purchase.  For new home construction we offer:

  1. Full consultation services beginning with the site preparation and foundation going all the way to the final walk thru.
  2. Phased inspections that correspond to specific milestones in the construction process: 
    • Foundation or pre-slab
    • Framing
    • Rough-in
    • Final
  3. Final walk thru inspections. All though this inspection doesn’t allow us to see inside the walls, we do a complete home inspection that covers the roof to the foundation.
  4. One-time inspections of specific systems
  5. Local representative for out of state buyers

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Contact us for more information or if you would like to schedule an inspection.