If you’re buying an older home, it goes without saying that you should always get a building inspection done before signing on the dotted line. You want to know that the house you’re buying for your family or investment purposes is structurally sound and doesn’t come with excessive hidden costs.
But did you know getting a building inspector in to check your brand new home is also vital to ensure you’re making a good investment?
When you buy a new home, it’s natural to think everything is in perfect order. To the untrained eye, it may look immaculate inside and out, and you might ask yourself, “What could go wrong?”
The short answer is heaps.
New property builds require multiple subcontractors to work together simultaneously to bring a project to completion – there’s electricians, plumbers, carpenters, insulation installers, landscape gardeners, painters, plasterers and more going through your would-be property at once. Even in the construction stage, it’s crucial to pay particular attention that the structure is sound because drywall can hide a multitude of substandard work.
While a building project manager will coordinate this hive of activity to the absolute best of their ability, things can and do get overlooked – especially if you’re buying in a new estate where there might be hundreds of homes worked over in a short timeline. Even the most ethical builder cannot possibly scrutinise every aspect of every detail, component and contractor across a large construction project.
Won’t my builder’s insurance or warranty cover any issues after I move in?
All new builds should come with a warranty that significant code violation and major defects will be repaired at the builder’s expense. However, not all builders are created equal: some will have a genuine concern for their clients’ welfare; others, not so much. In the worst case scenario, a builder may render the warranty void after you’ve signed over the funds, leaving you to foot the bill for repairs, legal costs and/or a property investment you’ll have trouble selling on in the future.
So, rather than rush through settlement and take possession thinking the builder’s warranty covers you – only to discover costly defects after you move in – be safe rather than sorry and book a new home inspection. Having an independent inspector cast their expert eye over every stage of the build (frame and wall construction, pre-insulation and final walkthrough) will be able to catch problems before they become disasters. It will also give you time to claim on the warranty and motivate your builder to make repairs before final handover and exchange of monies.
Here’s a list of the sort of things your building inspector will keep an eye out for:
- Substandard wall and roof frame
- Quality of materials used
- Faulty or dead electrical switches
- Building code violations
- Dodgy paint jobs
- Badly installed installation
- Quality of workmanship
- Disconnected drain lines
- Sticking windows
- Incorrectly hung doors
- Unconnected exhaust fans.
Your home is probably the most significant investment you’ll make in your lifetime. But there’s no such thing as a defect-free house – and that’s why it pays to hire a building inspector to protect your investment as much as possible.
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