Things to Watch Out For in Your New Construction Home

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Do I really need an inspection on a new construction home?

If you’re buying a newly constructed home, you might think to yourself, why would I need a home inspection? The truth is, you probably need a home inspection even more on a new construction home.

A newly built home hasn’t been tested by having someone live in it to find all the little problems and missed details from construction, so having an inspector put the home’s systems through some stress is a great idea before you move in. 

Here are some examples of issues we’ve found with new homes.

new construction missing windowsills
This brand new townhome had missing window sills on four exterior windows. It seems like kind of a major oversight.

new construction unhooked bathtub

The plumbing on this luxury bathtub is not connected. That would have been a heck of a mess instead of a relaxing bath. The inspector said he’s seen this on a number of new construction homes.

new construction missing brick


When the guy who installed the sprinkler system and the guy who installed the fence don’t communicate. We see this specific problem all the time.  

These are all pretty small issues, but they can add up to big headaches for a new homeowner.

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  1. USN Vet says

    Good article. If you want a second option. I personally recommend Cofer Home Inspections because Julian Cofer is a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran with years of experience in home inspections. He’s a friendly guy and no house is too small or big.

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