I'm buying a newly constructed home that was a "inventory" or "spec" home and so was fairly well along in the construction process when I bought it. Consequently I didn’t have much of a chance to go out and have an inspector take a look at it b4 the drywall went up. My close date is 11/28/06 and I'm wondering if I should have an inspector with me when I go through the final New Home Owner inspection. If it helps the builder is US Homes, it’s a signature series home and is located in AZ.
Definitely get an inspector. I'm a new home builder and unfortunately a lot of these "production" builders will hire anyone to build their homes, regardless of qualifications. You would be very surprised by what I see. As a builder myself, I always welcome a visit from a home inspector. Unfortunately, he will not be able to see behind the drywall, but he will still be able to check the attic for signs of truss damage and proper insulation. They will usually climb on the roof too and make sure the shingles or roof tiles are installed properly, etc. My only caution is that a lot of them will note cosmetic issues if they cannot find anything wrong structurally. They feel they have to write something down to make you feel like your money was well spent. Don't be too concerned with the cosmetic issues. Congratulations on your new home.
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