01:16PM | 10/17/06
Member Since: 10/16/06
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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.

Many Thanks!


04:28PM | 10/17/06
Member Since: 06/06/03
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yes, get an inspection! a word to the wise. there is no such thing as a perfect home. an inspector can find unsafe conditions and other things you might not even think about. And personally, we have owned many homes--the worst of which was a brand-new home. I recommend an inspector. Best regards and congratulations on your new home!


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06:43AM | 10/19/06
Member Since: 10/17/06
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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.


09:11AM | 10/19/06
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Interesting response; thanks studta.

I am, personally, amazed at how little one can rely on the city/county inspection process to catch some really MAJOR stuff. Then they can make life miserable for a homeowner doing the piddliest little project.

Nothing against city inspectors personally, but I have seen more than one home that never shoulda been passed at several major steps along the way. Important structural things, too!

I like the comment about not sweating cosmetic issues. If a home inspector can spot things like if the chimney might catch the home on fire and other big things, he/she will have been well worth the cost.

thanks for the post!


-k2 in CO

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