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Raleigh Real Estate Answers – Should I obtain my own home inspection on a newly constructed home, or is the inspection by the building inspector OK?

Raleigh Real Estate Answers – Should I obtain my own home inspection on a newly constructed home, or is the inspection by the building inspector adequate?

Several weeks ago I discussed the topic of home inspections in the Marti Hampton Blog and you may wonder why I am writing about it again.

The answer is that questions about inspecting new homes are asked very frequently and the answer is vital to anyone planning on purchasing a new Raleigh home.

The experts tell us that all new homes have defects of one kind or another, regardless of the quality of construction or the integrity of the builder. This is because home construction is complex, home builders are human and as a result no construction is done flawlessly.

Further more, it is unrealistic to think that all construction defects will be discovered by the local home building inspectors. This is not to suggest a lack of professionalism on the part of those inspectors. The purpose, scope, time allotment and procedures for Raleigh and Wake county home inspections are not the same as for licensed home inspectors.

Raleigh and Wake County inspectors inspect primarily for code compliance, not for quality of workmanship. They can cite a builder for improper structural framing and require the Raleigh home builder to make corrections. They do inspect the home for plumbing problems like non-complying drain connections. The electrical inspection will make sure the home meets the North Carolina Electrical code as well. However, a poorly fitted door, an uneven tile countertop and slipshod finish work are not included in the list of concerns.

They come to the job site with a clipboard and a codebook. They are not looking closely at the finishes, appliances, etc. A home inspector will often spend two to three hours at the home and will test the stove top, oven, hot water heater and other appliances. The Home Inspector Licensure Board does not require a home inspector to inspect for pools and spas, detached structures and certain other items.

Since licensed NC (Raleigh) home inspectors are not required to inspect for these items it is important to ask what the new Home Inspection will cover.

In conclusion, if you want to buy Raleigh real estate do not forego the benefits of a thorough home inspection.

And be sure to find an inspector with years of experience and a reputation for thoroughness – ask the Marti Hampton team and we’ll be happy to recommend several qualified home inspectors.

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