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Why New Construction Homes Need a Home Inspection

By March 15, 2021August 31st, 2021No Comments

When you think “home inspection,” what comes to mind? An inspector arrives at a house with a checklist and a flashlight, and dutifully goes from room to room, inspecting for defects.

It’s non-invasive, methodical, and thorough. Home Inspections happen when the owner of the house is getting ready to sell it, when a potential buyer wants to purchase it, or after a natural disaster strikes and the owner needs to professionally assess the damage for repairs.


Not always. The fact of the matter is that new construction homes deserve attention too. A newly constructed home can—and should—be inspected. And though it may seem counterintuitive, it is actually a smart move for seasoned buyers and first time homeowners.

The foundation’s been laid, the drywall’s been installed, the roof’s been shingled. The plumbing? Done. The electrical? Done. The doors, the windows, the insulation. Done. Done. Done.

So why would you need to have a brand new home inspected?

New home, new problems

Not all new homes are constructed the same. While some homes are immaculate, fitted, formed, joisted, and hoisted, other newly constructed homes are far from perfect.

During inspections of new construction homes, Zoom Home Inspections has found a multitude of problems. To name a few:

  • Missing and damaged shingles on the roof
  • Broken trusses in the attic
  • Plumbing leaks saturating the lower floors that are not yet visible to the naked eye
  • Missing support posts in the floor structure
  • Water in crawl spaces creating mold growth

Imagine if the new construction home hadn’t had a proper and professional home inspection. While the proud new homeowners may have spotted some of the problems themselves and had them repaired, other unseen and incipient problems most likely would not be noticed until they led to some major problems down the road.

Protect your investment

Nearly every new construction home inspection exposes issues and faults. By ordering a professional inspection of your new home, you protect what is most likely your biggest financial investment. The issues, problems, faults, and damage found in the inspection allow you to put the onus on the contractor, construction company, or developer to make all the necessary repairs at the outset—and to pay for them.

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. And though it may not be the first thing you think of when purchasing that new dream home, the initial inspection is an investment that more than pays for itself.


Zoom Home Inspections performs quick and complete home inspections in Issaquah, Seattle, and throughout the Puget Sound region.

“Brian was very thorough, personable and excellent at explaining things to make them easy to understand.” – Maya R.


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