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   So, some of the defects we find are plumbing drains that never got connected or are clogged with construction debris, missing base plates on appliances, wall dings from clumsy workmen, attic hatches that have been covered over with blown insulation by the insulation contractor (always a big surprise for the first person that opens the hatch), windows that are over-shimmed and the compressed frame makes opening them difficult, and little items like a couple of cabinet pulls that just got forgotten in the push to finish the project.

   It’s true that your new home will have already been inspected several times by the local building department for code compliance, but there are a number of things they do not check, such as:

  1. 1)Shoddy workmanship: poorly hung doors, badly mitered corner of trim,  and loose faucets, for example. Sloppy work is not a building code issue.

  2. 2)Building inspectors only do a “walk through” of the home. They don’t climb up on the roof or crawl in the attic. Home inspectors get up into these areas, and routinely find problems overlooked by a municipal inspector.

  3. 3)Inspectors from the local building department do not actually test major appliances like the air conditioning system. They only do a visual inspection for proper installation.

   While the builder will assure you that any defects you find after you have moved in will be fixed promptly, it’s always better to get those headaches out of the way first. Bypassing the inspection may leave you with problems you only find after the warranty has expired. We provide you with a “punch list” of repair items to give your builder before closing.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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