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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #15 on: March 28, 2014, 11:58:05 AM »
You probably should.  I just recently hired an inspector for pre drywall inspection (Steve Latatorre based on recommendations from several TI members).  He found like 40+ issues  , mostly minor like missing nail plates, gaps not sealed properly, loose nails, wiring tube too close to the chimney tube etc.   The builder (KB Homes) was kind enough to address most of the issues (and explaining the one they don't on why) before putting the drywall up.    I would probably would not have catch any of those myself..   

I did also learned a lot actually from talking to Steve while doing the rounds (He can actually be too chatty and gives too much information sometimes, but nevertheless its a good learning experience that you won't learn from the walk-through with the builder's supervisor unless you ask them).



GH, do you plan on having Steve do the final walkthrough inspection also?  How much does he charge? 

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #16 on: March 28, 2014, 12:25:21 PM »
GH, do you plan on having Steve do the final walkthrough inspection also?  How much does he charge? 

Most likely yes.   HE said the rate depends on a lot of factor.  I'll PM you how much I paid (don't think I should put it in a public post).  It includes a detailed report of his findings complete with pictures of all the issues he found and explanation of the issue (some also has website links to prove his case on why it is an issue).

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #17 on: March 28, 2014, 01:55:19 PM »
Thanks all for your help.

You are right.  Steve can TALK.  I send him an email ask how much is the inspection.  He wrote me a LONG LONG LONG email back.  I copy and paste into MS words and his email is 3 pages, 1214 words, 5942 characters (no spaces), 7188 characters (with spaces), 14 paragraphs, 85 lines...

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #18 on: March 28, 2014, 02:03:48 PM »
Thanks all for your help.

You are right.  Steve can TALK.  I send him an email ask how much is the inspection.  He wrote me a LONG LONG LONG email back.  I copy and paste into MS words and his email is 3 pages, 1214 words, 5942 characters (no spaces), 7188 characters (with spaces), 14 paragraphs, 85 lines...

hahaha .. wait until you talk to him on the phone.  The first time I talked to him on the phone, he was convincing me why the need for inspector and all and all his license and experience.  I am already convinced beforehand based on the recommendation here on TI but I did ask a few questions on the mechanics, rates and all.  We were on the phone for maybe 10 minutes already (I probably only talked only for like a minute), I told him I'll contact him once I get the schedule, he was like .. you need to ask more questions so that you know what to do and make sure the inspector is experienced etc etc and he went on for like another 3-4 minutes before I really had to cut him off because I have to go ..  :)

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #19 on: April 01, 2014, 03:11:51 PM »
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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #20 on: April 01, 2014, 03:18:25 PM »
I've used Affordable Home Inspection twice and thought they were decent.  One inspector was better than the other. 
http://www.affordable-inspections.com/

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #21 on: April 01, 2014, 03:28:23 PM »
I know Steve is the holy grail on TI but I'm thinking about using someone else for my new home final inspection. Anyone use Matt Henderson of summit recently (from Inc's compiled contractor list) or have any experience with other home inspectors? 

i used him on house we looked at in orange. also very good. i used him on several homes actually. even gave me a discount on the second home. then peeps here on TI were using steve so figured i would just give him a shot for the new home build we ended up buying. but would recommend matt.

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #22 on: November 26, 2014, 06:26:46 PM »
Here's interesting read about why hire a home inspector for new construction is a good idea. 

The shoddy construction and hidden dangers in newly-built homes
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The founder of Munro Home Inspections has seen toilets not bolted down securely, kitchen hood fans ventilated improperly, and joist hangers installed upside down, all in homes just about to be put on the market for the first time.

Then there was an 80-litre hot tub in the master bedroom ensuite located over the dining room in a beautiful new home that had been staged for an open house. As he does with all his inspections, Munro filled up the tub to make sure all the jets were working properly.

“I was somewhere else in the house waiting for the tub to fill, and then I hear a loud crack,” Munro says. “The next thing I know the hot tub is in the basement two floors below. There were giant holes in two floors.”

Architectural drawings showed there was enough framing to support the weight of a full tub, but during construction, workers hadn’t installed the requisite lumber.

So when someone asks Munro if they really need to get a new residence inspected, his answer is “Absolutely.”

 

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