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New home + home inspector
« on: March 27, 2014, 10:09:17 AM »
I am going to buy a new home.  Should I still hire a home inspector?

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2014, 10:46:20 AM »
I am going to buy a new home.  Should I still hire a home inspector?

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The TI consensus is yes.

You would think you wouldn't need one because it's a NEW home, but from some posts on here regarding 3rd party inspections of new builds, they have found a significant number of problems.

If you're spending that much money, the cost of 3rd party inspector is worth it.
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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2014, 10:05:19 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).


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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2014, 10:09:45 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).

That's cool KB allowed a HI.  I want to bring along a HI for my pre-drywall inspection but my builder won't allow it. Their reasoning is that they build a quality product that the HI usually won't find any issues so they'll nitpick to make it seem like the buyer is getting their money worth.


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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2014, 10:14:58 AM »
Yes but if TIC is building your house...he's basically only allowed to come out during the final walkthrough.

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2014, 10:16:34 AM »
That's cool KB allowed a HI.  I want to bring along a HI for my pre-drywall inspection but my builder won't allow it. Their reasoning is that they build a quality product that the HI usually won't find any issues so they'll nitpick to make it seem like the buyer is getting their money worth.
I find this ridiculous.

Who's the one spending hundreds of thousands of dollars here?

That's a like public company saying they don't need a 3rd party auditor because they don't make mistakes.
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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2014, 10:23:39 AM »
That's cool KB allowed a HI.  I want to bring along a HI for my pre-drywall inspection but my builder won't allow it. Their reasoning is that they build a quality product that the HI usually won't find any issues so they'll nitpick to make it seem like the buyer is getting their money worth.
I find this ridiculous.

Who's the one spending hundreds of thousands of dollars here?

That's a like public company saying they don't need a 3rd party auditor because they don't make mistakes.

i work at a public company - and we dont make mistakes.

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2014, 10:24:11 AM »
Based on what the inspector said, Most builds will be up to standard/code, but the city inspector would not really go into details on the minor things.  For example, the missing nail plates on the wall frame where the wiring passes through.  Most of these would pass through city inspections, but down the road, if you unknowingly try to hang something on the wall and nail on that spot, you can potentially hit the wiring which would cause a huge problem.   These takes them like a minute to fix so no big deal really for the builder.

Actually, before the inspection, Steve keeps on reminding me to stall the walkthrough as long as possible so that he can have all the time he needs to look through everything.  But we were lucky that our supervisor is nice and he allowed him to continue as long as he want even though we are done with the walkthough.

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2014, 10:26:29 AM »
isnt Steve's voice from bilt-rite perfect for voice overs or radio? i can listen to that guy all day.

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2014, 10:28:47 AM »
i work at a public company - and we dont make mistakes.
Now this puts your whole claim of bat size into jeopardy.

Liar liar 3rd leg on fire!!!
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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2014, 10:30:56 AM »
i work at a public company - and we dont make mistakes.
Now this puts your whole claim of bat size into jeopardy.

Liar liar 3rd leg on fire!!!

fine - I dont make mistakes. dont make me post a pic of the BAT here man.

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2014, 10:41:13 AM »
isnt Steve's voice from bilt-rite perfect for voice overs or radio? i can listen to that guy all day.

hahaha .. very true.  :)

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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2014, 11:20:58 AM »
IP was very adamant about not allowing inspectors.  I wonder if Steve would go along with saying he's just your friend who knows a lot about houses.



Yes but if TIC is building your house...he's basically only allowed to come out during the final walkthrough.


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Re: New home + home inspector
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Re: New home + home inspector
« Reply #14 on: March 28, 2014, 11:27:46 AM »
IP was very adamant about not allowing inspectors.  I wonder if Steve would go along with saying he's just your friend who knows a lot about houses.



Yes but if TIC is building your house...he's basically only allowed to come out during the final walkthrough.



Nope. He wants permission from the builder. Won't do it without.

Also the IP already knows him pretty well.  They will recognized him right away. 

 

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