During the construction of a new home, your builder acts as a conductor would in an orchestra. The builder is the person in charge of coordinating all the smaller contractors and builders who are involved in the main construction of your home. Carpenters, electricians, plumbers, painters, are just a few of the people involved.
With so many cooks in the kitchen, it is imperative for the builder to keep track of everything and inspect the progress. Not only does the builder make sure the project is running on schedule, they also make sure everything is up to standard.
A couple weeks before the closing date, your builder will most likely walk through the home and make several notes of things that must be changed or repaired before you see the home for the first time. This includes everything from minor issues like cracked drywall to major plumbing emergencies and everything in between. In most cases, you won't have any idea that the builder has actually done this pre-inspection, but they do, just in case.
A Few Days Before Closing
You will get the chance to walk through the home a few days before the closing date. This is your opportunity to see the finished product for the first time and point out any changes or problems you and the builder may see. Remember, the builder has most likely already done the first inspection and made recommendations based on their findings, so feel free to be as picky as possible.
In the final inspection, it's common to go around the home with a roll of blue painters tape to make marks notifying the builder of any points of concern. Think of this as the final edit on the biggest purchase of your life, so you want to be thorough.
The next most important thing to do is to develop a timeline with the builder. Most minor issues are dealt with right away and resolved within a couple days of the final inspection, however, some problems require more extensive work and you may not see a solution for anywhere from 10-20 days. This is normal. If you establish a timeline with the builder, you will get a better idea of how long things will take and you can hold them to their promises if things go wrong.
The Importance of Having a Home Inspection Done On Your New Construction Home
Hopefully your new construction home will experience no problems. However, even the most experienced contractors will make errors from time to time. Getting a home inspection done on your new construction house can help ensure that you will catch any errors in your home while the structure is under warranty.
Your home inspector will check:
Plumbing for possible leaks and faulty installation
Overall structure and appearance of foundation
Viability of the roof
Lights and electrical appliances are able to turn on and work properly
Your home inspector may also check to ensure that your home is built to code. Some home buyers choose to get an inspection twice: once before the home is finished and once after. This gives the inspector a chance to find possible problems with the home's wiring and plumbing before it's hidden by walls.
The builder will also often ask you to keep note of anything that may go wrong in your first 30-60 days of living in the home. This is standard for most new homes and is one of the most significant benefits to buying a new home over an existing property.
As you keep the channels of communication open and discuss problems with honesty and clarity, the builder should have no problem accommodating your demands with minimal hassle. To learn more about the process of buying a new construction home, call Military Home Search in Colorado Springs, CO at 719-373-1906 or toll-free at 800-205-6170 today.
Lauren Schneider, Real Estate Agent and Military Relocation Professional (MRP)
Lauren Schneider has lived in Colorado Springs for nearly 20 years and knows that the military is what keeps this town ticking, which is one of the reasons she's chosen to pursue her dream of helping military families with all of their homebuying needs. Learn more about Lauren or start your home search now.