If you’re thinking about purchasing a brand-spanking-new, never-been-lived-in home in the Washington, DC area, you might assume a home inspection is unnecessary.
Since the home is new, it’s understandable to assume the developer has to adhere to local construction guidelines, which would mean everything is in tip-top shape.
However, err on the side of caution – always hire an inspector, whether the home is old or new.
Guidelines for a New Home Inspection
You can ask the builder to provide copies of any inspection reports on the property, architectural plans, surveys and pertinent construction documents for your inspector to review.
The inspector should either be a professional home inspector, an engineer, an architect or a contractor.
Hire a Professional
When hiring a professional inspector, look for one who belongs to a home inspection trade organization, such as the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). This group has developed formal inspection guidelines and a professional code of ethics for its members.
Membership in ASHI is not automatic. Proven field experience and technical knowledge about structures and their various systems and appliances are required.
Don’t forget to ask for references, and follow up with the ones they provide.
Don’t Go for the Lowest Quote
Whatever you do, don’t choose your inspector based on the lowest quote. Rates vary greatly. Many inspectors charge about $400, but costs increase based on the scope of the inspection.
I am happy to provide you with contact information for reputable home inspectors in the DC area to help ease your mind about inspecting a new home.
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