Saturday, July 01, 2006

Project Update: Inspection

You know how everyone says "always get a house inspection"?

Always get a house inspection. Even on new construction.

Even though our house is brand-spanking new, we decided to pay the 300-odd bucks for a professional inspector. This morning, we met him at the house and went over his report, and while the house is in excellent shape (it should be, right?), there were a few things that we never would have noticed.

As one example, just a few of the windows didn't have metal flashing above them, so the top trim would eventually begin to rot. Not a huge deal in the grand scheme of things, but that little fix alone is worth the $300.

These little things are normal for new home construction. Builders are people. People get distracted. And inspectors serve as a great checks-and-balances mechanism.

We'll go back to the builder with our final punch list and should be closing on the house next week, if all goes according to plan. After we close the deal, we'll embark on a few small projects that we hope to complete before we move and make the house our own.

More to come...


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don’t believe in these home inspectors because where I used to build – Toronto – they are not regulated. Any schmuck can make some cards up and call himself a home inspector. One purchaser had a home inspector come through one of my homes per our agreement. I laughed so hard when I saw the comment “Installed skylight may leak in future”. And so will the roof.
I just find that home inspectors for new home construction need to comment on the minutest details in order to justify their fees.

It’s good that he caught the flashing detail – I assume your windows are wood. However, your architect should have had a detail like that in the drawings.

Good luck with the house.


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