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New-home defects often missed

Buyers need own inspector to check utilities, crawl space
Published on Dec 18, 2007

Dear Barry, Is it necessary to get my own home inspection on a newly constructed home, or should the inspection by the city inspector be accepted as adequate? --Dean Dear Dean, Some readers may wonder why this subject, in varying forms, is recurrent in this column. It is because questions about inspecting new homes are asked so frequently and because the answer is vital to anyone who plans to buy a new home. Experienced home inspectors have learned that all new homes have defects of one kind or another, regardless of the quality of construction or the integrity of the builder. This is because human imperfection prevents anything as large and as complex as a home from being constructed flawlessly. A commonly held fallacy is that all construction defects will be discovered by municipal building inspectors. This view is highly mistaken, but not because of professional shortcomings on the part of those inspectors. The purpose, scope, time allotment and procedures for municipal ...

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