Beware of builder who forbids inspection

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DEAR BARRY: We opened escrow on a brand-new home, and the builder refuses to allow a home inspector on the property. He insists that a home inspection is not necessary because the house has a one-year warranty and because an occupancy permit was issued by the building department. Since the home is new and it is warranted, should we be concerned about having a home inspection? --Jake & Falynn DEAR JAKE & FALYNN: Builders who are honest and reasonable know better than to prohibit a home inspection. A professional inspection is a routine process in most residential purchases, regardless of whether the home is old or new. When sellers prevent buyers from having a home inspection, their motives and integrity are suspect. In your case, the builder has made two false assumptions: First, he assumes that new homes are free of defects because the building department has signed off on the construction; and second, he asserts that a one-year builder's warranty insures a buyer a...