Do you need an inspection on a newly built home?
You'd think a county building inspector would catch many of these problems so that you don't need an inspection on new construction. Just take a look at the pictures below from new construction inspections:
Standing water in the crawl space. Drainage needed improving and/or a sump pump needed to be installed.
Plastic vapor barrier missing from crawl space. Moisture more likely to evaporate up into living spaces from the soil below.
No insulation installed in attic.
Nail heads driven too deeply in wood fiber siding, and not caulked. The warranty for wood fiber siding will be voided when siding is installed incorrectly.
Clothes dryer duct fitting installed crooked, so a duct clamp won't fit on it.
Scrap wood left on (wet) soil in crawl space. A conducive condition for wood destroying organisms.
Cardboard form left on isolated footing in crawl space. A conducive condition for wood destroying organisms.
Crawl space vent screen pushed in from vent. Rodents can easily enter the crawl space.
Nails installed then removed from wood fiber siding. Holes not caulked and painted.
Outward-swinging entry door with hinges exposed. Hinges didn't have security pins or studs to prevent the pins from being removed, and the door from being removed. A security hazard.
Caulk missing from where wires enter wood fiber siding.
Nail heads protruding from wood fiber siding, with substandard caulk.
Hole in foundation (viewed from crawl space) with daylight visible. A source for rodent and water entry.
Nail protruding from wood fiber siding.
Plumbing vent pipe too short above roof surface. Should be 6 inches or more above roof surface to prevent snow or debris from blocking it.
Loose nails at stair tread boards. Treads were loose, resulting in a fall hazard.
Too-large hole drilled in wood fiber siding for condensate drain line from furnace in attic. Gap around drain line was too large to be sealed with caulk.
A plumbing drain line in the crawl space that should have been supported by the metal strap on the right, but instead was being supported by the energized branch circuit electric wire. Note the hump in the drain line slope.
Large gap between wood siding and crawl space vent, too large to be sealed with caulk.
Cabinet doors out of alignment.
Unfinished electric boxes in attic. Switches, a light and cover plates should have been installed.
Loose blocking between roof trusses in attic.
Insulation blocking crawl space vent.
Sealant missing from nail heads at roof flashing.
"Z" flashing missing from above band boards over wood fiber siding. Water is likely to seep behind band boards and cause siding to rot.
"H" clips missing where oriented strand board roof sheathing edges meet. Roof sheathing more likely to sag in the future.
Step missing below door between house and garage. A fall hazard. Don't wait until you sell your once-new home to find out what you've been living in. Wouldn't you rather have your home inspector tell you what's wrong with your home before you move into it, rather than having your buyer's inspector tell you what's wrong with it when you're trying to sell?
Too late? Already moved in? Have the inspection done before your one year warranty has expired. It's a small price to pay for a big peace of mind.