Patti Phillips
Prudential California Realty
6119 La Granada
Rancho Santa Fe, CA 92067
Direct toll free: 800-680-9133
Cell: 619-507-2100 Office: 858-481-2020

Monday, March 31, 2008


In my travels around the real estate industry, I find that most buyers are aware that they should have a home inspection of a resale home that they purchase. Often, though, I find that people don't realize that they should inspect new construction before they close escrow. They wonder why they would need to when "everything is new." Always, always have a home inspection --- on ANYTHING that you purchase. It's just too big of a purchase not to be completely informed about!

Below, home inspector Mark Chaffee, owner of WIN Home Inspection answers some questions regarding home inspections on new construction.

"Why would I need to have an inspection on a brand new home?" I get asked this question a lot and the simple answer is: to protect your investment.
Buying a newly constructed home gives you the opportunity to customize details that make a house your own. But how can you be sure that the quality of your new home isn’t only skin deep? New construction inspections from WIN monitor the home building process at critical building stages. The inspection looks to verify that the construction is sound and will provide you with the information you need to make informed decisions about your new home.
Move-In Inspection: This home inspection is performed when construction is finished and ready for occupancy, but prior to the final walk through by the builder. You get critical information about your new home prior to closing and it gives the builder time to make any necessary corrections before the purchase is finalized.
One-Year Anniversary Inspection: This home inspection is performed approximately 30 days before the expiration of the builder's one-year new home warranty. It addresses any warranty-related concerns that you may want to bring to the builder's attention, and allows time for any necessary repairs before the warranty expires.

Mark’s vast experience and certification as a home inspector make him an expert in home maintenance. His contact info:
WIN Home Inspection
P.O. Box 235260
Encinitas, CA 92023

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