Real Estate by Debbie Reynolds: 10 Good Reasons New Homes Need Home Inspections

10 Good Reasons New Homes Need Home Inspections

10 Good Reasons to Get a Home Inspection on a New Home

Most New Home buyers ask why they should get a home inspection.

Home inspections on new homes

New homes are not exempt from problems. In my 37 years in real estate, i have seen some crazy things that go on with new homes. Though the builder didn't intend for problems to occur, oversights and incomplete jobs happen and the unknowing buyers find out after the closing. A home inspection before the closing could have discovered the inefficiencies.

Need more convincing? Take a look at the 10 reasons below. A home inspection is a small investment to make sure you have no immediate surprises with your new home.

These posts have addressed similar questions about home inspections.

It's a New House, Do I Need a Home Inspection?

If You Get a Home Inspection will the Seller Fix Everything?


1. Builders delegate and do not always check behind the workers. They tend to want to push and keep the building on schedule.

2. Even though the codes department checks along the way, these guys overlook and fail to catch errors. 

3. Insulation in attics is one of the last things to go in. I know in my house, a whole section of attic blow in insulation was left out. This will waste energy. Your inspector will check the attic.

4. Many appliances and light fixtures are mostly imported and could be missing parts or have scratches or broken parts.

5. Hot and cold water connections get reversed. This could be an unwated surprise in that first shower after move-in.

6. Dryer vents may not be cut through to the outside. This usually is done at the very end of construction.

7. Drainage is a problem with many new homes. Soil is disturbed and settles over time which can cause water to collect around the footage and foundation. You do not want water under your house.

8. Home inspectors make sure that systems are installed according to national standards for safety and best use.

9. I had a friend whose bathroom was dumping water under the house. The drain lines were not connected. Who would have thought. It took months to find out when a foul smell started coming into the house. A home inspector would have found this.

10. Ground Fault Interrupter Circuits fail and some are bad right out of the box. You don't want that to happen and need the home inspector to test them.


Here's my recommendation, Always Get a Home Inspection. 

New homes in Tennessee must have a one-year warranty given by the builder. The builder is to warrant against failure in materials and workmanship and if that should happen, correct it. The subcontractors usually warrant their work and the systems. Some systems have warranties that extend up to 10 years so be sure to read the manuals and send in warranty cards. 

In Clarksville, TN the inspectors come to the property 6-8 times during the construction. Even the sidewalk has an inspection. But even though things are checked over and over mistakes happen. The best protection is to have a qualified home inspector to review the home and present you with a report. Then you can get these corrected before you move in.

10 Good Reasons to Get a Home Inspection on a New Home


Contact Clarksville Real Estate Agent, Debbie Reynolds, 931-320-6730 for your new home in Clarksville TN.


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Comment balloon 13 commentsDebbie Reynolds • January 02 2018 04:50PM


Good evening Debbie Reynolds very good information and all valid reasons for both novice and experienced home buyers to be aware of... .a message I've been trying to get across to Buyers for years.  Great Post!  

Posted by Gloria Valvasori, Accredited Senior Agent, REAL Experience | REAL Commitment | REAL Results! (BETTER HOMES AND GARDENS REAL ESTATE SIGNATURE SERVICE) over 2 years ago


Well said, and of course, well written post as usual from you.  Wishing you a delightful Sunday.  A

Posted by Ron and Alexandra Seigel, Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy (Napa Consultants) over 2 years ago

Very well said, Debbie Reynolds .  My builder, husband, always welcomes a home inspection. For him, it is another set of eyes to make sure the home is perfect for the new owner. He always is there for the inspection and often has anything the inspector finds corrected or at least scheduled before the inspection is done.  He even recommends a home inspection on his custom jobs. 

Posted by Lynnea Miller, Premier Real Estate Service in Central Oregon (Bend Premier Real Estate) over 2 years ago

Debbie in my opinion a home inspection is needed on every home purchase regardless of the age of the house.

Posted by George Souto, Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert (George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages) over 2 years ago

Debbie I am with our friend George Souto  every home owner should make sure that the house they are buying  has an inspection that let's them know what is wrong with it...too often I find that the quality is better in older homes than in newer homes, Endre

Posted by Endre Barath, Jr., Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices) over 2 years ago

Lots of buyers of new construction think this is a step they can skip in the process....and your list shows them why this is soooo not a good idea !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Real Estate Agents - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 2 years ago

I hope home buyers will read this post and learn from it. Thank you for sharing 

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) over 2 years ago

This is important advice to share with prospective new home buyers.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 2 years ago

Why wouldn't you get one Debbie Reynolds , to save couple hundred dollars?  I remember my first house was new, and I did not get an inspection, and for the first year I found all kinds of problems.  The actual workers are frequently transient labor and you have no idea what deficiencies there are till you live there a while. 

Posted by Jim Cheney, Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055 (Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA) over 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie - Having a home inspector for a new home is essential.  It helped me on my new construction in Florida since I could not be there.  It also puts the builder on notice that they won't be able to do sloppy work.

Posted by Grant Schneider, Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes (Performance Development Strategies) over 2 years ago

Over the year si have seem many a thing in new homes not finished, missing or backwards, it does happen. The builder i worked with would do his own inspection before the buyer so that his homes would be perfect to near perfect Debbie Reynolds 

Posted by Scott Godzyk, One of the Manchester NH's area Leading Agents (Godzyk Real Estate Services) over 2 years ago

I make sure every new home is inspected. As I tell my investors, they are built by humans that are subject to error and do you want a tenant to complain as soon as they move in?

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) over 2 years ago

Good morning Debbie Reynolds,

I'm so glad that Roy Kelley reblogged this post from February. Excellent post and so important to remember..any home purchase new or old should be inspected.

Posted by Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate (Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899) over 2 years ago