New Homes Need Inspections Too
ASHI Reminds Homebuyers to Have Newly Constructed Homes Inspected Prior to Purchase
Chicago, Ill. (August 29, 2007) - There's something about the word "new" that gets people excited, whether it's the anticipation of being the first to own something or the promise of new features that will inherently make life easier. But the word "new" shouldn't excuse people from taking a close look at the product they're purchasing whether it's a new phone, car or home. That's why the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI) is reminding homebuyers to have their newly constructed home inspected prior to purchase.
"Even new homes have defects that only a professional can detect," said Frank Lesh, 2007 ASHI president. "According to the National Association of Realtors, 852,000 new homes will be sold this year. That's 852,000 families that will need to identify a home inspector to help ensure their home's major systems - the roof, foundation, electrical and plumbing are functioning properly and safely before they move in."
Because many items can't be inspected after a house has been built, homeowners building a new home should consider having a series of phased inspections conducted at key milestone markers. ASHI encourages homebuyers to consider an inspection at the following times:
- Prior to foundation pour
- Prior to insulation and drywall
- Prior to the final walkthrough
Many ASHI Certified Inspectors specialize in these types of inspections," added Lesh. In fact, phased inspections may be something a homebuyer can negotiate in the construction contract." Regardless, catching these problems early will save homebuyers time and money later.
Conducting new construction inspections requires a greater knowledge of building standards and codes, more formal training and more experience. Homebuyers interested in new construction inspections should seek an ASHI Certified Inspector. Only an ASHI Certified Inspector can deliver the ASHI Experience - a technically sound home inspection that emphasizes customer safety and education.
"Homeowners and buyers should know that when they hire an ASHI Certified Inspector they're hiring more than an inspector, they're hiring a partner," said Lesh.
"A home is a long term investment, and whether it's new construction or previously owned, people want to make it their own. The best way to do this is to treat a home with the same care as you treat yourself. Regular check-up and maintenance inspections will go a long way to protecting your home's longevity and your family's safety."
Buyers of newly-constructed or existing homes, as well as those seeking a general maintenance or pre-listing home inspection should contact an ASHI Certified Inspector by visiting ASHI's Web site www.ASHI.org. ASHI's "Find an Inspector" tool allows homebuyers to locate an ASHI Certified Inspector in their area by service, language or ancillary services provided. Homebuyers may also visit the Web site to take ASHI's virtual home inspection, an audio guided virtual tour of a home's major systems, to learn more about what to expect during a home inspection.
About the American Society of Home Inspectors
In its 31st year and with nearly 7,000 members, ASHI is the oldest and most widely recognized non-profit, professional organization of home inspectors in North America. Its Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics are the industry standard. ASHI’s mission is to meet the needs of its membership and promote excellence and exemplary practice within the profession. For more information, visit www.ASHI.org or call 800-743-2744.