What's My Franklin TN Home Worth?: October 2015

Franklin TN New Construction: Are Home Inspections Necessary?

Franklin TN New Construction: Are Home Inspections Necessary?Due to the limited housing inventory in Franklin TN, many buyers are turning to new construction homes. It's easy to see why large numbers of buyers are opting for new construction. Not only do they get to choose their finishes but they also get new roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems.

If a buyer was purchasing an existing home, he would always get a home inspection. After all, he's not an expert in roofing, plumbing, electrical, heating or cooling systems. Why then does that same buyer think it's not necessary to get a home inspection on new construction?

Primarily because he feels he has some added protection through the one-year home warranty offered by the builder. Unfortunately, without a home inspection there's no way of knowing if everything is working properly.

At the new construction walk-through, buyers create a punch list of items that the builder needs to correct prior to closing on the property. Most of the time, this list consists of cosmetic items. Why? Because buyers are usually more concerned with the interior cosmetics than they are the exterior facade or the mechanicals under the house. They assume if there are other problems, they'll be discovered as they live in the house. While this may be true, some things may go undetected for years. In other cases, they may never be revealed.

Franklin TN New Construction: Are Home Inspections Necessary?How often do you go into the crawl space to inspect for plumbing leaks or damaged ductwork? When was the last time you went in the attic to make sure it was properly insulated? Or used an infrared camera to look for leaks behind the drywall? A Franklin TN new construction home inspection will reveal problems such as these.

Some new construction homes are going up so quickly, there's bound to be things overlooked. A home inspection provides the buyers with the confidence of knowing everything has been tested by someone who doesn't directly profit from the sale.

Franklin Homes Realty LLC feels so strongly about having a home inspection on new construction, we'll pay for it. Just one more reason to use us for the purchase on your Franklin TN new construction home.

We currently have four new construction homes under contract priced between $683,000 to $940,000. We will pay for a home inspection on every house.

Today, an inspection was performed on one of these homes. Fortunately, the inspection didn't reveal anything significant. However, there were a number of items that the buyers never would have noticed, including:

  • Franklin TN New Construction: Are Home Inspections Necessary?windows painted shut
  • gas leak in crawl space
  • loose flashing around eaves
  • crimped air ducts in crawl space
  • uneven cabinet drawers
  • openings in brick siding that need to be sealed
  • wood trim too close to gas light fixture
  • missing vent covers
  • soft close cabinet doors missing (the buyers paid for soft close doors everywhere)
  • recessed can not flush with ceiling
  • shower fixture flange pulled away from wall

As I said, nothing on this list would cause alarm, although, the discovery of a leaking gas line into the crawl triggered the immediate attention of the builder's construction superintendent. He called the necessary contractor right away to get this corrected. 

The other items would probably have gone unnoticed by the buyers. Having an unbiased set of eyes inspecting the home gave them additional peace of mind.

Many buyers opt-out of having a new construction home inspection because of the additional cost. These buyers were happy they hired Franklin Homes Realty LLC and didn't have to worry about that expense. Not to mention, the satisfaction of knowing nothing major was wrong with their new construction home. 

When you're ready to buy a Franklin TN new construction home, call Franklin Homes Realty LLC at (615) 495-0752.

Franklin TN new construction: Are home inspections necessary? Absolutely.

Tammie White, Managing Broker/Owner
Franklin Homes Realty LLC
Franklin, TN
(615) 495-0752 
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Comment balloon 5 commentsTammie White • October 20 2015 07:21PM
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