When you buy a new home, you are assured that the property has not been used before and will have a longer life if the proper building practices have been followed during construction. This can be ensured by having the home inspected by building inspectors who are trained and certified to carry out such evaluations of the condition of a home.
When new homes are being subjected to inspection, the inspector will insist on receiving drawings and other technical information of all the systems installed in the home, including structural details. The inspector will then examine the home and all its components, which will include besides the structure, the heating systems or HVAC system, and the plumbing and electrical systems. The inspector will require all of these to be in full functioning order, and also so that the building codes in force in that area have been followed.
Most new homes also require to be certified for occupation by local authorities, and the inspections so carried out need to be done in the presence of these authorities, the owner’s representative and quite often a person from the contractor who has executed the works. The initial inspection leads to the creation of a report of any defects noticed and which need attention. It is not uncommon for follow up inspections to be conducted in cases where many or major defects have been noticed. Most local authorities do insist on warranties for homes, and this is only possible if proper inspections are conducted by technically proficient persons. These warranties are for a limited period, but even so ensure that homes are in good condition before they are taken over by the owners for occupation. The presence of the owner during this inspection can lead to satisfaction that the home has been vetted by the right professionals.