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Do I Really Need an Inspection on a New Build?

Short answer: yes. Long answer: absolutely, yes.

A lot of people build a new home and assume that everything is going to be perfect. It should be, right? After all, if you are paying several hundred thousand dollars, you expect the people working on your biggest single investment to know what they are doing. Most of the time, they do. A lot of builders have great reputations and for good reason. But every now and then, we find problems that should have been discovered during the construction process, or by the city or county inspectors. Unfortunately, that is not always the case.

I performed an inspection late last year on a house that was only two years old. Something I noticed almost immediately was that there was no ground rod for the home. I checked the water line, and there was no ground rod there, either. I spent twenty minutes searching every inch of the property, but no luck. It turns out that the builders had just forgotten to put in the ground rod. Evidently, the city somehow failed to notice that this all-important bit of safety equipment was left off. The moral of the story: even if you have every reason to believe that you don't need an inspection on your brand-new, never before lived-in home, you still need an inspection.

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