Thinking if you buy a new home you will avoid all the headaches of a re-sale property? It is a new home, right? What could possibly be wrong.
You might look at this photo and say, “what’s the problem?” Fortunately a home inspector can tell you exactly what the problems are. Jay Markanich, owner of Jay Markanich Home Inspections on a recent new construction home inspection pointed out a number of issues with this home.
By the way Jay uses the word “appurtenances” to describe the furnace vent, hose bib and vent covers shown in the photo.
Here are a few of Jay’s observations:
1) “If these folks want to put a deck on the back of the house, the ledger beam (the main support for the deck, a 2×12 that bolts to the house onto which the deck joists are attached) is interfered with by four appurtenances.”
2) “the ONLY basement window is under the door. So, if, instead of a deck, these folks wanted to put in a patio and not deal with all those appurtenances, how can stairs be placed to not interfere with that window?”
You can read the rest of what Jay found would be a problem with the furnace vent, hose bib and vent covers on his blog post “7 Things I Don’t Understand”
This is also the reason in my guide to Buying New Home Construction I’ve recommended independent inspections for all of my buyers and anyone who is considering building a new home.
Before you head to a new home site download my guide and if you decide to head out on your own without an agent, at least make sure you call Jay Markanich to schedule your new home inspection.