That right my now ex-husband is a home inspector. He did/does great work and I learned a lot about construction and areas to watch out for.
This “experience” has been invaluable in my Real Estate business.
Tidbits of information –
* New construction is not always free of defects. They may not yet be apparent. A home can look great but when you peer behind the curtain you may see a different story.
* One property I remember vividly – The woman was meticulous in her maintenance of the main part of the house. However, when Gary, The Home Inspector, did hit inspection it was a different story. Plumbing pipes were leaking underfloor, the furnace had a cracked heat exchanger (meaning it was leaking carbon monoxide gas into the house) and the chimney was broken. The cost to repair/replace was about $15K.
* Do you think a door was added off of a room to the exterior? A couple of things to check for – is there a normal height step and an outside light with switch inside? If not, that might not have a permit
* Was the kitchen remodeled? Check for GFI outlets (has the test/reset button on the outlet usually).
* New addition? Check outside to see if the hose bib is equipped with an anti-siphon device. This is a telltale indication the maybe no permits were pulled for the addition and it is not up to code.
For the small cost of a home inspection, it is imperative to get an inspection. Go to www.ashi.org for a credentialed home inspector. And if they have actual construction experience that is even better.
Good luck! Happy house hunting.