Assuming you are the buyer. If you are limited in your understanding of
building construction and mechanical equipment, it could be helpful if you
can find a competent home inspector to look things over
Yep. It's a good idea to get an inspection so that you've got an idea of
what may need replacing in the near future. Home warrentees are great, but
they have a vested interest in repairing things cheaply for the short term,
not replacing or repairing for the long-term. A home inspection is
relatively cheap (a couple of hundred bucks, probably) and you'll know what
you're buying, basically.
If you can, what "Holmes on Homes" a lot of his fixes he does for
home owners is because new house builders missed big things, and once
identified, stalled till the warranty ran out.
Code inspectors only have the time to check the overall condition of
systems, and structure, a home inspector will do his/her best to go
over the whole house.
tom @ www.NoCostAds.com
If the builder is responsible for warranty work, you had better hire an
inspector. Don't let the builder push you into closing before all the
work is finished. On the day before closing he's your best friend. After
you sign the papers you'll be lucky if he even talks to you on the phone.
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