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Your New Construction Home Inspection: An Interview with Mike Chevalier of The Home Exam

By Mike Chevalier

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a professional home inspection company that specializes in new and existing home inspections. We also inspect condos, townhomes and light commercial structures. Our main goal is to offer our clients more value than they would ever expect from a home inspection company by providing things like our 200% money-back guarantee, a free 90-day home warranty, and a free appliance recall check on all inspections.

What is different about a home inspection for a new construction property?

Typically a home inspection does not cover any cosmetic aspects of the home. However, in new construction, some cosmetic issues come into the scope of the inspection. Dings in walls, areas of missing paint, cabinet doors that are askew - become much more important to the buyer of a new construction home.

When should new construction inspections be done?

Just prior to the buyer's walk-through with the superintendent or builder. This ensures that all of the tradesmen have had time to complete their work, but still gives the buyer time to have any issues corrected before the closing. Although all new construction homes come with a 1-year warranty from the builder, they are much more likely to fix any issues at this point. Once you have closed and they have your money, your home can easily be moved down the list of importance.

What are some of the most common defects or problems you've found in new construction homes in the Volusia County area?

Usually minor issues or oversights. Items such as defective or improperly wired outlets, small drip leaks or air conditioning ducts that are not properly secured. However, from time to time, we will find a big oversight. For instance, one new construction home we recently inspected had no insulation in the attic. All of the prep work was complete, but there was not a stitch of insulation installed.

What happens if last-minute items haven't been fixed/completed during the inspection?

The builder will usually take care of these repairs very quickly. Any missing or defective items would be listed in the home inspection report. This report would give the builder a punch list to correct.

What advice would you give to people in Florida getting a new construction home inspected?

Explain to the builder that you are looking out for your interests by having your new home privately inspected. Assure them that you do not doubt their ability, but are simply covering your bases. Builder warranties and county inspections are great features of a new home, but these things are meaningless if you move in and you can't operate your appliances. It's very rare, but things like this can happen.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

Call our office directly at (386) 322-4408,

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