New construction home inspection by Home Inspection Star, Inc. Is it quality you are after and not excuses or are you wary of becoming one of the many horror stories that we’ve all heard about, one of the many individuals who are disappointed with the quality of their new home, then further frustrated as they make an all out effort to get their builders back to rectify their defects?
New requirements have been added in the new construction industry and some builders “cut corners”. The minimum thermal insulation required in Illinois it is R49. A “passive radon system” it is required to be installed in the new homes since 2013. We recommend testing all new homes for Radon gas prior closing.
Would you know if you were getting the 1st grade quality and finishes that you are expecting, entitled to and even more importantly, paying for? Would you know if you weren’t?
Would you know if your new home was being constructed in line with the requirements of the housing regulations?
As a consumer you couldn’t reasonably be expected to be familiar with all of these documents and regulations, but more importantly is your builder and their supervisors up to speed with them?
Enlist the services of new construction home inspection to be the final independent judge on the quality and finishes being constructed into your new home.
Home Inspection Star is Chicago’s only truly independent home inspection service that works for you, the new home owner. We are not associated with any councils, government or semi-government bodies, nor do we represent the interests of builders, developers, architects or real estate agents. We are totally independent and we work for YOU.
The best part is that we allow an appropriate amount of time to fully inspect your new home and to offer you with a detailed written report, which you can hand straight to your builder and have them fix the defects we’ve found, at their cost – not yours! This would normally be conducted prior to you making your progress or final payments, when you still have their full attention.
This has the potential of saving you thousands of dollars in future finishing, rectification and/or unnecessary landscaping costs after your builder’s contractual obligations have expired.
What is a Homebuyer Report?
A home buyer report (or home buyer survey and valuation report/HSV) is a concise report on the condition of a property, together with a valuation in the new construction home inspection. In addition to a mortgage valuation, it includes the current open market value and an opinion of how saleable the property will be in future. Any major defects in the property will be listed, along with recommendations about further investigations required.
The property will be inspected only where it’s reasonably accessible or visible and no test is made of the plumbing, heating, electrical or drainage systems (etc.).
It’s recommended for conventional houses and apartments that appear to be in a reasonable condition. A home buyer report isn’t usually considered adequate for large houses over say 2,000ft2 (around 200m2), old properties (say pre-1940), and converted or purpose-built apartments.
Bear in mind that a home buyer report isn’t much cheaper than a full structural survey and therefore, unless you have a good reason not to, you should consider having a full structural survey.
If you combine a home buyer report with a lender’s valuation, which is refunded by your lender, you only pay the difference between the cost of the valuation and the home buyer report. The cost of a home buyer report varies depending on the value, age and condition of a property.