Home Inspection After Possession: Good or bad?

On average we discover 30-40 issues with each home that we inspect. These issues range from empty tiles, flawed electricals to hidden seepages. The reasons it makes sense to get a home inspection done even after possession are:

It is still not too late for the builder to help with the fixes. 

Since the builder would still be handing over the other homes in the same project, he will have to access both labor and material on the site itself. Any issues that are found during the inspection can be effortlessly settled by the builder when he is wrapping up the other flats. This window of opportunity is pretty brief and should be taken advantage of.

It is cheaper to fix issues now.  

Let’s assume that the builder has handed over all the homes in the project and has moved out. Now the onus of getting the issues fixed is yours. As you can imaging it will cost far lesser to fix these issues right away when the house is empty rather than when the house is fully occupied and the chances of collateral damage are the highest. Also, the cost of labor and material only keeps going up. 

Safety is of paramount importance. 

If you think from a safety standpoint, would you really like to stay in a home with issues? Especially when the issues could not just cause monetary damage but also damage to life and limb. You would be surprised at the number of homes that we have inspected that have the ELCB not tripping when we perform the short test. Consider the damage it could cause. Do remember that construction is an inexact process especially because human beings are involved. No two homes are of the same quality. Blindly moving into a home that has not been inspected is akin to taking delivery of a car that has not undergone a final Quality check. 

Save future time and effort.

Consider a scenario where you have not gotten an inspection done and you encounter a hollow tile six months after you’ve moved in. Imagine the coordination effort that is required to get the tile replaced. How would it feel to spend time and money on such issues that would keep cropping up over time? Doesn’t it make sense to get them fixed all at once? 

Hopefully, the points above shed light on why a home inspection should be performed even if possession of the home has already been taken. If you still have doubts, do not hesitate to talk to one of our home inspection advisors at +480 563 1800.

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