Builder Magazine reported the average deficiency rate in construction in 2020 was 4%. This goes to show that even new builds can have issues.
These issues can range from minor to more significant problems that affect your home’s safety and value. To protect your investment, you should know how to spot potential defects.
Issues inside the home
As you check out the property, start inside looking for specific signs that something is not right. Walk through the home and pay attention to the following:
- Sloping or uneven floors can indicate problems with the foundation or framing.
- Problems with smoothly opening and closing windows and doors, can be a sign of structural settling or misalignment.
- Improper drainage and leaks in faucets, toilets and showers, can lead to water damage and mold growth.
- Electrical problems, such as outlets not working or flickering lights.
- Bubbling or peeling paint, as well as cracks in the drywall, are indicative of humidity problems or poor construction.
Also, pay attention to the overall feel of the home. Inadequate ventilation can lead to moisture issues and poor air quality. Ensure that bathrooms, kitchens and other areas have proper ventilation systems. If there are areas of your home with inconsistent temperatures, it could be due to insulation or HVAC system problems.
Issues outside the home
Examine the exterior areas of the home, too. Look at finishes, such as siding and stucco, for cracks or damage. Damaged exteriors can allow moisture to penetrate the walls. Also, inspect the foundation for cracks or signs of settling. Small, hairline cracks may be normal, but larger, irregular cracks could indicate a structural issue.
Finally, check the roof for water stains or signs of leaks. Leaky roofs can lead to extensive water damage, so it is important to address these issues promptly.
Spotting construction defects in your new home is essential to protect your investment and your family’s safety. If you notice any potential defects, consult with a qualified home inspector or contractor to assess the issues and determine the necessary repairs. Addressing these concerns early can save you time and money in the long run and ensure that your new home remains a safe and comfortable place to live.