In Massachusetts and around the country, some people choose to have new homes built rather than purchasing existing properties. This might allow people to choose the specific features that they want. However, it is important for buyers to carefully inspect their homes before closing to watch for various types of construction defects that could cause problems later on. If problems are found, the buyers can work with their builders to correct them before closing.
Gaps and cracks
On the outside of your home, look at the siding where it meets the window and door trim to check for gaps. This could leave space for water to intrude. If you have a stucco home, check for cracks around the corners of the doors or windows. If these appear, the siding may not have been applied correctly and might need to be repaired. You should also check for gaps or cracks between your patio or deck and your home. Gaps and cracks in the concrete of your driveway or walkway might indicate a soil problem or an incorrectly poured concrete job. Inside, check for cracks in the drywall, ceilings, and tile surfaces. You should also check for cracks or gaps between boards of your floor.
Look for the following signs that your new home could have construction defects that could lead to water issues:
- Wet crawl spaces or basement
- Condensation forming between window panes
- Doors that stick shut
- Water stains around doors and windows
- Water drips under sinks
- Drainage issues with gutters
You should also talk to your electrician to make sure that plenty of wiring is installed to power all of the appliances you will want to run. Catching defects before closing on a new home might allow you to have them repaired and prevent the need for litigation later.