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What to look for in a new construction home inspection

“Always pick your yard based on your Summer lifetstyle.”


December 6, 2018 - Karl Yeh

In this episode, we discuss what you should know during a home inspection for a new construction home. We explore what questions to ask when meeting your construction team and knowing what's covered under a new home warranty. Finally we talk about why an inspection is a great opportunity to learn how your home works. 

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Karl Yeh:

Hi, everyone. I'm Karl Yeh. Welcome to another Homebuyer's School video, a channel where you get the latest strategies, tactics, and tips from home buying experts. Remember, if this is your first time on this channel and you want to get the latest strategies from the experts, hit the subscription button below. Hit the little notification bell so you don't miss anything.

So today, I'm joined by Krista [00:00:30] Seibert, Area Manager with Brookfield Residential, and the question ... Actually, we're going to talk about home inspection tips and tricks. So, Krista, when ... I've just bought a new home.

When I'm doing a home inspection on it, what are some things that I should look for?

Krista Seibert:                   

So it's important to go to this walkthrough.

It's kind of your chance to meet with the construction team when your home is finished and see to make sure that there aren't any [00:01:00] concerning factors or anything that needs to be repaired before you take possession.

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Karl Yeh:                             

What are some things that would be concerning, if I'm walking through, or what questions should I probably ask?

Krista Seibert:                   

Right. So, at this point, your home should be finished.

Something that would be concerning, maybe, is if you see incomplete work. So maybe something's wrong with your flooring, or a cabinet isn't installed correctly, or it's missing [00:01:30] a cabinet door.

So to make sure that your home is finished, and any of those little things that do need to be fixed up, repaired, they're going to happen.

So there's going to be a few imperfections, maybe with your painting or little things here or there, but your construction team member will actually have a full list of places to inspect .and to look at.

So they'll go through that list with you, and [00:02:00] that goes through your home top to bottom. You can kind of inspect it along the way and make sure that everything is in working order, everything looks correct and functions properly.

Karl Yeh:                             

So if there are actual imperfections or things aren't completed, is that ... One, do you ... Obviously, you ask the builder to finish it, and is that covered under the Alberta Home Warranty Program?

Krista Seibert:                   

Yes. So, typically, your final walkthrough is done a week [00:02:30] or two before you take possession.

This way, the builder has enough time to correct anything that needs to be touched up or finished. So this gives them the time to do that.

But, of course, if things aren't taken care of the way they should be, then Alberta New Home Warranty is there to back you up as a third party.

Karl Yeh:                             

Remember, too, watch our video on Alberta New Home Warranty up there.

So are there any more questions that I should ask when going through a home inspection?

Krista Seibert [00:03:00]:                   

I think something  that's great to do is ask the inspector or your construction team member how your home works. So what to do to take care of your home properly, how to maintain it, and how all your mechanical systems work, kind of the ins and outs of your home. They're going to be an expert on that.

So that's a great opportunity to learn about your home so that you know how to take care of it.

Karl Yeh:                             

Yeah, 'cause I think there's obviously ... Yeah, you're caught up in buying your home. It's exciting. But I'm sure, [00:03:30] maybe even a couple months down the road, you might not use something, and then you're there. You're like, "Well, how do I use this?"

Krista Seibert:                    Right.

Karl Yeh:                              Whatever it is, right?

Krista Seibert:                   

I mean, even if you do forget how to do something, you can always reach out to your service team member after possession and ask them how to take care of something or how this works, when you should do maintenance on this item. So they'll help you out with that along the way as well, if you need it.

Karl Yeh:                             

Perfect. Do you have anything [00:04:00] else to add?

Krista Seibert:                    No, I think that covers everything.

Karl Yeh:                              Great. Well, a question of the day for you is:

Did you do a home inspection when buying a new home, and what was your experience? Did you find any defects or flaws?

Let us know in the comment section below.

Well, thank you very much for joining us, and we'll catch you next time.


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About Kristy Seibert:

Kristy graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts double majoring in Sociology and Human Geography & Urban Planning. After building a new home of her own, she learned more about the process of buying and selling homes and wanted to explore career options in the housing industry. Kristy has been working with Brookfield Residential for 4 years and has sold homes in five different Brookfield communities. She has experience with Single Family, Duplex and Multi-Family homes and enjoys building relationships with her homeowners and guiding them through every stage of their homebuying journey!

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