July 22, 2016
‘New Home Inspection Vital’
By James D. York, P.A.
No one would think of buying an existing home without hiring an inspector to check it over. But is a professional inspection needed for a newly-built home?
The answer is es, according to Gary M. Singer, Florida attorney and board-certified expert in real estate law. Any issue needing repair or correction should be clearly identified, in writing, before the completion of the sale, although the builder may have the option of fixing the problem after the closing is completed.
“Minor issues that need to be corrected are not a reason for you to unilaterally delay the closing. If you do this, you run the risk of losing your deposit,” Singer says.
Mr. Singer also points out that contracts for a newly-build home are much more complicated than standard home-sale contracts, and each contract is different. You should be aware of how your particular contract spells out the timing and procedures for reporting and repairing any issues of concern.
Your builder will be held responsible for fixing anything that’s broken—but probably not for changing details that don’t look quite the way you pictured them. For example, maybe the countertop color looks different on the large expanse of finished counter than it did in that little sample square, and you aren’t happy with it. But if it’s indeed the one you ordered, the builder is not required to change it out for you at his expense.
Home-buying is an exciting—and stressful—time. If we can help in any way with your buying or selling decisions, just give us a call.
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