Before you move in to your new construction home
Before moving into a newly constructed home, you and your builder will do a walk-through to conduct a final inspection. This walk-through provides an opportunity to spot items which may need to be corrected or adjusted (known as a “punch list”) learn about the way your new home works and ask questions about anything you don’t understand.
Operation of Home Components
When you buy a new appliance or piece of equipment such as a printer or a washing machine you usually have to read the instructions before you understand how to use all of the features. With a new house you will receive a stack of instruction booklets all at once. It helps if someone takes the time to show you how to operate all of the kitchen appliances heating and cooling systems water heater and other features.
Part of your walk-through will be learning about maintenance and upkeep responsibilities. Most new homes come with a one-year warranty on workmanship and materials. However such warranties do not cover problems that develop because of failure to perform required maintenance. Many builders provide a booklet explaining common upkeep responsibilities of new home owners and how to perform them.
Builder Visits During the Year
Many builders schedule two visits during the first year — one near the beginning and the other near the end — to make necessary adjustments and to perform work of a non-emergency nature such as a nail pop in your drywall. Don’t expect a builder to rush out immediately for a problem such as a nail pop in your drywall.
Your Inspection Checklist
Create a checklist when inspecting the house. The list should include everything that needs attention and you and your builder should agree to a timetable for repairs. Builders prefer to remedy problems before you move in because it is easier to work in an empty house. It is important that you be thorough and observant during the walk-through. Examine all surfaces of counters fixtures floors and walls for possible damage carefully. Ask a lot of questions during the walk-through and take notes on the answers. It is important to view the walk-through as a positive learning experience that will enhance the enjoyment of your new home.
For a list of licensed new home builders from the Home Builders Association of Metro Portland visit www.hbapdx.org.