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Buyers: Top 10 Defects in New Construction

Our good friends at US Inspect provided us with a report on the Top Ten Defects in New Construction, which we wanted to share via blog and also allow you to download for personal use. Many people think, “Oh I have a NEW home that I’m purchasing, I don’t need to do a home inspection!” That, however, could not be further from the truth. There are often many flaws in new construction and they often wait until the last minute to get everything done. It’s important to think of these common defects, plus have your home inspector look for anything and everything else:

  1. No insulation installed in the attic
  2. Missing proper roof vents, or vent holes cut, but roofed over
  3. Windows installed improperly
  4. Hot and cold water reversed at faucets, tubs, and showers
  5. Other plumbing issues
  6. Inoperable or missing GFCIs in required areas
  7. Heat vents missing, not connected
  8. Cut trusses in roof or floor trusses
  9. Tempered glass missing in required areas
  10. Improperly installed roofing, flashing, or roof jacks

Click on the picture below to download a more detailed description of issues pertaining to these Top 10 Defects. If you’re buying a new construction property, give us a call at The Madden Team to help!

Why Buying a Home Is Like Running the BAA Half Marathon

First off, let me say this, neither John or Mark ran the BAA Half Marathon yesterday which started and ended at the Franklin Park Zoo. Mark did go to cheer on the runners and came away, after hearing a few of the runners discuss the course, the running that race is a lot like buying a house especially your first home! There are many different race lengths and they all apply to this article, but in particular the race Mark watched yesterday seemed to very much so be like buying a home.. lets see why! [Read more...]

NAHB’s Study of Life Expectancy of Home Components

As real estate agents, we are always asked the questions – “How long does a water heater last?” or “When will I need to replace this roof?” Of course, we are not experts in this field which is why we trust home inspectors to let our clients know the approximate age of the household items which will be part of their real estate purchase.

In the summer of 2006, the National Association of Homebuilders started a study to determine the approximate life expectancy of the majority of household items. In this study they interviewed manufacturers, trade associations and researchers to come up with the data. As they note on page 1 of the full report: [Read more...]