Oakville Homes

September 22, 2011

Resale – new build: Both have problems and need a house inspector.


Mark Weisleder did an interesting column in the Toronto Star titled: “Follow a 20-point checklist for smooth home inspection”.  Although slanted towards a buyer of a resale, it had a number of good points that a new homebuyer should consider.  You would think that a new home would only suffer from cosmetic issues – chipped and scratched paint, scratched floors, marked cabinets, etc.  Why would one worry about poor insulation in the walls, running toilets, leaking dishwashers, cracked tiles, difficult to open windows, working electrical outlets and a plethora of other things one associates with a resale?

Well, I can tell you – all the above and more can happen in a new house and I think most people would state – that’s not cosmetic.  From reading my blog and from comments in other forums, I think most people will have come to the conclusion that no matter the builder, award-winning or not, there are issues such as these in new homes.  So, if you’re going to hire a house inspector for a resale to catch these things, why not a house inspector for a new build?

Myself, I think we should be allowed to hire a house inspector to monitor the building of our investment, just like commercial buyers get to hire someone to monitor the construction of their apartment or office tower.  Why do they get the help and support while a homebuyer is asked to TRUST a builder to do it right for them?  Hey, if the builders could build a house worth buying, why would we need TARION?

Obviously we need this help as the builders and Tarion have failed in a number of instances – enough to warrant changes in the protection offered to new homebuyers.  With the awards given to Mattamy, you’d think they would lead the charge to allow house inspectors instead of trying to close them out.  A good builder with a solid reputation would normally allow a buyer to hire a house inspector.  At least one who knew they could do a good build.

So, I recommend you read Weisleder’s article as it gives you some idea of the problems you will have in buying a house.  And remember, I’ve either seen or been told of similar problems in NEW BUILDS.  Ask a house inspector who specializes in new builds and you will see that it is a good investment.  At least it will give you a document that will stand up in court.  Seems some builders don’t believe the TRUTH and seek legal remedies to curtail that truth.

Protect yourself with documentation.

And also ask yourself – why do the municipalities and the province not help out by making it a regulation that a home owner of a new build would have the right to hire a house inspector to protect themselves?  Then ask yourself – if I was a politician at either level and got donations from the development community, why would I enact this regulation?

Tell me Mr. McGuinty and Mr. Hudak – why do you accept large donations from the development community?

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.



  1. Hi,I have been looking the World Wide Web for this information and I want to thank you for this post. It’s not easy to find such perfectly written information on this topic. it is really useful.Thanks for the post.i really like the skills of writing.

    Comment by Building Inspection — September 24, 2011 @ 1:05 am | Reply

  2. Your comment is much appreciated, especially from a house inspector in the field.

    Comment by oakvillehomes — September 24, 2011 @ 2:27 pm | Reply

  3. I agree, just because you are buying new does not mean there aren’t issues, we bought 6 years ago from a builder without home inspection and discovered that there were several un fixed cracks in the foundation!

    Comment by Marcus — September 30, 2011 @ 11:27 am | Reply

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