Home inspections are a must when buying an older home in Massachusetts. When it comes to new construction, some buyers opt not to have an inspection. What should you do? This information may help you decide.
When homes are constructed in Massachusetts, a local building inspector often visits at different stages of the construction. He verifies that the home meets current building codes. Upon completion of construction, he must issue a certificate of occupancy. This is usually brought to closing and attached to the closing documents.
Buyer’s Right to Inspection
As a home buyer, you have a right to order an inspection and builders will typically allow it. The purchase and sales agreement may not be contingent upon satisfactory inspection, as it often is with a resale. It is a good idea to note that the buyer intends to have a formal inspection so that the builder is aware that it will take place.
Usually, buyers will conduct an inspection when the home is completed, or at least close to completed. Otherwise, there is very little that a home inspector can actually look at. The inspector may pinpoint things that a buyer can include in a punch list of items to be completed before closing. Most of the time, a home inspection is really for the buyer’s peace of mind.
Are Inspections Necessary for New Construction in MA?
So, we’re back to the question of whether inspections are necessary. The is no absolute answer to this. It comes back to a buyer’s comfort level and preference. With any property, buyers can decide not to have an inspection. There is, of course, a cost associated with it. Buyers should discuss this further with their real estate agent before deciding.