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July 21, 2020

So…what could go wrong with my new home in Painted Prairie?

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When building your new home, the last thing you want to think about are issues you may face not long after closing.  Lately, I have come across several resale homes for sale (within 2 years of being built) that have all had sewer line issues.  

And that’s potentially a problem.

Several of our Painted Prairie’s builders conduct sewer inspections early in the construction process. But as construction goes on, and workers, materials, trucks continue working on the property, things can change underground. 

Here at Focus Real Estate we’ve been fortunate to help dozens of our friends and clients build new homes around the Denver metro as their new construction realtors – and when we see something like this, it reminds us of what *could* go awry with any construction project anywhere.

We’ve worked with almost every major builder out there, including Lennar, Parkwood, Thrive, Infinity, David Weekley, McStain, Brookfield, Wonderland, KB, Creekstone, Boulder Creek, and many others.

We’ve also encountered almost every construction issue you can think of.

Before we go any further, I do want to be clear. Our builders do a fantastic job of building beautiful, technologically advanced, energy efficient, code compliant homes. Building a home is a wonderful experience. 

In our experience reviewing hundreds of home inspection reports in the Denver metro, new construction homes almost always have significantly fewer issues than resale homes.

All that said, the reality is despite the builders’ and everyone else’s best efforts, new home construction isn’t always 100% perfect. So you might want to know – what issues could arise with your new construction home?

Perhaps first, let’s talk about will likely go right.

First, your builder will inspect your home at several points during the building process. Trust me, your builder wants to deliver you a “perfect” home to the extent possible.

In addition, the City will inspect your home at different stages during construction. These inspections are helpful, but understandably these inspections are also permit and code-oriented. The City’s ultimate goal is to make sure your home is “to code” – not that it’s as perfect as possible.

Given this, I always recommend that our clients hire an independent, third party inspector with substantial experience in new construction to inspect their home at the pre-drywall stage. At the pre-drywall stage, your inspector can see what’s behind your walls, electrical, plumbing, framing, etc. and make sure your home is good to go. Check out this article for more on the predrywall stage of construction: My 4 best tips for your predrywall walk

I also recommend a second inspection when your home is completed (this is when we would have an independent sewer scope done). Occasionally, we’ll also have a home’s foundation inspected if there’s any hint of a potential issue.

Sometimes our inspectors find multiple issues, and sometimes they find almost none. If your inspector doesn’t find anything material, you can feel confident that your home is in great shape – and what a wonderful feeling to have as you move into your beautiful new home!

As for what else might go wrong with your home, the short answer is we’ve seen almost every type of issue over the years. From sewer lines issues and non-functional furnaces to vents that aren’t installed properly to punctured roof membranes and on and on.

There are dozens of trades and subcontractors in your home while it’s being constructed and it’s possible mistakes will be made, despite your builder’s best intentions. These issues could be fixed regardless during your new home warranty period, but if the issue is behind your walls or underground it might be hard to catch.

My last piece of advice?  If you’re building a new home, ask your realtor to recommend a great inspector with substantial experience inspecting new construction homes with your specific builder. Experience matters with any home inspection, but an inspector who knows your specific builder and floorplan is often your best bet!

We’ve cultivated an experienced bench of new home inspectors who know our builders and processes extremely well!  Shoot me a note at if you’d like more info on who we recommend or if you have any questions about building a new home in Painted Prairie. Remember, the builder pays your realtor and your new home is the same price whether you use a realtor or not, so our services are at no additional cost to you.

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