SOURCE: Pillar To Post

August 11, 2008 08:17 ET

Pillar To Post Uncovers Defects in New Homes

Know Problem Spots Before Spending Thousands

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwire - August 11, 2008) -

WHAT: Five Common Defects Found in New Homes.

According to Pillar To Post, North America's largest home inspection service, one of the biggest misconceptions about new home construction is that the home will be free from problems. In addition, municipal inspectors are believed to inspect every home, when in fact, they don't look at every home, particularly in some larger community developments. At best, they do a representative sampling of the houses being constructed.

However, it's important for all new homes to be inspected, as identifying hidden defects in new homes can save buyers thousands of dollars. These findings could potentially push the home's sale price downward during the sale transaction. For example, a buyer may discover from a home inspection that hangers that help secure support beams were improperly installed, causing a main floor to sag. The buyer may require the seller to repair the support beams immediately, rather than the buyer being responsible to fix them. A buyer then may save paying $3,000, for example, to have them fixed.

The following are some of the most common defects professional home inspectors find in new homes:

--  An improperly connected air conditioner pipe. A pipe may not be
    properly connected to the air conditioner in the basement/outside. This
    will cause the air conditioning not to work.
--  Incorrect framing. The framing may be put in, in such a way that a
    plumber has difficulty installing pipes causing the plumber to cut the
    framing to accommodate plumbing. This leaves the house in a weakened
--  Poor grading in the basement. The grading job in the basement may be
    inadequately completed. The result is a leaking and poorly ventilated
--  Inadequate roof flashing. Flashing details on a roof are often poorly
    done. A pipe might be coming out of it, or it may change directions at the
    valley of the roof.
--  Poor workmanship. Lack of attention to detail is often an issue.
    Ductwork may be loose; joints may not match; doors/cabinets may not open
    easily; floors could be crooked. The overall integrity of the home is
    compromised when the workmanship is poor.

WHO: Dan Steward, President of Pillar To Post, North America's largest home inspection service ( Steward can share stories (and contact information) of buyers who used home inspection on new homes and saved thousands. In addition, Pillar To Post can offer interviews with realtors and key executives from various home inspection associations.

Steward joined Pillar To Post as President in 2004, bringing more than 25 years of business experience to the position. Steward's charter is to support and extend the consistent growth of the company, ultimately touching over 90% of the home buying population in the U.S. and Canada.

Prior to joining Pillar To Post, Steward was Vice President from 2000 - 2004 of the Fortune 500 company Iron Mountain Corp., and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Shred-It Group of Companies from 1998 - 1999. He has extensive work experience in the United States, Canada, Europe as well as north Africa and The Middle East.

WHEN: Mr. Steward is available for phone interviews.

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