I have sold a lot of new homes over the years, and I always recommend that the buyers get a full home inspection. I have personally attended new home inspections where the inspectors found significant problems. Some of the problems found, and my buyers would have missed were annoying, but there were also some safety issues that could have been quite troublesome if they were allowed to linger. For example, in these different houses, the inspectors found that a hot water heater was installed improperly, that a roof was not properly attached in one whole section, that there was faulty wiring in the laundry room, a deck was not supported properly, drain pipes were leaking inside a wall, etc. All that has happened in homes in different price points (including high-end properties), and in towns that have pretty strict building codes and building inspectors.
My advice is that you should NEVER buy any home without getting a full inspection from a licensed inspector. If there’s something wrong you want to get it addressed right away, and just because it’s new doesn’t mean that it’s perfect. New houses come with problems too. Plus, if you follow the inspector around while the inspection is being performed you’ll learn about the house from an expert and even if you don't follow them, you can at least hear the opinion about what was done right or what you need to keep watching for. Seriously, this is the best money you can spend. Absolutely get it done.
If you want any recommendations about great inspectors please call a Triangle Trusted Realtor. We make sure we hire home inspectors who are well versed in exposing issues.
I was buying a home in Cary a few years ago, and I hired one of our inspectors to review the house for me. The property looked great, and even had a cool little in-law suite. It seemed like it was going to be a great buy and that I would love it for years to come. However, after the inspector dug in I learned that an in-law suite was added to a house, but the builder attached to an old hot water heater, and had many other cheap, faulty moves that were going to be quite expensive to remedy in the future. On top of that, the master bathroom floor was rotting, the roof was sagging, and there was a host of smaller issues. It was a pretty home, but there was too much trouble brewing underneath. I happily walked away from trouble, and I was glad I'd invested in getting the inside scoop. Research is always good.