A few years ago, it was somewhat unusual to have a home inspection for new homes in the Boise real estate market.
The prevailing logic at the time was “Hey, the home just passed final inspection with the building department, so it must be okay!”
At that time, I was the listing agent on a new $475,000 custom home that had sold subject to a home inspection.
Following the inspection, I got a call from the buyer’s agent informing me that there had been a “little problem” with the home inspection.
The problem was that the inspector had been cornered by an angry mama raccoon that had taken up residence in the crawlspace with her two babies.
She had gotten into the crawlspace through a foundation vent that had been knocked loose during final grading of the lot and my builder/seller hadn’t replaced the foundation vent yet.
I never did hear the details of the eviction proceedings, but the raccoon and her two babies were “relocated” to new housing and we closed escrow.
You never know what an inspector will find.
Which is why you should get a home inspection, regardless of the age of the home.