6. Don't skip an inspection just because the house is new. New-home buyers are more likely to forgo an inspection than purchasers of existing houses, even though they may have more to gain. Because most new homes come with a one-year warranty, an inspection can unearth construction flaws covered under this agreement that might otherwise go unnoticed for a few years. "Municipal building inspectors, who generally do a 15-minute run-through, are not likely to find these problems," says John Ghent, a Connecticut home inspector and past president of ASHI.

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