One reason a buyer might be moved to buy a new construction home is the expectation that it will be free from issues found in aging houses — like outdated plumbing or electrical, and even cosmetic flaws. But even though a home is brand new, it can still have issues; in fact, sometimes issues in a home are indeed the direct result of its status as brand new construction. In some cases, contractors work fast — too fast. Sometimes they’re building to the bare minimum of code. And frequently, they’re subcontracting out projects to a wide array of vendors, whose competence and diligence might range significantly. On top of that, sometimes mistakes just plain happen. So the main takeaway is this: buyers should definitely not assume that their new home will be flawless just because it is new construction.