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I'm buying a new home and pretty excited. I needed some help deciding when I should have the Home Inspection done: after trades (before drywall), just before closing or a few months after I move in.

Is it worth doing at all since it is a new home?

Also, is there some place one can find out about what capacity heating/cooling units are recommended/required based on the home size to ensure adequate heating/cooling.

I would think having the inspection done just before closing makes the most sense. Having an inspection after you have bought the property and have no leverage with the seller seems like a waste of money to me. The building inspector is the one who is supposed to be doing inspections prior to drywall going up and making sure everything is to code. You might want to have a conversation with the local building inspector to see when he will be inspecting your property and if you could tag along, but I'm not sure there's much you can affect at that stage.

As far as the heating/cooling, the HVAC guy is supposed to do calculations showing what the house needs. Around here, that has to be given to the building inspector as part of the process. I'm not sure if that is true everywhere.
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