You don’t have to live with a problem …
Houses are been constructed faster than ever, from site to finished home in as little as six weeks. This makes it’s very important for buyers of “new builds” to have the work Inspected at critical phases.
Buildings must be constructed according to local, state and federal codes, which are the minimum acceptable standards for habitability. Meeting the minimum standards does not ensure quality, because code does not address finish. The quality of the work will depend on the job foreman and crews that work on the project.
It is often too late to discover problems once the framing has been covered with insulation and drywall, which is why you need your own Inspector.
New construction Inspections are performed in phases:
PHASE 1 – Slab Inspection (Pre-Pour)
This Inspection is performed prior to back filling soil after the concrete forms have been removed. The Inspector will want to see the sewer and drain lines. Areas inspected include:
- foundation walls
- surface preparation
- vapor barrier
- concrete reinforcing bar (re-bar)
- (More often or not most buyers tend to skip this step)
PHASE 2 – Framing Inspection (Pre-Drywall)
Performed prior to the builder installing insulation and drywall. In this inspection, we look at the plumbing, electrical wiring and duct installations, the roof structure, the structural frame.
Inspecting for problems such as:
- unbolted sill plates
- over-spanned members
- inadequate roof supports
- under-built bearing walls
- improper notching and boring,
- severed plates
- damaged joists
- improper fire stops
PHASE 3 – Final Inspection
Before your walk thru with the builder. This is similar to a Home Inspection including all of the major systems, appliances, exterior and grading. Looking for unfinished or incorrectly installed components.
The final Inspection report serves as a “punch list” for the builder to correct prior to the closing.