Houses are being built faster than ever, from site to finished home in as little as six weeks. This makes it very important for “new build” buyers to have the work inspected at critical phases. Buildings must be constructed according to local, state, and federal codes, all of which mandate the minimum standards for habitability.
Meeting the minimum standards however does not ensure quality, because the “code” does not address “finish”. The quality of the work will depend on the job foreman and the crews that work on the project.
Good Crew, well finished home. Bad Crew, poor construction.
It is often too late to discover problems that may come back to haunt you, once the framing has been covered with insulation and drywall. safeguard your investment with an independent inspection.
New Construction Inspections Are Performed in Phases
Phase 1 – Foundation Inspection
This Inspection is performed prior to back filling soil after the concrete forms have been removed and before the slab is poured. This will allow the Inspector to see the sewer and drain lines.
Areas of inspection covered include:
- Foundation walls
- Surface preparation
- Vapor barrier
- Concrete reinforcing bar (rebar).
NOTE: Client must notify us before slab is poured.
Phase 2 – Framing Inspection (Pre-Drywall)
This occurs prior to the builder installing the insulation and drywall. In this Inspection, we look at the plumbing, electrical wiring, duct installations, and also the roof structure and surface. We look at 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
NOTE: Client must notify us before insulation and drywall is installed.
Phase 3 – Final Inspection Before Your “Walk Through” with Your Builder
Similar to a Home Inspection which is extensive and detailed the final Inspection can also include all of the following areas:
- Drywall Finish
- Floor coverings
- Grounds and grading.
This final Inspection report serves as your “punch list” for the builder to correct problem areas prior to the closing.