New Construction Inspections
What Is a New Construction Inspection?
A New Construction Inspection is a third-party evaluation of a home in the process of being built. The inspector will evaluate your property and give you a report on their findings. You can then go to the seller (in this case, the builder) to fix any issues before you close on the home.
In a nutshell, inspections can help you ensure that you’re getting a safe and hazard-free property. You won’t have to make tons of repairs before you move in—or worse, right after.
How Many Inspections Do You Need?
It's wise to have two inspections performed on the property. These types are very common and are advised.
The Pre-Drywall Inspection
A pre-drywall inspection happens after the frame has been built. The roof is on, and the windows are installed, but the sheetrock and walls haven't yet been put up. The inspector can make sure that the beams, posts, studs, and other structural components are installed right. They can check things like the wiring, plumbing, window flashing, and other issues that will later be hidden behind walls. Your builder can repair them before going further with the project if any problems show up.
The Final Inspection
The final inspection is the same as one you would have on any resale property. It ensures the home is safe. It's been finished per local code and building standards. Anything your inspector finds at this point should also be fixed by your builder before closing.
What Inspectors look for in a New Construction Home
Home inspectors look at many features in each stage. They'll also take local building code into account, which can vary by city or county. Some of the items our inspectors will look at when they're evaluating a newly built home include drain, waste, vent lines, water lines, plumbing, piping, trenches, soil, elevation, drainage, and grading.
The framing inspection looks at beams, bearings, and other framing items. It covers nails, screws, studs, and plates, as well as stairwells, leaks, water intrusion, and mold risks. It looks for problems with fire blocking and draft stopping, with plumbing and wiring, and with HVAC and ducting.
The final inspection is the most sweeping. It includes:
Roof, chimney, and gutters
Doors and windows
Exterior items, like walkways, driveways, sheds, decks, patios, and garages
Foundation, basements, and crawlspaces
HVAC systems, including the thermostat
Plumbing, toilets, sinks, and sump pumps
Electrical conductors, circuit breakers, meters, and panelboards
Attic, insulation, and ventilation
Appliances, such as dishwashers, disposals, ovens and microwaves