It can be stressful building a new home. With today’s current building market, homes are constructed fast. The superintendent cannot be everywhere. Items do get missed. New does not mean perfect. To help protect your investment and sanity, we provide extensive new construction inspections through each phase.
Our documented inspections provide a valuable tool for clients to present to their builder for needed changes. Most builders welcome the findings and make the necessary changes. It helps them in the long run too.
We perform on-site quality assurance observations to ensure the quality and integrity of construction. A trained professional provides documentation regarding on-site construction throughout each phase of the construction cycle. Along with direct feedback about the specific workmanship, our field inspection reports also help alert the superintendent of any action(s) which need to be addressed.
A new home inspection, also known as new construction or phase inspection, is an invaluable service for any new home buyer. Buyers should seek a reliable third-party opinion regarding the quality and installation practices being utilized on their new home during the building process.
The new home construction process can be an unexpectedly overwhelming experience for anyone. Having a professional new construction inspector to help guide you through the home building process will absolutely bring value to your future purchase. You may wonder why you need an inspection on a new construction home that is supposed to come with warranties and assurance. However, you might be surprised at how many issues can be found by an unbiased outside inspector. Low-quality building material, incorrectly installed roofing or insulation, and open junction boxes are just some of the things that can be missed.
Although many builders are great about completing repair work discovered within your first few months of living there, some are the opposite. After you close, they are no longer interested in what needs to be fixed and your name is put at the bottom of a long list.
With a new construction inspector helping you throughout the building process, these issues will be found immediately and fixed before closing.
There are three opportunities during the building cycle when it is recommended to have your third-party inspector evaluate and report on the workmanship and construction of your new home. The standard 3-phase, new construction inspection process is utilized to ensure that major defects within your home are not covered up. Knowing that your new home is being constructed in accordance with the International Residential Code (IRC) and is in total compliance with all state-mandated regulations, will ensure your peace of mind.
Foundation and Pre-Pour Inspection
Final / Pre-Closing Inspection
Foundation and Pre-Pour Inspection
Foundation pre-pour inspections are performed within 24-48 hours before the concrete is poured for the foundation. The inspector will check the vapor barriers, the form boards, rebar, rebar elevators, and any penetrations for proper barriers. The inspector will also check for foreign objects anywhere the concrete will go that could leave a void after deterioration. Any foundation problems that are found will be quickly addressed. Finished grade around the foundation is also checked to verify adequate site drainage.
The second visit occurs after framing is completed, the electrical wiring has been run, and the plumbing lines have been placed. This should occur before beginning drywall and exterior finishes. The inspector then looks for proper attachments to the foundation, electrical wiring and termination, plumbing setups, any disconnected plumbing, nailing plates where required, and proper window operation. They will also observe the ducts for damage or disconnection, ensure fasteners are in all holes at the joist hangers, verify that framing of the structure was completed to code, check that flashing is placed around windows and other penetrations, and that the exterior sheathing is sealed to create a water-resistive barrier. The roof will not be inspected during this phase as it may not be finished. However, the inspector will check for obvious points of water entry.
Your final inspection will focus on structural, operational, mechanical, plumbing, and safety issues. At this time, the inspector will operate all appliances and fixtures, check all outlets and lights, run the heating and air, ensure proper sealant in all necessary areas, make sure windows and doors are opening/closing properly, and complete all other aspects of a general home inspection. The inspector will walk the roof if it is safe to do so and run the sprinklers, if able.
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