NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME INSPECTION

3 types of new construction inspections

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We offer three types of new construction home inspections. Pre-drywall to make sure everything is on the right track. A finish or finish out inspection checks that the home is good to move into and an 11 month inspection gives you time to get the all the repairs made that the builder is responsible for.  

 

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Pre-drywall Inspection

Framing is complete, no drywall, no insulation, and when the house is ready for a governmental close in inspection, which is required before Insulation/drywall is installed. The purpose of this inspection is discover problems that will be concealed with drywall and insulation forever, including truss work, framing, mechanical systems. Make sure that this inspection is completed giving the builder enough time to make any repairs before the drywall is installed. A reputable builder will work with you to correct the items found in the inspection.

Let them know we are coming

Ideally the builder should be aware from the time you have placed the contract on the house and lot that you intend to do a 2 inspection series, pre-drywall and finish out inspection. The builders are on a schedule so we must communicate well making them aware that we need to be in house.  Also, by making the site foreman aware of impending inspections  may help improve the quality of their product to avoid hassles with the inspections.  Once your builder  gives you a date for the insulation/ drywall installation you can schedule your Reliable inspector to preform the pre-drywall inspection and report to present for repairs.

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"Final" Inspection

Typically near the time of closing after the house has been cleaned for the first time and is complete. The timing of the finish out inspection is important, you want to make sure the builder has completed the home, and you want to make sure there is enough time to correct the items found during the home inspection. 

They hear you better before they have your money: items discovered in pre-drywall and finish out inspection is your best path forward to getting the items repaired in advance of closing while you are still communicating with your builder vs. a warranty department.

Building a new home is a complex endeavor. It involves many people, usually split up into sub-contractor groups, each working on different parts and systems of the house. Even for the best builders, it is nearly impossible to complete this process without missing something. Maybe it's a plumbing fixture that did not get tested for leaks, maybe it is an electrical box that is not working or any one of dozens of minor problems that can easily be overlooked in such a major undertaking. We will diligently search for such problems while it is still early enough for you to bring them up with the builder and have them corrected before you sign-off and start moving in.

This is a good time to add a radon inspection, now that the windows can close .

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This inspection is your last chance to catch anything that needs to be repaired while it's still the builder's responsibility to fix it. It's a great opportunity to save money in the short and long term.  We like to schedule these in the beginning of the 11th month of a one-year new home warranty.  This gives time for the inspection, any resulting repairs, and testing those repairs. 

This is a good time to add a WDI inspection in case the home wasn't pre-treated for termites.

Sample PreDrywall Inspection Report
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Check out these defects we found in newly constructed homes!

Poorly supported splices in the structural beams

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Compromised floor joist in the crawlspace

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Beams not properly supported in the crawlspace

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Large cracks in the shower stall walls

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Missing switch cover in the crawlspace

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Missing grommet on the gas line

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Mold and mildew on ceiling joyce in the attic

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Water on the floor in the crawlspace

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Plywood nailed to the trusses

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Soft areas on the roof

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No drywall taping on garage wall leading into the house

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Cracks in the porch area

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Porch cracks

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Burnt wires in the electrical panel

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Arcing in the electrical panel

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Gaps in the mortar

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Loose stone

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Dryer vent venting into the crawlspace

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No caulking

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Broken and poorly repaired truss

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BUILDING A HOME?

NEW HOMES SHOULD BE INSPECTED TOO!

In neighborhood after neighborhood the choice for new home inspections is Reliable Home Inspection Service.

Experts recommend a home inspection - EVEN IF your new home comes with a warranty!  Inspecting at the pre-drywall stage, and then again just before completion, protects you from surprises and helps ensure that the builder provides the best quality home possible.