NEW CONSTRUCTION PHASE INSPECTIONSHave your new home inspected while it is getting built to ensure it conforms to today’s best building practices. Home builders will often tell you that your home will be looked over by several knowledgeable people such as site superintendents, project managers and city inspectors. While this is all true, what they won’t tell you is these “inspections” are very limited in scope and time on site. That is why having a third-party inspector thoroughly evaluate your home at all the important stages of the build is so beneficial. We will spend hours evaluating the structure from the pre-pour inspection to the final inspection. We will give you the piece of mind that your new home is in top condition when completed.
Important Tips when Scheduling New Construction Phase Inspections
- Try and let your builder or project manager know well in advance that you will have a third-party inspector conducting independent phase inspections on your behalf. This has the advantage of putting them on notice, which will improve their attention to detail from the start. Also, it will require your project manager to be more accurate with their projected timelines. One of the most common complaints when dealing with your project manager is their inability to deliver an accurate timeline.
- Your home builder may also have some requirements that may need to be met by your inspector such as an inspection policy and insurance requirements. (We carry $1 million in General Liability Insurance). Try and obtain this well in advance and get it to your inspector to avoid any last minute difficulties.
- Finally, it is very beneficial to acquire the engineered plans that your home is being constructed with. More and more, home builders are limiting the access to their building plans. However, if a copy is available for review by your inspector this can add extra clarity to the home inspector.
Pre-Pour Foundation InspectionHaving your foundation inspected before pouring the concrete can prove invaluable. For a minimal cost you can have peace of mind that the most important component of your home is installed properly. Failure to install your home’s foundation in accordance with the engineered plans can have a devastating impact on the integrity of your home’s foundation. There are numerous workmanship defects that are present on nearly every foundation that can impact the visible appearance as well as the bearing capacity of the foundation.
Components checked during the Pre-Pour Inspection
- Site preparation
- Steel reinforcement
- Vapor barrier
- Concrete forms
- Slab thickness
When to Schedule the Pre-Pour Inspection
The best time for the pre-pour inspection is typically two days prior to the actual pour day. This will help ensure that the foundation is ready to inspect, as well as give the builder sufficient enough time to make any and all needed corrections, or postpone the pour day. The builder will be able to guide you on the appropriate timing window to do the inspection. Additionally, this will allow you some time to re-inspect the repairs prior to pour day.
Framing/ Pre-Drywall InspectionThe next phase of the inspection process is typically called the framing inspection, or pre-drywall inspection. Because the drywall and insulation cover some of the critical materials, like window flashing, electrical wiring, and your home’s framing components, having your third-party inspector evaluate and report on the quality of work is paramount. Once the drywall is installed, it is too late to verify the proper installation of those components. Many defects can lay dormant until well after the home warranty has expired, leaving the home owner responsible for any needed repairs. repairs.
Components checked during framing inspection
- Roof covering
- Exterior sheathing
- Window flashing
- Structural framing
- Plumbing rough-in
- Electrical rough-in
- Fire blocking
When to Schedule the Framing Inspection
The best time to schedule the framing inspection will typically coincide with your builder’s framing walk-through. This is the portion of the building cycle where builders try and ensure that all of the agreed upon design criteria has been properly built into the home, and that your questions and concerns have been met. This also happens to be in-line with the building officials required inspection, and when your builder, if applicable, will have their own inspector review the home. Once the builder’s inspector has finished their inspection, and the defects that were identified have been corrected, the best window of opportunity for the framing inspection presents itself. Your builder will know the appropriate time to schedule this inspection. When we are the last to inspect the property it ensures that all of the typical defects that tend to congest our report have previously been identified and corrected.
Final Phase/ Pre-Closing InspectionThe final inspection should be scheduled a few days before your scheduled walk-through with your builder. This will ensure that the building process is near completion so systems can be inspected. Utilities should be on, appliances installed and HVAC system should be operational. Because this final inspection is conducted as part of a real estate transaction, it is regulated by the Texas Real Estate Commission. This inspection incorporates all the major systems in the home and is the most time consuming of the 3 phases. If you are interested in reviewing the components and materials that are covered in a full home inspection you can read more about it here. Residential Home Inspection