It's no secret that building a new home is a huge investment of time and money, not to mention those sleepless nights worrying if the final product will fully meet expectations. While you may feel confident that you've chosen a trusted contractor for the project, wouldn't it be nice if you had an independent professional periodically checking on its progress while it was being built and providing a final look prior to closing?
If you said “yes,” you'll want to make sure to have a certified home inspector, like those at a-pro Home Inspection, perform a New Construction Phase Inspection when building a home. Here's how it works:
An A-Pro New Construction Phase Inspection includes a series of assessments: Foundation, Pre-Drywall, and Final Walkthrough. The timing of each inspection is paramount. That's why throughout the build, communication between the home inspector, contractor, and client is critical to ensure all evaluations can be performed at the appropriate stage of the project.
Phase 1: Foundation
1. An inspection is performed after the exterior foundation walls are finished and the plumbing rough-ins are installed. This must occur before the concrete slab is poured.
2. A basement inspection is completed after the walls are poured. It is extremely important that this evaluation is done before the contractor backfills the area.
3. The crawlspace inspection is done after the foundation is poured but before backfilling and framing commences.
Phase 2: Pre-Drywall
Prior to hanging the drywall, the inspector performs a visual inspection of the electrical, plumbing, heating, and framing.
Phase 3: Walkthrough Inspection
Once the home is completed, the inspector performs a complete 500-point roof-to-foundation inspection. The client receives a home inspection report with digital photos detailing any problems the builder may need to correct before closing. About a week before closing, the inspector accompanies the builder on a walkthrough of the property to ensure the project has been finished as requested by the client.
Here's How you Benefit:
· Peace of Mind: Anybody who has ever requested a second opinion from a doctor understands the importance of not solely relying on a single source when assessing the quality of a build. The project's contractor, who has a great deal at stake and may want to keep a new construction project on schedule, may not be the best judge if a project is ready to move forward. Many families anticipating their new home enjoy the peace of mind of knowing a certified, neutral inspector is there to evaluate critical stages of the project, identify safety concerns, point out defects that should be rectified before proceeding, and assure that workmanship meets the highest standards.
· Fewer Headaches, Potential Money Savings: While no one wants to hear news that repairs are needed, it's significantly easier to fix issues right away rather than after a foundation's concrete slab has been poured or drywall has been hung. A New Construction Phase Inspection can also help prevent unwanted surprises that may surface down the road once normal changes occur in the home.
· Get the House You Want: Imagine waiting for months to move into your newly built home only to discover more work will need to be done before it's ready. New Construction Phase Inspections are designed to make sure when you turn the knob on your dream home, it won't turn into a nightmare.