The new home phase inspection consists of three ‘phase’ inspections that occur at pre-determined times in the construction process. These are called the foundation inspection, framing inspection (a.k.a. pre-drywall inspection), and final inspection. These inspections require close coordination between the buyer and their builder to assure our inspector is notified of the status of the home and able to do their inspection prior to construction moving forward. Inspecting progress along the way enables us to catch errors / deficiencies before they are covered by foundation or dry wall.
TCHI performs many phased new home construction inspections throughout the year often finding as many issues with these homes as with older homes. Many new home buyers gain peace of mind by having the home inspected throughout construction.
Foundation inspections are performed prior to the foundation being poured. This allows for inspection of the beams, cables, electrical, sewer and drain lines prior to pouring the slab.
Framing inspections are conducted just prior to the insulation and sheetrock being installed. This allows inspection of the mechanical and electrical rough-in, including HVAC equipment, structure/framing, electrical wiring, etc. Typical flaws found include cracked and/or warped framing, damaged/crimped ductwork, improper notching of floor joists, and inadequate fire stop material between floors of the home. These items must be identified at this stage of construction if they are to be remedied. Once drywall is installed, the defect will likely never be found. If it is found in the future, it is typically due to problems created by the initial oversight. After the sheetrock has been installed, the defect is much more costly to remedy and creates headaches for the homeowner.
The final inspection is just as it sounds. The full home inspection which most buyers are familiar with. It is conducted after the home is 100% complete, but before your builder walk-through prior to closing. This allows items to be added to the builder’s final punch list for repairs before closing.