Building a New Home? Here's Why You Need an Inspection

With every detail brand spanking new, why would you possibly need an inspection on a new construction home?

For several reasons, say the experts at Home Team Inspection. For one thing, inspecting a new construction home will allow you to check out the structural and mechanical components of the home before they’re covered in concrete and drywall. You’ll also have a chance to see your home’s features and systems, and uncover any issues before they turn into more expensive problems down the line.

In fact, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, 2 - 3 inspections should be done during the building process: before the foundation is poured; after the framing has been built; and before the final walk-through. Home Team outlines the details of these inspections:

The pre-pour inspection. This allows the inspector to make sure the foundation complies with the engineered drawings, review the proper placement, support, sizing and spacing of graded rebar and ensure that it’s supported using proper beam depth, width and placement. The vapor/moisture barrier placement will also be checked.

The framing inspection. This allows the inspector to make sure the framing complies with building standards or engineered design, ensuring proper door and window egress placement, as well as confirm that framing members are properly attached, spaced, graded and aligned—and that joints aren’t stressed and are fastened with the proper materials. Additionally, the plumbing, electrical wiring and duct installations along with the roof structure and roof surface will be inspected.

Final inspection. Similar to a standard home inspection, this process will prepare you for the final walk-through with your builder. It includes a review of all appliances, doors and windows, the exterior of the home, the roof and attic, plumbing, HVAC and electrical systems. 

So before you settle into your newly constructed home, take these important steps up front to ensure it’s in tip-top shape.

Source: Home Team Inspection Service

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