How It Works:
New Construction Phase Inspections
Phase I - Foundation
Also referred to as the "pre-pour" or "pre-slab" inspection, this first phase of the new construction inspection process starts when the home’s foundation construction has been completed, and the builder is ready to pour concrete. The purpose of the pre-pour inspection is to verify the overall quality of work before the concrete is poured over the excavated beams, reinforcing bars, post-tensioned cable system and plumbing.
Concrete Slab - This phase is done when form boards are in place and the plumbing rough-ins are installed. This is an important phase and can be difficult to schedule as weather and other issues may cause delays. We recommend the home buyer stay in regular contact with the builder regarding progress.
Pier and Beam / Crawl Space - A crawl space is simply a basement you cannot stand up in. Although not as common as concrete slab, this method is still used by some builders in new construction. This phase is done after the foundation forms (walls) are poured and before the backfilling and framing begin.
Phase II - Pre-Drywall
The second phase is the pre-drywall inspection, also refered to as the "framing" inspection, it is conducted when the structure has reached the stage when drywall and insulation are ready to be installed. The purpose of this inspection is to identify defective or sub-standard installation practices before the installation of the exterior cladding, interior insulation, and drywall occurs. Once those materials cover the interior and exterior of the home, the opportunity for inspection is gone so it is important to schedule this phase before that opportunity is missed.
Phase III - FINAL Home Inspection
The third and final phase of the new construction process is conducted when the home is essentially complete, generally around the time the builder is prepared to do a final walk-through with the home buyer.
The purpose of the final inspection is to ensure the major systems and components in the home are installed in accordance with common model building standards and that there are no observable major defects present prior to your purchasing the home from the builder. The final inspection is vital and highly recommended.
Final Walk-Through Inspection
You may also add a final "walk-through" inspection for an aditional fee. Having and independant third-party inspector on your side during your final walk-through with the builder is recommended to follow-up and verify repairs, improvements or changes made subsequent to the final inspection. Many clients re-hire us for the peace of mind the final walk through inspetion provides.