The construction of a house involves the use of numerous and diverse materials handled by a great number of construction workers. These include simple materials like the nails and screws which are used and the manner in which they are used during the construction process.
This may create the distinction between the new constructions being compromised or well above standard. New home inspection, also known as construction or phase inspection, is carried out in order to offer a professional opinion on the quality and installation practices being used during the construction process.
This process is handled by a professional home inspector who is expected to guide their client through the entire building process to ensure they get value for their future investment.
The new home inspection is handled in three phases throughout the building process as discussed below:
1. Pre-pour inspection
This is the first phase in the new home inspection and it is conducted prior to the pouring of concrete. The inspector carries out this inspection prior to the pour day in order to assess the foundation of the home. This stage in the inspection process is very important as it ensures the integrity of the building and its bearing capacity is not compromised in any way. It is for this reason that any identified workmanship defects are reported and the recommended rectification process carried out.
The inspector is also expected to carry out a follow-up inspection once the recommended repairs have been made after which the pouring of the concrete can be done.
It is also very important for the client to understand that once the pouring of the concrete has been done, the only open window to assess the foundation will be gone. Proper scheduling should, therefore, be carried out to ensure that this phase is not left out during the new construction inspection.
2. Framing inspection
The second phase in the new home inspection is done prior to the installation of the interior walls and the insulation. This stage is also referred to as a pre-cover inspection. The interior sheet rock and insulation materials cover up critical materials like the electrical wiring and framing components of the house, therefore, making the inspection very important. This process is conducted after the house is ready for the installation of insulation materials, right after the roofing material and exterior cladding has been installed.
Scheduling of the framing inspection should coincide with the builder’s framing walk-through. This inspection ensures that the design that had earlier been agreed upon are met and any concerns are addressed. Suppose any installation problems are identified during this inspection process, the inspector is expected to prepare a report highlighting these shortcomings as well as give recommendations on the corrections to be made. These corrections are then inspected before the green light is given on installation of the interior insulation of the house is carried out.
3. Final inspection
This is the last phase in the new home inspection. The final inspection is handled after the home has been built to completion. This inspection phase is conducted before the client is given a walk-through with the builder. This process ensures that all the systems that have been installed in the house are in great working condition. This includes the plumbing system, the heating and cooling systems, the appliances that come with the house, and much more. For this reason, the final inspection usually covers the most time when it comes to new construction inspection.
After identifying the right inspector to handle the new construction inspection, it is important for the client to keep their builder informed of the person. This helps to put the builder on notice and ensures that they pay attention to detail in order to fall within the standards being checked by the third-party inspector.