Over the last decade there were nearly 7 million homes built, including one and a half million custom built homes according to National Association of Home Builders, and even with 2020 being a year most of us would like to forget, home building hasn’t slowed much.
That’s quite a few new construction homes that hit the market—hopefully, these new home construction buyers opted for an inspection! Although new construction homes are thought to be without fault, there could be potential issues.
Homebuyers aren’t the only individuals who should consider an inspection on a newly-built or being-built home—builders should also be thinking ahead and ensuring the work of their contractors is up to their expectations (and local building codes).
The best part of new construction inspections is that there are different inspections for each phase of building, so both homebuyers and home builders can ensure the home build is going as planned and expected.
One of the more common phases to conduct a new construction inspection is during the Pre-Drywall Phase. A pre-drywall inspection can keep you informed about the following aspects of the new build before the drywall is put up and potentially hides many concerns:
HVAC System Inspection
Verifying the right size unit was installed and that the ductwork appears adequate and properly sealed are some things a new construction inspector will check during the pre-drywall inspection. Verifying the insulation levels are also another item on the checklist.
Plumbing System Inspection
Identifying leaks or poorly installed pipes will save issues down the line—plus, without the drywall installed, your inspector will get a better look at the full plumbing system than they could in an already complete home.
Electrical System Inspection
Adhering to building code is extremely important during a build and especially so when it comes to the electrical wiring in a new home. Looking for shortcuts and poor installation as well as check the material used will be one of the main parts of reviewing this system.
Structural Issues Inspection
While the home is freshly build, a home inspector will still check the home from bottom to top–from the foundation to the walls to ensure the structure of the home is sound—and safe for a family to move in.
Windows & Doors Inspection
Verifying the proper installation of up-to-date products and methods will ensure your home won’t be a source of wasted energy.
Other Areas of an Inspection
A pre-drywall inspection will also review the following aspects of a home:
Appliances (if installed at this phase already)
Your AcuSystem new construction home inspector will also review the materials, like the type of drywall, to be installed in the next phase to ensure the right materials will be going in.