Construction Inspections

It's more important than ever for buyers of new construction to have the builder's work inspected at critical phases to make sure the job is done right. Anthony Perry's Inspections has the inspector to insure your home is built the proper way.

While residential homes and other buildings must be constructed according to local, state and federal code requirements, a buyer should understand that these codes are only the minimum acceptable standards required by law for the health and safety of future occupants. Meeting the minimum standards does not necessarily ensure quality, because workmanship is not a factor in code inspections.

Although an assumption of quality can be generally based on the builder's reputation, quality is largely dependent on the professionalism of the construction crews that work on the home or building on any given day. It is often too late to discover latent problems once the framing has been covered over with insulation and drywall. This is why you need a Total Care Property inspector. New Construction Inspections are performed during the following phases:

PHASE 1 - Slab Inspection (Pre-Pour)

This first inspection is usually performed just prior to backfilling of soil after the forms have been removed from the concrete. The inspector should be able to see the sewer and drain lines. Areas covered include:

  •  Footings

  •  Foundation walls

  •  Surface preparation

  •  Vapor barrier

  •  Concrete reinforcing bar (rebar)

  • Lot contour and grading


PHASE 2 - Framing Inspection (Pre-Drywall)

The framing inspection, also referred to as the pre-drywall inspection, is performed prior to the builder installing insulation and drywall. In this inspection, we examine the plumbing, electrical wiring and duct installations, the roof structure and roof surface. We look at the structural frame, inspecting each member for a variety of framing errors, such as:

  • Unbolted sill plates

  • Over spanned Structural Members

  • Inadequate purlins (roof supports)

  • Underbuilt bearing walls

  • Improper notching and boring

  • Severed plates and interrupted joists

  • Improper fire stops


PHASE 3 - Final Inspection

Before the buyer accepts the home from the builder, we perform a thorough visual examination of the exterior and interior of the property just as we would for any full home inspection including all of the major systems, appliances, and surfaces. The final inspection report serves as a "deficiency list" of items to be completed or corrected by the builder prior to final settlement. Recommendations for energy conservation and general home maintenance information are included at this time as well.

Let the builder know at the outset that you will be getting a construction inspection. You may hear (from the builder or others) that this is unnecessary, that city inspections will be done, that this is an unusual step, etc. Stand your ground on the inspection decision. After you have let the builder know that you will be getting an inspection, send an email or written note clarifying when your inspections will be done. Make it clear that you will need to have the utilities connected for your final inspection. Allow enough time after the final inspection for corrections to be made before closing.

At some point you will sell you home, and your buyer will likely have your home inspected. Some of the items the inspector catches now may seem minor, but they will come up later in your buyer's home inspection if they are not corrected. It is in your best interest to have everything nailed down now. If there are items that cannot be fixed before closing, and you cannot delay closing, ask the builder to sign a written list of items to be repaired or completed.

Building a new home can be an exciting and rewarding experience. A new home can deliver the right floor plan and finishes for you. It is a complicated project and huge investment. The support, advice and information that you will gain from a third party inspection is invaluable. Do not leave out this important step in the building process. It is well worth the investment.

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