Superintendent’s and City Building Inspectors are there so I don’t really need my own inspector, do I?
Well, houses are not built on an assembly line. A lot of different people, sub-contractors and laborers will work on the house and quality control varies widely from builder to builder and even for the same builder from location to location.
Most builders work very hard to provide a good product and there are a number of people who keep an eye on the construction, including the builder’s superintendent (who works for the builder) and the City Building Inspector (who works for the City), but there isn’t anyone who is looking out specifically for your interest – unless you hire your own home inspector.
So, yes. Take the necessary steps to protect your interest!
Phase inspections are typically done at each of the major stages of construction. These stages include:
- Pre-pour – This critical inspection takes place before the concrete is poured ensuring that the footing is in accordance with the design specifications, (i.e., size and /or dimensions of the support beams, and structural steel content) and that you have proper placement and installation of the post-tension cables. This inspection also includes inspecting for proper placement, installation and protection of the copper water lines.
- Framing and Mechanical – Once the rough-in electrical, plumbing, heating & air conditioning equipment are in place and the interior, exterior framed walls are complete, the roof sheathing and roofing material are in place, the structure is basically secure from water intrusion. Then you are ready for your pre dry-wall inspection. We will come back to the property before the drywall is hung and insulation put in. We will check the interior and exterior framing, wiring, roof, and plumbing to make sure everything matches the plans. A detailed report is then completed at each phase inspection. The report will include digital pictures of defects found and black & white illustrations of proper installation. No matter where you are, this report can be emailed or faxed to you by the next working day.
- Final Inspection – Prior to your final walk through with the builder we will go through and check all of the systems to be sure they are hooked up and in proper working order.
You will never have more leverage to ensure that your concerns are addressed and problems are resolved than before you close. So, the final inspection should be scheduled just a day or two before your final walk through with the Builder. This will ensure that most, if not all, last minute items have been completed prior to your inspection. We will prepare and provide you with a complete written home inspection report that provides details about the house and documents the issues identified. The home inspection report, with color pictures, is delivered by email within 24 hours so that you have plenty of time to review the written information and, if necessary, discuss issues to be addressed.