My house is brand new – it’s in perfect condition, right?  Wrong! Many people believe that just because a home is new, it is in perfect condition. This is a misconception that can cost money and cause headaches down the road. During new construction, multiple contractors are working on various components of the home simultaneously and not everything is going to go perfectly. With all of these wheels turning at once, something is bound to be overlooked.

For example, we’ve seen instances where pipes weren’t properly connected, fire barriers were missing, there were gaps in the framing, just to name a few. Many of these issues are covered up by drywall and you would never know they existed until they started to cause damage. If you don’t address these issues right away, they will become your problem down the road. However, this can easily be addressed by conducting a new construction home inspection allowing you to ensure the builder addresses the problems before moving on to the next phase of construction.

What is a New Construction Home Inspection?

New Construction Home Inspections are inspections which examine the home at four different phases of the build to identify issues that may exist so they can be addressed before the next phase begins. You can also request an 11-month warranty inspection before your builder guarantees expire.

Four Phases of New Construction Home Inspections

There are four phases of the inspection in which the inspector will cover various elements of the home including foundation, framing, insulation, moisture, fire protection elements, roofing, HVAC, plumbing and electrical. The following provides a breakdown of the areas covered under each phase.

  • Phase 1: Site Overview
    • Grading
    • Elevation
    • Footings
  •  Phase 2: Rough Framing & Mechanicals
    • Foundation/Slab
    • Rough Framing
    • Roofing
    • Rough HVAC
    • Rough Plumbing
    • Rough Electrical
  • Phase 3: Exterior & Insulation
    • Finished Exterior
    • Complete Insulation
  • Phase 4: Final Complete Home Inspection
    • Exterior
    • Roofing
    • Garage
    • HVAC
    • Plumbing
    • Electrical
    • Structural Components
    • Built-In Kitchen Appliances
    • Laundry Facilities/Components
    • Home Accessories
    • Interiors
    • Insulation and Ventilation 

11-Month Warranty Inspection

In addition, many homebuyers consider an 11-month warranty inspection. This inspection is focused on cosmetic and general maintenance items in need of attention and/or are covered as part of the builder’s warranty. This does not include testing appliances and/or mechanical systems other than typical maintenance. These inspections are scheduled 2-3 months prior to the warranty expiration so that homeowners can reach out to the builder to address issues before it’s too late.

Conclusion

No home is perfect – even newly built homes! The goal of the new construction inspections is to catch problems during the home’s construction so that they can be addressed right away avoiding headaches and costly repairs down the road. Ideally, you should start the process prior to the beginning of construction but even if it has begun, it’s never too late to have a professional looking out for you as you build your dream home!

Our experienced team of inspectors proudly serves the following areas:

Chester County, PA

  • West Chester
  • Exton
  • Malvern
  • Downingtown
  • Kennett Square
  • Oxford

Delaware County, PA

  • Newtown Square
  • Media
  • Haverford
  • Radnor
  • Aston
  • Concordville

Montgomery County, PA

  • Limerick
  • Pottstown
  • Merion
  • Norristown
  • Abington
  • Horsham

New Castle County, DE

  • Wilmington
  • Hockessin
  • Newark
  • Bear
  • Middletown
  • Smyrna

Also serving portions of the following counties: Lancaster (PA), Berks (PA), Bucks (PA) and Kent (DE).

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