Why You Need a New Construction Home Inspection

Home Inspector with A Full House Inspection Co. LLC


Here are couple of photos from last month's new construction inspection.

Weep holes and Flashing

The brick veneer is missing REQUIRED weep holes and flashing to allow moisture to drain.  This is a defect that can damage the building materials.


Horizontal & Step Cracks

The blue tape in the photo shows the length and location of the cracks.  (The buyer reported that the builder "hurried" to complete the home, and would not allow a home inspection until after they closed.)  Now the builder has conduct repairs to the benefit of the buyer.

Check out the photo of the roof below.  Notice the unsealed/raised shingles?

Roof Appearance


Here's the reason why...

Incorrect installation of the fasteners!

Nail Heads

The railing is loose, and the city building official passed this!


Loose Railing

Comments (2)

Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
Seattle Home Inspector

Peter, I see this all the time with improperly nailed roofs.  While nail guns "can" be used properly, this is what happens when they aren't----maybe we need to go back to hand nailing:)

May 31, 2009 11:34 AM
Peter W. Bennett
A Full House Inspection Co. LLC - Little Silver, NJ

Roofers need to be taught how to use a nail gun, and the AHJ should be taught how to inspect and pass these unprofessional, and unreliable installations.

May 31, 2009 11:43 AM