A Realtors® Adventures Buying San Antonio TX New Home Construction-The Pre-Drywall Inspection

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A Realtors® Adventures in Buying San Antonio TX New Construction-The Pre-Drywall Inspection

Some of you may or may not know that I, a San Antonio TX Realtor®, am purchasing a New Construction home in San Antonio TX.  I thought it may be fun to show everyone, that just because I am a Realtor®, I get to go through the same thing as any consumer would when trying to purchase a San Antonio TX home for sale, new or otherwise.  

As a consumer looking for a home to buy in San Antonio TX, I get to navigate the home buying waters such as finding the neighborhood, deciding on buying new or pre-owned, getting qualified for a loan and, since I am buying new, I get to watch the transformation of my home from week to week.  One of the things that I always stress to my clients buying a San Antonio TX home for sale is the Inspection process.  It is so important to get an inspection and with San Antonio TX New Home construction, a home buyer gets the advantage of getting a pre-drywall inspection done.  

Pre Drywall Inspection

You may ask why is that an advantage.  Well, in my opinion, this is the ONLY time that you are able to actually get an independent inspection done when everything is VISIBLE.  When the drywall goes up, that's it folks..what's behind there is behind there and if there is something wrong, you don't get to find out about it until something very costly goes wrong.  So...while the drywall is not up, and the wiring, plumbing and duct work is visible, get the pre-drywall inspection.  This could end up saving you thousands of dollars later.

But Brenda, the builder said they have all of these city inspectors and engineer inspectors come and make sure everything is up to code and that's absolutely FREE.  Yes, you are right, they do that...however, a city inspector or engineer inspector are only looking quickly whether this or that is up to code...I am not saying they don't do their job thoroughly, but an Texas Licensed Independent Inspector that you hire, is going to be looking for those things that benefit you....

And the best time to get it fixed is BEFORE that drywall goes up.  Don't just listen to me..check out what my Inspector Perry Zelner from A-Integrity Inspections says about the importance of getting a Pre-Drywall Inspection.  

Additionally, during the pre-drywall inspection, you get educated about certain areas of your home that you normally wouldn't be on the final inspection.  For example, while going through the home today, the inspector pointed out to me the pink goo that is around all the lighting and sealing everything.  This is a fire blocker goo (not the technical name for it), but if a fire were to break out, this prevents it from escaping and entering upstairs.  He pointed out that duct work was sealed and set properly. We also discussed things like access to the Jacuzzi tub and changing lights that are really, really high up.  These things you aren't thinking about when looking how pretty the model homes are, but when it becomes your home, when you need to change that lightbulb..it's going to come up.  I also learned where my A/C drain into and how this black, plastic looking roofing material helped to insulate my home...

My San Antonio TX New Home Construction pre-drywall Inspection went really good.  There was nothing major found, but....a few minor things were found and now I have the opportunity to get to the builder and request them to fix it so that it doesn't become an issue later.  

It's important that you know as your San Antonio TX Realtor®, I practice what I preach and since I preach inspections to my clients...I got one done.  Now that the pre-drywall inspection has been done, I will get with the builder, discuss the things I need to and up goes the drywall...

and soon, I will be the owner of a New Construction home in San Antonio TX!!  

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Brenda Mullen – San Antonio Texas Real Estate Professional

Brenda Mullen Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent
Selling a San Antonio Texas area home involves many steps and having an experienced  San Antonio  Texas Real Estate Agent by your side will make the transaction run a lot smoother. I would love to be your San Antonio Texas Area Real Estate Professional! I assist both buyers and sellers in the San Antonio Texas area with either the purchase and or sale of residential real estate.
As an Accredited Buyer’s Agent, I have received special training to guide and educate you through the entire home buying process. From start to finish, I listen to your needs and desires in what you would like and take the information you give me to find you home.
As your San Antonio Texas listing agent I am well versed on the local San Antonio Texas area Real Estate Market. You can expect personalized service that includes a detailed consultation on how to best position your home to be competitive in today’s market with an in depth comparative market analysis, and advice on staging. I use the latest and most up-to-date marketing methods to get your home in front of as many buyers as possible. Being your San Antonio Texas area Realtor® not only involves just finding the home or selling the home, but being your guide, negotiator, advisor and advocate and making sure that your needs and goals are met. Being your San Antonio Texas area Realtor® is one of my truest passions, and “Helping You Find Home” is my number one priority.
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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
"Franklin MA Homes"

Good morning, Brenda.... it's important FOR YOU to practice what you preach....and I'm so glad you're buying a new home..... I can't wait to see the finished product....

Nov 29, 2012 09:43 PM #1
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Hi Barbara-It is and I can't wait either lol :)!  Thanks for stopping by!

Nov 29, 2012 09:44 PM #2
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

I agree with Barbara completely.  Good for you on building a new home my friend. 

Nov 29, 2012 09:45 PM #3
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Hi John-Thanks so much :)!  It's an exciting time!

Nov 29, 2012 09:47 PM #4
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

Brenda, It's pretty cool to see what a home looks like BEFORE it's all put together.  And certainly no better time than pre-drywall to find out if there are problems that would haunt you later!  Nice illustration of the process :)

Nov 29, 2012 10:32 PM #5
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Hi BLiz-Thanks to you I was able to get all those pictures into a nice collage so I truly appreciate your tutorial on that.  The pre drywall inspection is a terrific way to make sure all is well before it gets covered up for good!

Nov 29, 2012 11:18 PM #6
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Thanks for sharing your insight on new construction inspections and you are right on target they are very important for the buyers.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Nov 30, 2012 12:36 AM #7
Amanda S. Davidson
Amanda Davidson Real Estate Group - Alexandria, VA
Alexandria Virginia Homes For Sale

Brenda- Congrats on buying a new home, that's really exciting! You make a great point that pre-drywall inspections are so important. I always like to go with my clients when they have theirs on new builds.

Nov 30, 2012 02:03 AM #8
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Hi Lou-I do believe they are, which is why I got one for me :)!  Thanks!

Hi Amanda-Thanks..it is :)!  It's a great learning experience.  

Nov 30, 2012 02:07 AM #9
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Brenda, I hope everything goes smoothly with the construction of your new home.  I look forward to seeing pictures of it when it is all finished.

Nov 30, 2012 02:42 AM #10
Charita Cadenhead
Keller Williams Realty - Birmingham, AL
Serving Jefferson and Shelby Counties (Alabama)

Brenda this is a brilliant idea to include an up close and personal new construction experience.  We get to go along for the ride AND San Antonio, TX homebuyers looking for new construction, can feel confident that you know firsthand what they are going through and how they feel during the process.

Nov 30, 2012 05:05 AM #11
Wayne and Jean Marie Zuhl
Samsel & Associates - Clark, NJ
The Last Names You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Hi Brenda - I'm excited live vicariously through you as you build your new home! I don't sell new construction and have very little experience in it so this is pretty fun for me!

Nov 30, 2012 05:50 AM #12
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

For buyers who are interested in new construction this is a great article!  Inspection on new construction, in the various stages on building, is well worth it.  Wonderful post, very informative!

Nov 30, 2012 06:16 AM #13
Brenda Mullen
RE/MAX Access - Schertz, TX
Your San Antonio TX Real Estate Agent!!

Hi George-Me too :).  I will share with everyone along the way :)!

Hi Charita-Thank you so much...glad you liked the idea :)!

Hi Wayne and Jean-I am glad to hear it :)!...it's pretty fun for me too!

Hi Carla-Inpsections are very important and now consumers can see that I am not just saying it..I am doing it as well :)!  

Nov 30, 2012 09:31 AM #14
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