Great post about new construction! Thanks Bob!
Another reason to have a Realtor helping you with the purchase of your next home.
Have heard from people AFTER they have moved in that they found out that they were missing insulation, AC issues due to the fact that duct work was incorrect, and all could have been aoided had they had an inspection, which we would have recommended..
Would the builder skip a step? i hope not, BUT , things happen..
Always good to have an extra set of eyes and ears out there on your behalf!
I highly recommend buyers not be afraid of offending their builder when hiring an inspector; any reputable builder will have no problem and often mention it during the initial contract signing. This is a great opportunity to have a third party licensed inspector check for problems, and mistakes before it’s too late.
The home is framed and it’s time for drywall and my buyer asks should I get a pre-drywall inspection, my response is yes. Third party home inspections evaluate critical construction errors making sure the builder is using sound construction practices building buyers home.
What should inspector and buyers look for at the drywall inspection? Gaps in the framing, placement of can lights, electrical sockets and outlets on the right walls and their placement. Heat/air ducts in correct place and returns are positioned according to building plan.
Today our home buyer’s-third-party home inspector is meeting three hours prior to meeting with the builder’s supervisor to go over final dry-wall inspection. Our buyer will have the opportunity to ask for things that might have been missed in the initial design any other concerns builders inspector/super might have uncovered.
Roof and roof/attic framing
Plumbing and sewer rough-in
HVAC duct work rough-in and proper sealing with mastic
Exterior siding, doors, windows, and other penetrations
Flashing around all doors, windows, roof lines
Proper installation of roof shingles, valleys, crickets, boots, etc
Buyer asks should I get a pre-drywall inspection, my response, yes! My buyers come first when it comes to new construction and I highly recommend hiring a third-party-inspection. Builders have their own inspector/inspections and city code inspectors but peace of mind is worth the expense of hiring an inspector for pre-dry-wall stage of new construction.
Bob Ratliff, REALTOR® (512) 587-5689
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