New Construction Home Inspection Options

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Home Inspector with North Jersey Property Inspections, Inc 24GI00142400 MET13458

Having a home built? How can you make sure your contractors are doing it right before your write those progress payment checks?  The Home Builders Warranty you get from the Builder covers major structural defects for 10 years but do you really want to wait and experience such a disaster if there were something you could do to help you find it before you close the deal?

 

Hiring a qualified home inspector with a background in construction who offers new construction services could save you some grief; not to mention the money you'll save on future repairs later on when these defect become evident.  Below are two standard offers you should consider to handle your New Construction Inspections.

 

NEW CONSTRUCTION PHASE INSPECTIONS

 

Three Point Inspections: The inspector comes by to perform a post pour foundation check, a pre-drywall check and a Final Walk Through. Adding these additional trips while the house is being built will give you the peace of mind that defects, which would otherwise be hiding between your floors and walls unnoticed, have been addressed.

 

Three phase inspection generally do not include a review  of Specifications or Construction Plans and Drawings.  It requires that all the Framing, Plumbing, Electrical and Heating and Ventilation be complete before the Pre-Drywall inspection can be performed even if they are finished weeks or months apart. Finished Carpentry isn't checked until the Final Walk Through. Three Point Inspections may require additional re-inspections visits, which are not generally included and are billed separately.

 

Seven Point Inspections: Same as the Three Point Inspections except this service includes a review of Specifications and Construction Plans and Drawings.  Only Home inspectors with a degree in civil engineering and a background in construction should be providing this service and you are best advised not to hire an inspector who doesn't even if they provide this service.  Lets be clear,  you don't want to hire the relative of a civil engineer or the desk job employee of a construction firm.  You really want someone experienced and comfortable in the mud for this job.

 

Additional services in a seven point inspection include separate foundation check,  framing check,  plumbing check, electrical check, heating and ventilation check.  Finished carpentry check will follow before the Final Walk through. More visits means problems are caught earlier so that your project stays on schedule. This type of inspection is particularly handy if you are making progress payments to your builder or paying specialized contractors individually. Additional billings for re-inspections are less likely because they can be performed during another inspection phase.  Keeping your project on track and on time.

 

Inspection visits may  include the builder or contractors involved in that construction phase to discuss deficiencies and remediations.  However, additional Pre-construction meetings, builder meetings and consultation services are generally available for an additional fee.

 

NEW CONSTRUCTION FINAL WALK THROUGH INSPECTIONS

 

After months of construction, your house is finally complete, and all you need to do is take the final walk through and get the keys. Without an Inspector, the builder takes you on a rushed tour through the house while you’re looking around planning where your furniture is going to go.

 

Why the rush? This is an opportunity to make sure the builder delivered what he promised and that any damages and imperfections are taken care of before you hand the builder his final payment.    Your Inspector will carefully walk you through the house, making sure everything is performing correctly, looking for defects you need to add to your punchlist so that they may be addressed before closing. Your inspector will also show you how to operate the systems in your new home.  

 

So, What could go wrong with your new construction home?  Check out our sample report from an actual New Construction Final Walk Through inspection

 

North Jersey Property Inspections Sample Reports

Comments (3)

John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

ANTHONY DI IORIO This is very good report for new construction home inspection options.

Feb 10, 2017 03:01 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Anthony, so many buyers think when they buy new, they don't need an inspection, and they are so wrong.  Welcome to ActiveRain! 

Feb 12, 2017 05:52 AM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

Thanks Anthony for sharing such great stuff on home inspections, I always have mixed feeling as some inspectors try to kill a deal while others are so so at best.

May 05, 2017 06:22 PM
ANTHONY DI IORIO

Joyce,  


Thank you.  I'm glad you enjoy my posts.


Regarding the last part of your comment...  I don't know what motivation a home inspector would have to TRY to kill a deal.  It's our job to inform the client of all the issues we see so that they can have a financial perspective on what the home will cost them after the purchase price.  That's what they paid our fee for.  No home is perfect and not every home is a money pit.   I inform all of my clients that they should look at the home inspection report as primarily as a "Honey do List"  Although major items may impact the sale, price or financing of the home.  


After the home inspection, It's the realtors job to review the inspection report with their client and advise which items the  the sellers might need to negotiate with and which items are not.  For example, maintenance items or items that are already disclosed or that are cosmetic in nature should be on the "Honey Do List" and the Knob and Tube wiring or three layer asphalt roof on top of the original failed wood shingles maybe are not.  It depends on the market value of the home, your financial abilities, your DIY abilities, and how much you have to have "This" house.  I do my best to educate my clients about such things both in person and on my website.  Check out the "Expectations" tab on my website.

Jun 05, 2017 09:23 AM