Why You Need a New Construction Inspection

By December 26, 2019February 20th, 2020New Construction
New Construction Inspection

Brand new homes are supposed to be perfect from the moment the foundation is poured to the time you move in. But this fantasy of perfection is far from the truth. All brand new homes should have a new construction inspection, as well as, what is known as a phased inspection. Waypoint Property Inspection completes new construction inspections every week, and with that, comes a whole list of repairs for the builder that can give you peace of mind. So, ultimately, why do you need an inspection?

Reason 1 – Home Inspectors WILL Find Issues

We will find issues with a brand new home. It’s practically guaranteed. Most of the time these issues will be with the roof or attic where the building supervisors overlook and the subcontractors typically cut corners. Just think, when you are a buyer and you walk through your home, you are looking at cosmetic items to which the builder, in most cases, will fix. However, you are not walking the roof or attic nor do you understand professional installation of the materials installed.

Check out these two photos from new construction inspections we have completed:

New Construction Inspection Issues - Low insulation

The insulation was poorly installed leaving low coverage areas that make a home less efficient.

New Construction Issues - Missing flue pipe

The flue vent pipe was missing/not installed. This will cause build of carbon dioxide and monoxide in the room.

Reason 2 – When You Hire a Home Inspector, the Builder Pays Closer Attention to Their Work

As a home inspector myself, I can tell you this is 100% true. If a building supervisor has half a brain, once they hear a home inspector is coming, they will do one of two things:

  1. They will try to convince you, you do not need a home inspector. Furthermore, they may try to limit the home inspector from coming or completing their inspection by saying they cannot walk the roof or attic.
  2. The supervisor will realize someone is coming to grade their work so will ensure their work is of higher quality.

It is quite common for a builder to be argumentative or suggest a home inspector cannot inspect their home. In these cases, as a buyer, you should understand this is not a suggestion, but merely a requirement for your builder to require a home inspector during the process.

On the other hand, it can be common for supervisors to be inviting of home inspectors since it is a third set of eyes to ensure their work is completed professionally. This is how it should be since it protects the builder from further complaints and helps the buyer’s peace of mind!

Reason 3 – Phased Inspections have been known to find expensive problems early

If you have not heard of phased inspections, they are stages of inspections in which an inspector will evaluate the home before the foundation is poured, before drywall is installed, and then when the house is complete.

At each stage, the inspector can really dive deep into the installation of each component by practically seeing through walls, on top of, evaluating your foundation underlayment.

Here are some items found during phased inspections:

New Construction Issues - Torn plumbing insulation

Before the foundation was poured at this home, the inspector was able to look at the plumbing that would be under the concrete foundation after it was poured. The inspector discovered the plumbing insulation had been torn/missing in some areas.

New Construction Inspection Issues - Missing fire barrier

In this instance of a pre-drywall inspection, the home inspector noted cardboard was being used as a fire barrier. This is most certainly not allowed. The orange foam is the actual fire barrier, but since the gap was too large, they filled it with cardboard. You could imagine the catastrophic events that could occur if this house were to catch on fire without the proper fire barrier installed.

Reason 4 – Peace of Mind and You Have Nothing to Lose

Ultimately, a new construction inspection will cost a few hundred dollars. But that money is well spent knowing the inspector WILL find issues, alongside, peace of mind that you did your due diligence as a new home owner!

Waypoint Property Inspection inspects new homes quite often. You can check out this flyer we made with more issues discovered during phased inspections and new construction inspections.

If you ever have any questions, feel free to comment below or contact us!

Aaron Shishilla

Author Aaron Shishilla

Aaron Shishilla is the youngest registered professional inspector in Florida. Coming from a family-owned home inspection company and now the marketing manager at Waypoint.

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