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Why You Desperately Need An Inspection For Your New Build

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What if I could give you the secret to alleviating the stress of knowing whether your new construction home is being built to a standard you can live with. After all, you are investing large amounts of money and time, in what will one day be the place you rest your head after a stressful day. The place you will create memories in with family for years to come!

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Wouldn't you want to invest in some peace of mind so that you are certain your home will look and function the way it should for years to come? “Sounds great Onyi but my house is brand new for goodness sakes what could possibly go wrong?

Well, unfortunately, a lot. You're shaking your head right now, aren't you? I understand you are probably saying, “My builder’s model home knocked my socks off and I am sparing no expense to ensure my home looks just like it.

While I dislike fearmongering just as much as you do. Let's pose this scenario. When it comes to the building of your home the builders have a project manager who ensures everything is done on time and correctly?

Who do you suppose this project manager works for? Not you. While I do not believe any reputable builder is going out of their way to overlook defects.

Who in this equation is acting as an extra pair of eyes on your behalf? The builder knows the importance of having one hence they hired a project manager. Well, no one!

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Unless of course, you have an inspector who is posing as the checks and balances to the builder ensuring nothing is missed which could cost you down the line.

This is why a three-phase inspection is so important to you. What is a three-phase inspection? I am so happy you asked!

What is a Three Phase Inspection?

A three-phase inspection is an inspection that is divided into three different times during the building of a new home.

During each of these designated times, your inspector will come out on your behalf to make sure everything is moving along as it should.
The three separate times your inspector will come out are:

  1. Prior to the completion of your foundation.

  2. Prior to the placement of insulation and drywall being placed inside the home.

  3. Lastly when the home is completed by the builders.

Phase One

During Phase one or the pre-pour inspection, your inspector will be checking to make sure your builder has followed the plans indicated for the building of the foundation before the concrete is poured.

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This part of the inspection is best done before the builder schedules for the concrete to be poured. By having the inspector check to make sure the builder has remained true to their blueprint before the concrete is laid. It will help to safeguard the integrity of the home's structure by making sure the concrete will hold the weight it's supposed to.

Foundation issues are costly and nobody has the time to be beating their head against the wall trying to fix it when it could have been prevented!

Phase Two

The phase two inspection happens before any insulation or drywall is installed. This is best scheduled before you have your first walk-through with the builders.

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Here the inspector makes sure the window flashing, electrical wiring, and framing components are installed correctly and are in working order before installation and drywall are installed.

Want to know some of the common things inspectors find wrong during this phase?
One is excessive damage to load bearing walls when utilities are put in by the home builder. Another is the poor installation of window flashing which can lead to water entering inside the home.

Phase Three

The last inspection is the most comprehensive and requires the most time. This part of the inspection should be completed before the final walk-through with your builder.

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During this time the inspector will take a look at the completed roof to make sure it is functioning the way it should. There will be another look again at the foundation. The electrical, heating, cooling, and appliances will be checked at this time as well.

The most common issues inspectors find at this stage are premature cracking and settlement of the foundation. This happens when the builder did not allow enough curing time for the concrete. Another problem is improper installation of electrical components which can present fire and safety issues in the future. Lastly, is the incorrect placing of plumbing structures which leads to leaks and even mold for the homeowner if not caught in time.

Having someone who works exclusively for you is essential. This relationship is vital in the building of your new home.

When you move into your new home you will have enough things to decide. So please save yourself the heartache and hire a knowledgeable inspector who can act as a third party in the quality control of your home

Now I’d love to hear from you.

What has your experience been with your builder? Would you feel comfortable adding another person to the mix?

Leave your comments down below. Remember your experiences are important and might just help another homeowner.