New Construction
Pre Drywall

11 month builder warranty inspection

The primary goal is to provide a thorough inspection along with a detailed report that will list items that are safety hazards or items that are not performing or operating properly. We offer this inspection service for homeowners who are living in a newly constructed home less than one-year-old. While many items are now concealed, it’s not too late for defects to be caught by the trained eyes of a professional home inspector.

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A Pre-drywall inspection should be completed prior to the insulation installation, but after ALL trades have completed their “ROUGH-IN” portion of the project. Once all of these trades are signed off and approved, the code-compliance building inspector for that municipality will be requested to perform a framing inspection. The code inspector is checking for code compliance and usually has no regard for the quality or workmanlike condition nor revisit the previous inspections he performed.

Once the code inspector signs off, it will be then OK for the builder to insulate. This is when it is recommended to get your inspector in. When everything is 100% completed and signed off, ready for insulation. Although not impossible, it is more difficult to inspect the home, once the insulation is installed. It is important to let your builder know as far in advance as possible, that you will be bringing in your own inspector, for the pre-drywall. It will allow your builder to help with the scheduling and coordination. Also, inform the builder that you would like your inspection scheduled to be pre-insulation as described above. This will also let the builder give you their policy concerning home inspectors and inspections. Your inspector can prepare a list for the builder to review and correct as necessary. Many times things are caught and save the builder a great deal of expense to remedy at this stage of construction.

The next phase is your Final Walk-Through Inspection. This is where items noted can be re-inspected to see how they were addressed, as well as performing a complete home inspection by your inspector.

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Benefits of Home Inspection Before Warranty Expires

  • Your new home may have already been inspected by the city or county but municipal building inspectors are usually under time restraints and are not especially detailed with their inspection protocols. As your professional home inspector, I will take the time to examine all aspects of your home. Our inspection covers all major systems and includes testing of the mechanical systems and components to ensure that everything is in correct working order.
  • As a new homeowner, you may be under the misguided impression that nothing can go wrong because your home is new. The truth is far from it, and many things can go wrong. Some of these might have been obvious during the first couple of months of occupancy, but there are many hidden defects that the average homeowner may not have the experience or knowledge to find. Statistically speaking, most problems that occur with homes that are 5, 10, or 20 years old began when the home was new within the first year of occupancy!
  • A home inspection before you closed on your home doesn’t guarantee that the systems will work at optimal performance levels after the first year of ownership. Building materials often expand and contract with weather changes and the new construction will move and settle over time. Problems may come to fruition during the first year of occupancy that was not immediately apparent when you first moved into your home.

Why Should I Get a Home Inspection on a New Construction Home?

Most builders, contract various aspects of a project out to various subcontractors. So, it is very difficult to make sure all the work is at the highest quality. It’s next to impossible for the builder to monitor each detail of construction along the way.

  • Ultimately, the builder is responsible for repairs to your home within the first year of construction;
  • The cost of the warranty repairs have already been calculated into the purchase price of your home. In essence, you have already paid for the repairs so it makes sense to take advantage of a builder’s warranty inspection.
  • The cost of an inspection will be far less than the cost of repairs that you now won’t have to pay out of pocket for in the future!