NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME INSPECTIONS. Jeff has found cracked trusses, signs of previous fires in the electrical box as well as undersized wiring, the wrong sized air conditioning unit, stairs that are uneven and needed to be completely replaced, siding that was not installed properly etc. (see pics)
Do not close on your new home without one! Read your contract and make sure that you or your buyers agent (great idea to get representation) notifies the builder in writing that you are having home inspections. Many BUILDERS have rules not allowing inspectors in a certain amount of days prior to your walk through. WE HAVE SEEN TWO WEEKS IN ADVANCE OF CLOSING!
Jeff Bennett is a Certified Master Inspector ® as well as Certified ASHI Inspector. Full Service Home Inspections is properly Insured and holds County Licenses required for Pre Drywall & New Construction Home Inspections. Just call the office and we will set it all up for you. From Pre Drywall to the final inspection and then of course your one year builders warranty inspection.
Pre Drywall Inspection (Very important to have one prior to the insulation to find open gaps as well as look at the electrical, roof, plumbing, windows, etc prior to the insulation being installed)
SAMPLE NEW CONSTRUCTION HOME INSPECTION REPORT which includes a follow up repair inspection.
Brand new construction inspection revealed over heated wire.
Brand new construction inspection revealed undersized wiring.
Warranty inspection revealed a broken truss which would have been caught at the Pre closing inspection but the buyer chose not to have one.
Unlevel staircase was found at a Pre closing inspection. The entire staircase needed to be replaced.
New construction roofs are not impervious to installation defects – the most common issue Jeff finds with new roof installations is improper shingle nailing. When nails are over driven, driven at an angle, or located too high on the shingles, it’s a defective installation. The photos below show a few examples of defective roof installations on new construction homes.
He also finds bending up of the shingles which comes from a manufacturers defect. It will usually appear at the final inspection or the first year of ownership. This is why an 11 month warranty is advised. Your report becomes a legal document and protects you.
DecksThis deck beam (pictured right) should have been attached to the 6×6 post with a metal bracket; not bumped out over the side of the post and attached to the sliver that was left.
Stone Siding installation defects.
For example, masonry veneer needs to be kept 2″ above the roof covering. In the photo to the right, the mortar is touching the shingles..
High-efficiency furnaces and water heaters need to have the venting pitched so water drains out; there should never be any dips in the piping that allow water to pool.