You may wonder why you need an inspection of a new construction home that is supposed to come with warranties and assurance. However, you might be surprised at how many issues can be found by an unbiased outside inspector. Low-quality building material, incorrectly installed roofing or insulation, and open junction boxes are just some of the things that can be missed. One of the most often problems is your builder asking for the next payment, claiming they have finished certain phase. But, did they really?
An independent report gives you honest opinion regarding the process, as well as the quality and installation practices being utilized on your property during the building process. We provide on-site inspections at the most opportune times to evaluate and report on the installation practices for the major systems being installed.
This saves you thousands of dollars by having shoddy work corrected before your builders leave your site. It also can identify many life safety hazards built into your home. We help you keep your builder honest! The Construction-phase Inspections usually have three stages:
Foundation pre-pour inspections are performed within 24-48 hours before the concrete is poured for the foundation. The inspector will check the vapor barriers, the form boards, rebar elevators, and any penetrations for proper barriers. The inspector will also check for foreign objects anywhere the concrete will go that could leave a void after deterioration. Any foundation problems that are found will be quickly addressed. The finished grade around the foundation is also checked to verify adequate site drainage.
The best time for the foundation inspection is typically two days prior to the actual pour day. This will ensure that the foundation is ready to inspect, as well as give the builder sufficient time to make any and all needed corrections or postpone the pour day.
The second visit occurs after framing is completed, the electrical wiring has been run, and the plumbing lines have been placed. This should occur before beginning drywall or plastering and exterior finishes. The inspector then looks for proper attachments to the foundation, electrical wiring and termination, plumbing setups, any disconnected plumbing, nailing plates where required, and proper window operation. They will also observe the ducts for damage or disconnection, ensure fasteners are in all holes at the joist hangers, verify that framing of the structure was completed to code, check that flashing is placed around windows and other penetrations, and that the exterior sheathing is sealed to create a water-resistive barrier. The roof will not be inspected during this phase as it may not be finished. However, the inspector will check for obvious points of water entry.
The final inspection occurs a few days before your scheduled walk-through with your builder. Also known as the comprehensive new home inspection, this final inspection satisfies the InterNACCHI Standards of Practice. Your final inspection will focus on structural, operational, mechanical, plumbing, and safety issues. At this time, the inspector will operate all appliances and fixtures, check all outlets and lights, run the AC, ensure the proper sealant in all necessary areas, make sure windows and doors are opening/closing properly, and complete all other aspects of a general home inspection. The inspector will walk the roof if it is safe to do so and run the outside water spigots.
The beauty of the using our company is that you do not have to personally fight battles with your contractors. You just show them the report and require them to fix up any identified deficiencies. The best part is – it is not your name at the bottom of that long list. It is your inspector who requires the fixings.
Are you building a property and you’re worried that the builder and the contractors are cutting corners? Or you are adding an annex and want to make sure everything is done properly? Perfect Home Inspections Guam can help with that. Give us a call today!