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Many people believe, wrongly so, that because they are buying a newly constructed home, it is going to be without issues. The reality, is that all new construction should have phase inspections to make sure things really are proceeding with no issues. You’re making a huge investment. It is important that you do everything that you can to protect that investment.
As the contractor is building the home, they will have a tendency to overlook seemingly small issues in the interest of getting the job done and moving on to the next project. The reality, is that while a particular issue may seem minor and meaningless, it can turn into a huge issue down the line, costing you thousands of dollars to repair. The idea behind the construction phase inspection is not to nitpick at the contractor, but to look for issues that might have honestly been overlooked or missed during their own walk-through of the project.
Most major cities require a specified number of inspections during the construction phase. Contractors will point out that because these inspections are already happening, and so construction inspections are unnecessary. The reality though, is that the required city inspections are looking for code violations and not construction quality. As a result, most homeowners buying a newly constructed home find themselves with major issues within the first five years of living in the home. Usually, these issues are due to contractor error, or overlooking those “minor” issues. Had the home been inspected by a certified professional home inspector like John Derossett of AllStar Home and Commercial Property Inspections. John is an InterNACHI trained and certified home inspector who follows the InterNACHI standards. Instead however, the homeowner ends up relying on the warranty that was provided by the contractor when they bought the home, and everyone knows that this is a long, drawn-out process that is not only time-consuming, but highly stressful.
You can take control of such situations however, by hiring AllStar Home and Commercial Property Inspections by having an inspection completed during each phase of construction including such times as:
- Foundation Construction
- Framing Construction
- Electrical Installation
- Pre-Drywall Installation
- Final Construction Inspection
After each phase, you and the contractor will be provided with a list of the issues the inspector found and on the return visit, the inspector will ensure that the repairs were made prior to moving to the next phase. In most cases, contractors will not bring up your inspection options during the construction of your home, but it is in your best interest to arrange for new construction inspections, and give yourself peace of mind that everything possible is being done to ensure that your investment into this new home is protected. Give us a call today to learn more about our new construction inspection service.