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Why is a new construction inspection so important… It’s simple really, this will be the last time you see inside the walls of your new home, a critical, but often overlooked fact.
Many years ago while remodeling a home in Chevy Chase, Maryland I reached into a wall I was working on and pulled out a newspaper. Behind that news paper was a Superman #9 comic book! As I sat on the steps thumbing through the old comic I couldn’t help but wonder who left it behind? Was it a skilled carpenter, a young helper, or maybe the electrician? While I’ll never know the answer to that question, one fact is clear… That wall held it’s secret for over 50 years.
Don’t let your new home hide a secret, schedule your new home inspection now!
Unless you have x-ray vision like Superman, all new construction should undergo thorough phase inspections during the construction process. But when exactly should those phase inspections take place?
The term pre-drywall inspection is a common term used to describe one phase in new construction. It generally means the home inspection will take place prior to the installation of the wall board, or drywall.
A pre-drywall inspection typically takes place after the exterior walls of the home have been covered in house wrap and insulation has been installed in the exterior walls. Herein lies the problem… after the house wrap is installed and the walls are insulated most of the exterior wall framing is now hidden from view. A better term would be “framing inspection”, and it should take place prior to insulating the exterior walls.
During a framing inspection your inspector would walk the home prior to the installation of wall insulation. This allows the inspector to examine the exterior sheathing, structural framing, fire stopping, electric, plumbing, and HVAC from the inside of the home. The home inspector would visually inspect the house wrap from the outside of the home.
Even a simple walk through inspection with picture documentation can be invaluable. In years to come when you need to make repairs you can look back on those pictures for reference. If you ever do take on a major renovation the picture documentation could reduce you estimated cost. If the renovator know what’s behind the walls it takes the guess work out of estimating the cost.
Bottom line, all new construction should be inspected by a certified professional home inspector.