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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 and pulled out a newspaper. Behind that newspaper was a Superman No.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 its secret for over 50 years.
Don’t let your new home hide secrets, schedule your new construction home inspection now!
Unless you have x-ray vision like Superman, all new construction should undergo thorough phase inspections. When, exactly, should these phase inspections take place during the construction process?
The term, pre-drywall inspection, is commonly used to describe one phase of new construction. It means that the home inspection will take place prior to the installation of the wallboard/drywall.
The 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 your estimated cost. If the renovator knows what’s behind the walls it takes the guesswork out of estimating the cost.
Bottom line, ALL new homes should be inspected by a certified professional inspector familiar with new home construction.