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BUILDING A NEW HOME?

Inspections are critical at three separate points for a new home: during construction, just prior to purchase, and before the expiration of the builder’s warranty.

 

New construction inspections may result in more attention to detail while your home is being built.

 

A professional, independent evaluation is useful to validate any issues or concerns you want to bring to your builder.

New Construction Framing

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PRE-DRYWALL INSPECTION

New construction home buyers should have a pre-drywall inspection done during the construction process. It is critical to inspect a home’s framework and major components. A pre-drywall inspection will determine if a builder uses sound building practices and can also identify issues early in the building process that may be costly to fix once the home is completed.

Timing is important; a pre-drywall inspection should be performed after municipal building inspectors approve all major work and certify the home meets local code requirements, but before insulation and drywall are installed.

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CLOSING INSPECTION

Don’t assume new homes are perfect. Typically, the cost of a walk-through inspection is recouped by identifying defective or incomplete items.

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WARRANTY INSPECTION

Many builders offer a builder’s warranty on newly constructed homes. A 11th month warranty inspection should be performed approximately 30 days prior to the expiration of the builder’s new home warranty.

 

​This inspection addresses any warranty-related concerns that you may want to bring to the builder’s attention and allows time for any necessary repairs before the warranty expires.

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