As a North Carolina licensed home inspector and a North Carolina licensed general contractor as well as a current home builder, I understand how homes are designed and built and how they should function. Several types of inspections are offered for new homes.
Pre-drywall inspections are performed for clients so that they have an independant third party evaluating the construction of their home prior to sheetrock hanging. Once the sheet rock is hung, it is impossible to view hangers, headers, wall studs and supporting beams. New home buyers are encouraged to use this service. All "rough-ins" should be complete: electrical, plumbing, HVAC and all of the fire blocking performed. More often than not, subcontractors compromise joists, studs and ladderal bracing during the construction process. Each floor is inspected. All of the building components and fire blocking through openings and drilled holes are inspected. A written report is provided for any items that need to be addressed prior to your pre-dry wall walk through with your builder.
New Home Inspections
Why you need your new home inspected before you close:
· Municipal inspectors do not check the operation of electrical, plumbing or heating/cooling
· Many homes have roof or roof flashing defects, causing leaks that may go undetected
· Many new homes may have improperly grounded or wired electrical outlets
· Many homes have siding or trim defects, causing wind driven rain entry
Attics and crawl spaces may have split rafters, cut floor joist, or poor bearing of girders. Municiple inspectors are in and out of a house in a matter of minutes, whereas a typical home inspection takes about three hours. Builders, unfortunately, cannot micro manage their subs and most times are unaware of the defects themselves. In addition, our "Standards Of Practice" exceeds and entails many more items that are not checked by municiple inspectors. In all my years as a home inspector, I have never had a new home to "pass" an inspection, and I strongly encourage everyone to have their own independant evaluation.
One Year Warranty Inspections
Even though you may have had your new home inspected, problems can occur over the course of time. Some home buyers who choose not to have a new home inspected later decide to have one performed as they discover potential issues. Others decide to protect themselves prior to their One Year Home Warranty expiring. Having a professional home inspection performed and a thorough report that can be submitted to your builder says that you are serious. Negotiating with your builder for repairs while still under warranty is the way to get things done.
Your consideration to have Scott Fuller Home Inspection