Are you onto building your new home?
Welcome to the club, then.
As new homeowners, we need to thoroughly inspect every inch of our property. This helps ensure that our new home meets all our safety, health, and structure standards.
But, as per many reviews I gathered, many builders cut corners, leading to dissatisfied homeowners. Honestly, I don’t want to stand in that lane. Neither do I want to have my newly built home already occupied with serious issues.
Now, what’s the solution? How can we save ourselves from such setbacks?
Well, I have decided to get new construction phase inspections, and I recommend you also consider getting one.
I know that one question must be coming up in your mind: “What is a phase inspection?”
Don’t worry; I’ll answer this and other potential questions about phase inspections in this blog. As a new homeowner, I can guess what’s going on in your mind, and I’ll try to cater to every possible factor to let you have an easier and more peaceful journey ahead…
What Are Phase Inspections?
These inspections ensure our home is being built properly with the utmost precision and how it SHOULD be built.
These inspections give homeowners like us a detailed explanation of our home’s construction state and where it stands. When I received my report /explanation, I was quite satisfied as it felt like I was getting a report on the progress of the construction.
Not only this, these inspections also highlight any issues that might be there. Furthermore, phase inspection is also beneficial for the builders as they acknowledge the issues they didn’t know existed. This also saves them from being accountable for any issue.
So, phase inspections are basically a win-win for all the parties involved.
What Is the Main Purpose of Phase Inspection?
The main purpose of phase inspections is to evaluate and monitor the construction process in a timely manner. This helps in determining the development at different stages of the process.
These inspections are conducted by qualified inspectors. So, ensure that the professional you hire is an expert and trained for such inspections.
The key objectives of these inspections are as follows:
Phase inspections help ensure the construction follows established standards, codes, and specifications.
By conducting inspections at various critical stages, you can identify potential issues or deviations from the project requirements, allowing for corrective measures to be taken promptly.
Timely Issue Identification
Knowing the issue before it escalates is an important part of homeownership. Scheduling these inspections helps you achieve this.
Detecting and addressing construction issues early in the process can prevent problems that might be more challenging and costly to resolve later.
This proactive approach helps maintain the overall quality of the construction and reduces the likelihood of defects or structural issues.
Phase inspections verify the construction work complies with the approved plans, permits, and regulations. This includes confirming that the building materials, methods, and techniques align with the specified standards.
By systematically examining the construction process, phase inspections contribute to risk mitigation.
They help identify potential safety hazards, structural deficiencies, or construction errors that could pose risks to the occupants or the structure’s integrity.
What Are the Phases of A Phase Inspection?
The phase inspection is divided into different phases, which is integral to determining that the house is being built correctly.
Following are the three phases of a phase inspection:
This is the first step of a phase inspection or the first phase…
These are carried out before the foundation is laid, and the inspector examines the following:
- Metal and pipe casings
- Footers and trenches
- They measure the footing width and depth, ensuring the plans are followed
- Ensuring all metal components are properly connected and placed
- Proper placing of sleeves and pipes
The inspector arrives before and after the foundation is poured to carry out the process. But, some inspectors choose to either come before or after. It’s entirely their choice.
It’s better that you schedule your inspection with an inspector who arrives before and after both.
Pre-Drywall Installation Inspection
During pre-drywall inspections, various aspects are assessed, including:
- The condition of framing, checking for warping, missing elements, or defects
- Exterior electrical and lighting fixtures
- Examination of the type of wood used and its placement
- Inspection of exterior walls, sheeting, windows, and sealants
- Assessment of framing fasteners and connectors
- Verification of anchor bolts, fire blocking, and truss ties
- Evaluation of HVAC rough-ins and duct conditions
These are just a few of the elements inspectors evaluate….yet it is crucial to understand that each factor contributes significantly to the structural integrity of your home. I was at peace once this phase of my phase inspection was done and dusted.
Completed New Construction Home Inspection
This is the third phase of the inspection process. The process is just like a home inspection for a used home. And so, the inspector in this phase looks out for issues in various areas, including:
- Roof and attic structure
- Walls, ceilings and floors
- Doors and windows
- Fireplaces and chimneys
- Water supply systems
- Sprinkler systems
- Porches, decks, driveways and patios
- Heating and cooling systems
This inspection helps identify any potential issues, allowing us an opportunity to address and rectify any issues that may arise. If any problems are discovered, the inspector will conduct a follow-up inspection to verify that the necessary corrections have been made.
In conclusion, scheduling a phase inspection is the best way to ensure there are no surprises (more like nightmares) waiting for you…
So, scheduling a phase inspection can help you eliminate any concerns that you might have regarding your property. Speaking from experience, these inspections were my holy grail during my home construction process.
If you think you might be late to schedule an inspection, then know there’s no word like “late” when scheduling inspections.
Schedule a professional inspection with experienced, qualified, and finest inspectors from Ally Property Inspections. Get high-quality services to your personalized needs, and meet the best of the best.