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New Construction Inspections

This inspection is done just before your builder settlement date and taking possession of your new home. New construction homes are rarely flawless, having a professional home inspection can ensure that your new property is safe, code-compliant, and free from hidden defects. It can provide you with valuable information, protection, and peace of mind.

Here are some benefits of getting a home inspection done on a new construction home:

Quality Assurance:  Even though it's a new build, mistakes can happen during the construction process. Our inspection will ensure that the work has been completed to accepted workmanship standards, helping you identify any issues early on.

Code Compliance:  We are trained and certified in the residential building codes. The inspection can ensure that your new home meets all the necessary codes and safety standards.

Identifying Defects:  The inspection can uncover hidden defects or construction errors that may not be immediately visible to the untrained eye. This can include issues with the foundation, wiring, plumbing, or structural components.

Timing and convenience:  A new construction inspection can uncover issues that need attention before final settlement. Identifying and addressing these issues early can help ensure that necessary work is completed by the builder before you move into your new home.

Peace of Mind:  Knowing that your new home has been thoroughly inspected can provide peace of mind, ensuring that you're moving into a safe and well-constructed property.

Energy Efficiency:  Home inspectors can assess the energy efficiency of the home, including insulation, windows, and HVAC systems, which can help you save on utility bills in the long run.

 

Maintenance Guidance:  The inspection can provide you with valuable information about the maintenance needs of your new home, helping you plan for future upkeep.

Documentation: A detailed inspection report can serve as a record of the home's condition at the time of purchase, which can be helpful for insurance purposes or if you decide to sell the home in the future.

Educational Opportunity:  The inspection offers an opportunity for you to learn more about your new home and its systems, allowing you to become a more informed homeowner.

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Your new construction home should be built to three standards:

  • The Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (PA UCC).

  • Manufacturer Specifications when applicable

  • Current accepted workmanship standards. 

New Construction Inspections can uncover issues that need your builder's attention before you move in.

What We Inspect During a New Home Construction Inspection

A new construction home inspection involves a comprehensive assessment of the home's structure, systems, and components The goal is to evaluate the condition of the property and identify any discrepancies between the home's construction and the building code, manufacturer specifications, and current accepted workmanship standards. Here are the typical areas that a new construction home inspection assesses:

Structural Components: This includes the foundation, walls, roof, and structural integrity of the home. The inspector checks for any signs of damage, settling, or structural issues.

 

Exterior: The inspection covers the exterior components, such as the installation of siding, windows, and doors.  We check for proper flashing at windows, and doors, and where dissimilar siding materials meet.  

 

Roofing: The inspector examines the roof for proper shingle installation. Flashing at roof and wall joints.  We check flashing and seals at roof penetrations like plumbing vents, flue pipes, and vent fans. Gutters are inspected for proper attachment and slope. 

Plumbing System: The plumbing system is inspected for leaks, water pressure, drainage, and the proper pipe and, fixture installation.

 

Electrical System: The inspection includes a review of the electrical wiring, outlets, switches, electrical meter, and the electrical panel.  GFCI's and AFCI's are checked. 

 

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems: The inspector evaluates the HVAC systems to ensure they are functioning properly, including checking the furnace, air conditioner, and ductwork.

 

Insulation and Ventilation: This involves assessing the insulation in the attic, as well as an infrared scan to check for insulation voids in the walls.  We check for proper ventilation in areas like the attic and crawl spaces.

Interior: The interior of the home is inspected for issues like water damage, mold, structural concerns, and overall maintenance. This includes walls, ceilings, floors, and stairs.

 

Appliances: Built-in appliances are checked for condition and functionality.

 

Attic and Crawl Spaces: These areas are examined for insulation, ventilation, and signs of leaks or pest infestations.

 

Fireplace and Chimney: If applicable, the fireplace and chimney are inspected for safety and functionality.

 

Basement or Crawlspace: The inspector assesses these areas for moisture, water intrusion, and structural issues.

 

Garage: The inspection may include the garage's structural integrity, fire separation, electrical components, and the garage door opener.

 

Exterior Grounds: The property's exterior grounds, such as the landscaping, drainage, and driveway.  

Deck and balconies: This involves checking the deck's attachment to the house, deck flashing, the structure of the deck, deck railings, and stairs. 

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A home inspection is a visual examination of the home's major structure, systems, and components that are visible and safely accessible. Buying a home is typically the biggest investment you will ever make, so it's important to get a home inspection because the inspector can find and document defects that may or may not be obvious to you as a prospective buyer.  Such defects can range from simple replacements or repairs to severe damage or safety and health concerns. 

Your inspector should be trained and qualified to recognize discrepancies between the home's construction and the current building code. manufacture specifications, and current workmanship and industry standards.

I have a background in residential construction. I am certified by the International Code Council in the following categories.

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ICC #5228682

  • Residential Building Inspector

  • Residential Plumbing Inspector

  • Residential Mechanical Inspector

  • Residential Electrical Inspector

  • Residential Energy Inspector/Plans Examiner

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