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Pre-Drywall Inspections

Pre-Drywall Inspections: Your home should be built to three standards; the Pennsylvania Uniform Construction Code (UCC), manufacture specifications when applicable, and current workmanship and industry standards.

A house in pre-drywall stage.

Your Inspector Should be Trained and Certified in the Residential building Code

A qualified inspector who works for you can provide a trained set of eyes to check for problems, mistakes, and miscues before they get covered up and it's too late. A pre-drywall inspection by a qualified inspector can add another layer of quality control.

I recommend you ask your builder to have a pre-drywall inspection by a qualified inspector. A reputable builder should have no problems allowing you to have your own inspection, in fact, many welcome it. I have worked with many builders over the years helping them raise the quality of the homes they build.

Homes are built by humans and humans make mistakes. Homes are built by many different contractors, roofers, plumbers, electricians, HVAC installers, framers, and drywall installers. It's possible one of them could have had an off day, just make sure you don't end up paying for it later.

A Pre-Drywall inspection is a technical inspection that should be performed by a trained professional 

A Pre-Drywall inspection should be done when the construction of the home has progressed to the following point: 

  • The roofing shingles should be installed.

  • The windows and doors should be installed and flashed to the water-resistant barrier (house wrap). The exterior cladding (siding) should not be installed. 

  • All the interior framing should be complete.

  • The rough-in electrical wiring should be complete (cables run and junction boxes installed).

  • The rough-in plumbing should be complete (both water supply tubing and waste lines).

  • The fire sprinklers system if there will be one should be roughed in.

  • The HVAC ductwork should be installed and sealed. The gas piping should be installed. Bath fan vents, kitchen vent, and dryer vent should be installed. 

  • If there will be any fireplaces they should be set in place and their vents installed.

  • The insulation should not be installed. 

 

Along with these items, the foundation and structural framing will be inspected. 

 

If you are having a new home built call to schedule a pre-drywall inspection

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 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

I am a Code Certified Master Inspector by the Master Inspector Certification Board

I am a Certified Pre-Drywall Inspector by the Internation Association of Certified Home Inspectors

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