New Leaf Home Inspections recommends 3 comprehensive inspections during your new home construction process:
Pre-Dry Wall Inspection
New Construction Inspection
11-Month Warranty Inspection
Why do I need a pre-dry wall inspection?
When building a home, this is the time to find problems while they are easy to correct. When the house is fully built, often you are only seeing the symptoms of a problem, not the cause of the problem.
The house is new, do I really need an inspection?
A brand-new home doesn't necessarily mean well built. Houses are built by people and mistakes can happen. When you buy a new construction home without an inspection, you're placing yourself at the mercy of the people who built it. An inspection allows you to catch these issues early, before they become major problems down the road.
Common mistakes found on a new construction home:
Structural defects, like foundation cracks, improper grading, and poor framing
Drainage and grading issues, which could cause water and structural damage later on
HVAC issues, including malfunctioning thermostats and loose connections
Electrical problems, such as improperly wired outlets, open grounds, and missing switch plates
Plumbing issues, including reversed hot/cold in faucets, improper piping, leaks, and more
What is an 11-month warranty inspection?
Most new home builders include a one-year warranty with the purchase of their houses. A homeowner may want to have a professional inspection done on their home before the builder’s warranty expires. The homeowner can then pass the report on to their builder’s warranty department for adjustments, repairs or replacements of home components.