An inspection on new construction is useful for finding issues with the home and preventing costly repairs down the road. Though it may seem unlikely, even some newly built homes have flaws. Order an inspection to identify problems and safety concerns before you move in.

What is a Home Inspection?

During a home inspection, a third party evaluates the structure, systems, and key features of the property. Inspectors will make an assessment and give you a report detailing the findings. When your home is new construction, you can use this information to request that the builder make repairs.

A new construction inspection offers peace of mind that your home is safe and free from hazards. The house will be ready for your family and won’t need major repairs before you move in or immediately after.

Issues in New Homes

Despite being newly constructed, many new homes have hidden problems. A home inspector may find structural defects such as foundation cracks, poor framing, and faulty grading. These issues may not be noticeable to you as the buyer, but a professional inspector knows what to look for and will detail any problems and concerns in the report.

If left as-is, poor grading will lead to issues with drainage and water damage. An improperly installed electrical system is a fire hazard. Other problems include reversed hot and cold faucets, use of defective materials, poor plumbing, and leaks.

Frequently, inspectors find unfinished projects. Without an inspection, you may be responsible for adding missing insulation, handrails, or completing partially installed fixtures.

Phase Inspection on New Construction

Some home inspectors offer phase inspections. This means they will visit the build site and examine the house in different stages of construction. A phase inspection can catch problems as the house is being built, allowing the builder to make repairs before the next phase of construction. Talk to your home inspector about what phase inspections they recommend.

Foundation Inspection

An inspection of the foundation takes place just before it is poured. This is to verify that the site has been excavated and graded correctly and that anchors and footings are spaced appropriately. A good foundation is necessary for a stable, long-lasting home.

Inspection During the Framing of New Construction

An inspection of the framing happens before the walls and sheetrock are up. During this phase, the inspector will check that beams, posts, studs, and other components are installed properly. The wiring and plumbing may also be inspected. If problems with the new construction are found, the builder can make repairs before the sheetrock is put into place.

A Final Inspection of New Construction

The third inspection is usually the final inspection and is similar to a buyer’s inspection on a resale property. This inspection is an assessment of the entire house that checks the condition of accessible major components and features.

When building a new home, don’t forego the inspection. Having an unbiased third party examine the property will give you peace of mind that your home is move-in ready.

Lund Home Inspections offers inspection services to customers in the Oklahoma City area. If you’re buying a home, contact us to request an appointment.