5 Essential Elements of a New Construction Inspection

Just because it’s a new build, doesn’t mean it’s perfect.

We make mistakes. We’re only human. This is why you want to get your new construction inspection by a professional to make sure it’s built to code and it’s exactly the way you envisioned.

You’re paying for it, right?

Do You Need a New Construction Inspection?

Yes! You don’t want to be stuck paying the bill down the road to fix the damage that could have been caught by a home inspector.

New homes can have flaws, too.

You are essentially giving this new construction a test ride. You are the first one to figure out any little kinks in the system.

There are a number of things that can go wrong when building a home. The foundation could be cracked, improperly installed electrical wiring or leaking around windows. You want these dealt with before closing.

Here is a list of five essential elements of a new construction inspection:

1. Structure and Foundation

Problems with the structure or foundation are no joke. Homeowners usually pay thousands of dollars to fix foundation issues.

The structure and foundation are the bones of the house and any problems can cripple the integrity of the home.

A professional inspector can make sure there’s adequate waterproofing (enemy number one for foundations), no cracking or movement, the wood framing is even and complete and the roof is properly installed.

2. HVAC and Ductwork

Your HVAC unit is an essential part of your central Florida home and you want it running as efficiently as possible to keep your home cool. This is also an expensive unit to fix if any problem should arise.

Common problems include leaks in the ductwork, loose connections, problems with the thermostat and inefficient airflow.

3. Insulation

Insulation controls the flow of heat. You’ll see an increase in energy bills without proper insulation.

Our inspectors will make sure there’s adequate insulation throughout your new home during the construction process.

4. Doors and Windows

Doors and windows are areas where moisture could potentially enter the home causing problems such as mold growth and structural water damage. A new construction inspection will check for gaps around openings and proper water-resistance.

5. Plumbing and Electrical

These two systems should be thoroughly checked because even a small crack in a pipe or improperly wired outlets might be difficult to detect at first but will quickly cause complications.

Plumbing: Our inspectors will check the water meter, water heater, service line, and service entrance. Pipes will be checked for leaks or corrosion and valves and faucets will be inspected to see if they are functioning properly.

Electrical: An electrical problem can be a potential safety hazard which is why you want to have it thoroughly checked by a professional. Inspectors will make sure your new construction has an electrical system large enough to accommodate the property, that there are proper wiring and correct switches and outlets installed throughout your new home.

Hire a Professional Inspector

Central Florida Building Inspectors are available to answer any questions about your new construction inspection. Don’t hesitate to contact us and schedule an appointment.

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