Although all home inspectors will check a newly constructed home for its first owner, not every inspector offers to check a house at key phases of a its construction. That’s because it requires additional knowledge about how the parts of a home hidden in the wall or under the concrete slab should look when done correctly. These areas are not visible during a regular home inspection. Plus, extensive knowledge of building codes and ability to read plans is required, which is not as necessary when inspecting an exisitng home.
Some progess inspections must also be done within a short window of time, such as after the floor slab has been formed, reinforcing placed, and inspected by the local building inspector, but before the concrete truck arrives and covers it all up. This can be a single day, or even just a few hours. Not all home inspectors have a schedule that is flexible enough.
The typical phases that would be inspected are foundation, framing (before drywall, also called “dry-in"), and final, although sometimes additional intermediate site visits are necessary.
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Here’s links to some of our other blog posts about HOME INSPECTION:
• The home inspector says I have construction defects. How did my home pass inspection by the building department?
• Does the seller have to make a repair requested by the homebuyer, even if the home inspector did not call it out as a defect?
• The one home inspection question we get asked most often: "Will that be in the report?"
• Does a homebuyer need to ask the seller's permission to do additional inspections after the initial one?
• Do home inspectors inspect barns and other agricultural buildings on a farm?
• What is the difference between a structural defect and a cosmetic defect?
• Can a Florida licensed contractor do home inspections without having a home inspector license?
• Do home inspectors inspect outbuildings?
• Does a home inspector give cost estimates for repairs?
• The seller gave me a report from a previous home inspection. Should I use it or get my own inspector?
• Who should pay for the home inspection?
• Do I need a home inspection to get insurance?
• I can't find a local home inspector. What should I do?
• Do home inspectors test the appliances?
• Should I trust the Seller's Property Disclosure Statement?
• What makes a house fail the home inspection?
• Can a home inspector do repairs to a house after doing the inspection?
• What are the requirements for a room to be classified as a bedroom?
• Do home inspectors lift up the carpet to look for cracks in the floor?
• What can I learn from talking with the seller?
• What is the difference between a home inspection and a final walkthrough inspection?
• Do home inspectors go on the roof? Do they get in the attic?
• What are the questions a home inspector won't (or shouldn't) answer?
• Should a home inspection scare you?
• What questions should I ask the home inspector during the inspection?
• What should I bring to the home inspection?
• Does my home inspection report give me everything I need to evaluate the price of a house?
• How can I check to be sure a home inspector is licensed?
• Should I hire an engineer to inspect the house?
• How can I find out if all the home improvements had a building permit?
• Does a home inspector make sure the house is up to code?
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