New home inspections
- Understanding your new home
Alpha Check Inspections offers the full range of construction inspections for your new home.
We recommend at least TWO inspections to review the home at specific intervals or phases during construction to insure that the work is performed in an appropriate, workmanlike manner. Inspections should be performed after rough framing, plumbing and electrical “rough-in” are completed (before installation of insulation and wallboard), and after final completion of home (Move-in condition a few days before settlement).
We also perform inspections for homeowners before their 1 year home warranty runs out.
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– Framing Inspection
– Walk-Thru Inspection
– Warranty Inspection
"Why does a newly constructed home need an inspection?
I always thought a new construction is perfect and safe!"
Even builders with the best reputation subcontract the majority of tasks (foundation, framing, plumbing, electrical, etc.) out to the lowest bidder, with speed, not quality being an important consideration. With many separate activities going on at the same time, it's nearly impossible for the builder to personally monitor all phases of the home construction.
The general assumption that the builder and contractors are overseen by state or local government officials and that the local town or city building inspector checks the house out, is only partially true. Besides code violations, there could be problems with the home that have serious consequences for the new home owner. Ask any ASHI® home inspector about the deficiencies and safety issues discovered in newly constructed homes!
Be aware that some builders have prevented ASHI® home inspectors from inspecting newly built houses. If you are in the process of buying a new home and the builder does not allow you to bring your own home inspector on site, this poses a couple of questions; "Why won't the builder allow the home inspector on site?" What does the builder have to hide? At this point you should be thinking hard about proceeding with the purchase and you should also be consulting with your attorney.
If a home buyer has missed the opportunity to have an inspection during the construction phase and final walk through, there may be time to come in afterwards. Most new builders offer a warranty period for the new homeowner, however, there are usually many items not covered by the warranty as well as limitations on those that are.
The inspector will walk through the home, observing, evaluating and discussing all visible components. At this time the inspector will be observing the “skeleton” of the building and will be looking for anomalies that are present. Anomalies include improper or incomplete installation of the framing components and mechanical “rough-in”. This inspection is critical because everything viewed during this inspection will be enclosed and concealed behind drywall and insulation.
During this inspection, the inspector is performing a more typical home inspection as required by the ASHI® Standards of Practice. However, this inspection is more intense and more than a sampling of components are inspected. For example, every window and door is opened and closed and checked for proper operation and fit. Every cabinet door is opened and checked and workmanship issues throughout the building are very closely scrutinized. The client is buying new and expects everything to be perfect. Though this is not a “code inspection” the building code is often referenced as justification for identifying a particular defect.
All of Alpha Check's inspections are performed in accordance with the
Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics of the American Society of Home
Inspectors. ASHI's Standards of Practice are the most widely accepted home inspection
guidelines in use today.