New Construction Home Inspections
Congratulations on building a new construction home! We understand this is an exciting step in your homeownership journey. At Selman Home Inspections, we want your new construction home to be everything it should be.
It is a smart decision to have your new construction home professionally inspected. While most builders do a great job, sometimes builders and their contractors miss details and current standards. There are many sub-contractors involved in building a new house. With so many overlapping contractors, sometimes details are missed. This is were an unbiased Dallas Home Inspections Professional can help. As we inspect new construction houses, we are comparing the components and systems to current building standards and test driving everything. Our new construction home inspections will identify defects that should be addressed prior to closing.
Benefits Of New Construction Home Inspections
At Selman Home Inspections, we want your new home to be all it should be. Our New Construction Home Inspection protects you and your family. Our mission is to educate homebuyers about the condition of houses so they can make informed decisions. For new construction houses, be sure to read our article “Don’t Pay For Your Builders Mistakes!“.
Most reputable builders welcome new construction home inspection reports. If your builder discourages an unbiased third-party report, we encourage you to find a more reputable builder. A thorough inspection presents the opportunity of discovering construction errors that can then be rectified before they become full-blown problems. There are many benefits to having a new construction house professionally inspected. Avoiding unwanted expenses is number 1.
Like most anything, without a well-constructed foundation, the overall performance and longevity of a home are at risk. Foundations are inspected for defects in performance and installation. Common flaws include corner-pops, improperly sealed post-tension cable ends and improper grading or backfill to support the foundation.
Grading & Drainage
Proper management of run-off water is very important to the longevity of a home. After all, who wants to deal with water damage? Water problems and improper drainage problems can lead to failure of the house foundation. Professional home inspectors inspect homes for proper grading and drainage. This goes a long way towards safeguarding the integrity of the foundation.
It has been established that the process of constructing a roof usually requires the assembly of approximately 500 components and therefore, a lot of mistakes are bound to happen during the construction process. It is for this reason that inspectors usually pay more attention to the installation and construction standards and inspect the roof covering thoroughly. Common flaws normally witnessed with roof installation are impact damages, improper installation and exposed fasteners. Roof covering materials that don’t properly seal can lead to massive leakages if not addressed early. A poorly installed roof covering is another source of major water damage.
The attic is one of those places in a home that most people would rather avoid. But a Professional Home Inspector has no problem evaluating the roof structure and attic, insulation, electrical and appliances that may be installed there. Proper attic ventilation is also important. There should be good airflow through the attic to remove unwanted moisture and improve the attic efficiency.
Exterior walls usually look great from a distance, however, close-up inspection of the structure reveals the extent of the installation errors in the building. If left unchecked, exterior wall cladding defects can become very expensive to repair. Inadequate nailing and haphazard attachment of the fiber-cement board and poor brick or rock mortar installation should be corrected to prevent water damage and unwanted wildlife entry. The building envelope should protect the interior structure and homeowners. Massive water or air leaks cause damage and reduce efficiency. Having a new construction home inspection will certainly solve this issue from the onset.
The comprehensive inspection may detect shower leaks or bathtub leaks using infrared cameras or moisture meters long before they appear. The plumbing inspection also tests the static water pressure to ensure adequate water flow to the home and the fixtures. The water supply fixtures are inspected to be sure they perform as intended, don’t leak and were properly installed. Also included in the plumbing inspection are water heaters and the waste drain plumbing.
Professional home inspectors will inspect the electrical systems of a home including the main service panel, electric service entrance, meter, and the branch circuits and connected devices. The electrical systems are evaluated for proper installation, safety devices, and over-current protection. Defects in installation and failures to follow electrical building standards can be hazardous and should be corrected by the builder.
The appliance inspection includes air conditioning equipment, water heaters, food waste disposers, dishwashers, microwave ovens, cooktops, ovens and more. These appliances are inspected for performance, proper installation, and safety. The inspector “test drives” these appliances to make sure they perform as intended before you move in.
During the interior inspection, our inspectors are checking for indications of structural defects, defects in door and window operation, and inspecting the ceilings including fans, lights, and vents.
If your new home has a fireplace, our inspectors will check for proper spacing from flammable materials at the fireplace opening and check for proper installation through the attic. There are also requirements for fireplace safety that include flu installation, back panels, ignitors, screens, dampers, damper blocks, hearth dimensions, mantle clearance and more.
A New Construction Home Inspection is the best way to compare a home to the most current building and safety standards. Prospective homeowners and builders should seek the services of Selman Home Inspections to perform comprehensive evaluations on new construction houses prior to closing.
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