Any new home buyer should get a new construction or phase inspection, also known as a new home inspection. They should seek a reliable third-party opinion regarding their new home’s quality and installation practices during the construction process. Getting phase inspections during the construction of your new house is a smart move. It allows the builder and the client to get the home inspected by a professional home inspector. Even though the builders construct the houses in adherence to the building codes and laws set by the state, there are always chances of accidents. People always think about what could go wrong with a newly constructed home and neglect that accidents occur due to ignorance. Phase inspections rule out the issues during the construction process, making it much easier to solve the issues that come into the light. The home inspectors working with KeenEyeInspections carry out phase inspections in three phases:
- Pre-Slab Foundation Inspection
- Pre-Drywall Phase Inspection
- Final Inspection
All these phases carry different purposes and can be said to play a significant role in the home construction process. The home inspectors working with KeenEyeInspections understand the importance of these phases very well. They use high-end thermal imaging cameras and whatever means possible to make a detailed inspection report after every phase. The phase inspections offer a lot of benefits to the clients and often give fruitful results.
The benefits of 3 phase inspections are-
- Some defects can be fixed as soon as they get discovered during the same stage.
- If the plumbing accommodations are not made during the pre-slab foundation stage, then this problem can only be fixed during this stage before the slab is poured.
- We inspect the moisture barriers, sheathing, or flashing during the pre-drywall phase. You can deal with such issues before the installation of drywall. You might not be able to find these issues until after you have any leaks or moisture penetration. Once the drywall gets installed, you cannot correct these issues.
Builders tend to become more attentive and less likely to make errors when they know that a third party will scrutinize their work. A homeowner may discover issues after the builder’s warranty has expired if they are not fixed during the same phase. After that happens, the builder would not be liable to pay for his mistakes. Then the homeowner would be liable to pay for the said damage control.
If any construction-related issues are discovered after the end of construction, the homeowner will be responsible for addressing them. This amount is likely to be huge to fix the said issues.
The phase inspectors do a much more thorough inspection of your new home than the code inspectors that only ensure that you are not breaking any rules or regulations and not violating any codes.
If the other party hires a home inspector to inspect your house before you sell it, they will likely find problems that will affect the sale price or must be addressed before closing. Thus, a timely three-phase inspection, although seemingly a little expensive at the time, can save a large amount of money and is likely to be a financially smart decision.
Pre-Slab Foundation Inspection
Conducting a pre-slab foundation inspection can prove to be a very fruitful idea. During this phase, the home inspector looks for the pipework’s, the drainage system, and anything that lies under the slab of the foundation. The pre-slab foundation inspection ensures that the systems and components placed under the foundation slab are in the right order and working properly. Once the slab is poured, it would become very difficult for the builder and even you to rectify if you find a problem later on. The expenses to rectify those would place a heavy burden on your pocket as it would be heartbreaking to break the slab and rebuild it again. It is preferred to have a pre-slab foundation inspection conducted to prevent such tiresome and hectic situations.
Our home inspectors at KeenEyeInspections have been offering pre-slab home inspection services for more than 20 years. They have saved many builders and clients from falling victim to such accidents. They can say from experience that getting phase inspections for your newly constructed house can be the most important investment you will ever make. It may save you the trouble of going through the construction process all over again.
Pre-Drywall Phase Inspection
This inspection is supposed to take place before the installation of the drywall.
- Here, missing, warped, and damaged framing members are searched.
- All woodworks are inspected regardless of their quality, placement, notching, boring, and so forth.
- Visual check-up of the HVAC system and the ducts.
- Visual check-up of air handler condensation drain and overflow drain lines.
- Inspections are conducted on exterior walls, wall penetrations, windows, sealants, and other areas.
- Electrical system and lighting fixtures.
- Anchor bolts, fire blocking, and truss ties.
- Plumbing system and nail stop protection.
- Framing fasteners and connectors.
After the builder’s inspector has completed the inspection and the defects identified have been corrected, you can schedule the pre-drywall phase inspection. Now that you have critically examined the home, you can get those problems fixed.
Once the construction gets finished, the inspector can finally run the final phase of the inspection. The final phase of the inspection consists of the following activities:
- The inspector will check the house’s structure, including the foundation, roofing, walls, attic, doors, windows, ceilings, chimneys, decks, driveway, etc.
- The earthing, the circuits, and all the wireworks included in the electrical system are thoroughly checked.
- The inspector takes special care in inspecting the HVAC system.
- All the appliances and components of that house that are installed in the newly constructed house are checked.
- The inspectors check the water supply system, the plumbing system, the pipework’s, as well as the drainage system.
You can schedule the final inspection once the builder gives the green signal to you. Before you move into your newly constructed home, it is important to get a final phase inspection conducted by professionals of KeenEyeInspections. The final inspection is conducted as a part of a real estate transaction and is generally the most time-consuming of all the other stages of inspections.
Why Choose Us for Phase Inspection in Houston
KeenEyeInspections has been offering home inspection services for more than 20 years. Our inspectors are well experienced and certified by TREC and InterNACHI. They work in adherence to the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice set by InterNACHI. We are a trusted entity among our clients as well as our competitors. Our home inspectors are not only certified but also boast of decent industry experiences. Our inspection process includes various high-end and advanced technologies, such as thermal imaging cameras. The inspection reports provided by our home inspectors are detailed and installed with high-resolution pictures to give a clear understanding of the situation.
The phase inspection service we offer is high-quality and dyed in the hue of professionalism. Hire our professional phase inspection services today and make informed decisions with a peaceful mind.