Phased home inspections are different from all other types of home inspections. In other home inspections, the inspector is looking for defects in the house. These are not code inspections. Remember, there are many types of codes covering the foundation, framing, roof covering, roof structure, electrical service and wiring, water supply and distribution, heating and cooling.
Because Phased Home Inspections are performed during the construction of a new house, the inspector looks for defects. Phased Inspection vs. a typical new home inspection performed after construction is completed or a warranty inspection performed prior to the builder’s warranty expiration date.
Phased Home Inspections typically occur three times during the new home construction process
Phase 1. Foundation Inspection; Pre-pour inspection and after the foundation has been poured to ensure the foundation was poured or constructed according to engineering specifications.
Phase 2. Framing and Mechanical Inspection - Once the rough-in electrical, plumbing, heating & air conditioning equipment are in place and the interior, exterior framed walls are complete, the roof sheathing and roofing material are in place, the structure is basically secure from water intrusion.
The second Phased Home Inspection is a framing inspection that occurs after the walls and roof structures have been erected. The roof covering should have been installed. Electrical and plumbing rough-ins should be completed. The frame is the skeletal structure of the house. A poorly constructed frame will result in life-long issues with the house.
Phase 3. Final Inspection (includes a 'punch' list)
The final inspection is performed after construction is complete, but before the buyer has met with the builder to develop a punch list of items to correct. This inspection is very similar to a typical house inspection. The Phased Home Inspector will perform a final inspection on foundation, grading, roof covering, roof and attic structure, walls, ceilings, floors, doors, windows, and fireplaces. He will inspect the electrical and plumbing systems. An inspection of Heating and Air Conditioning (HVAC) will be conducted. Appliances such as garbage disposals, dishwashers, ovens, stove tops, range hoods will be inspected. Even garage doors will be inspected for proper operation.
A detailed new home construction phase report is then completed at each phase inspection. The report will include digital pictures of defects found and black & white illustrations of proper installation.
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