New Build Phase Inspections
Often referred to as "construction phase inspections," this is the process of inspecting a home from the very beginning. Only recently in the state of Texas were builders required to be licensed. For many years anyone who stated that they are a home builder could be one. When you are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on your dream home, don't you want someone to be there on your side reporting to you?
During new build phase inspections, we at Morrow Inspection Services make it our duty to find oversights and quality control issues during the building of your home. As with many problems, there are usually solutions. In home building these solutions are usually much simpler during early stages of construction. Construction superintendants and project managers are very busy people overseeing many jobsites. At jobsites you have many different trades working in all aspects of construction. Without proper management many of these trade laborers basically become self managed, leading to all sorts of issues related to proper construction of a home.
One question we commonly receive is, "Why do I need to hire my own inspector when my builder has their own independent quality control inspectors?" In a simple answer, the builder's independent inspector is just that, the builder's inspector. They work for and are paid by the builder. They only inspect up to the level the builder requires. Many so-called independent builder's inspectors have many locations to visit everyday, leaving them little time for thorough inspections of every property. In contrast, we work for you. Our schedule is arranged to best serve you, the client, and what is in your investment's best interest.
New build phase inspections are typically done in three different phases of construction. Foundation/pre pour, frame out/pre wall coverings, and final pre closing. These inspections require scheduling between you, your builder, and the inspector. Builders move fast and we make it our priority to exceed your inspection needs.
Foundation/Pre Pour Inspections
Performed before the concrete is poured this is the last chance to inspect the foundation depths, plumbing penetrations, foundation reinforcements, proper vapor barrier, and foundation framework.
Frame Out/Pre Wall Coverings Inspections
Performed before wall coverings can turn trouble into hidden trouble. This phase of the inspection focuses on structural, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. This is a vital phase in the construction of your home. Mechanical contractors are know to alter or even remove major structural systems during the construction of homes. After the wall coverings go on these problems become concealed and will rarely be detected in the final inspection. This potentially leaves you with a major problem that may not show up for years to come, but could have been easily fixed during construction. Also, problems found in this phase generally fall on the builder to pay to correct, not you.
Final/Pre Closing Inspection
The last step in new build phase inspections is a fully TREC compliant inspection of your home. This should be done after all trades have finished their work inside your home and all appliances are installed. At this point we know your home and can provide you with a detailed final inspection report. With this final phase inspection you will have confidence in your investment before you go to the closing table and sign the bottom line.
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