New Construction Inspections
Some people feel that new construction does not need to be inspected because the local building inspector checks the house or building before issuing the Certificate of Occupancy. Others feel that a new condo unit does not require an inspection. In reality, new construction needs an inspection just as existing construction needs an inspection.
Before construction is started, an application is filed at the local building department and a building is issued. Periodic inspections are performed by the local building inspector. The inspector is checking for compliance with applicable building codes and zoning codes, whether the building is built according to the plans that were filed at the building department, and whether the building is constructed in a manner that is acceptable to the municipality.
The local building inspector is not checking many of the things that a Professional property inspector examine. In fact, there is little overlap between what we investigate and what the local building inspector checks. After the inspection, our inspection report helps you understand the condition of the building.
Common Problems Found In New Construction
All problems found by our Inspector should be added to the punch list you provide to the builder.
The following defects were uncovered during a recent pre-purchase inspection of a newly constructed house. These are all problems that should be corrected before moving into the house.
Many of these potential problems are beyond the scope of the local building inspector's inspection. This includes obvious minor problems such as a kitchen cabinet door that does not latch properly. Some problems may be detected by careful purchasers. Having a pre-purchase inspection performed by a Professional Inspector maximizes your chances of finding the problems before you move in. You can use the information provided by the Inspector to help create a punch list you can provide to the builder