New Construction Inspections
Over 85 Years of Combined Experience
If you’re buying a home under construction or new construction, it’s wise to hire a 3rd party inspector. Many think a new home will be flawless and somewhat perfect. It can be eye-opening when an inspector finds multiple pages of issues or major defects in a brand new home, such as missing insulation, derailed plumbing, haywire electrical or foundation issues. You can count on Arizona Property Inspections to make sure your home inspection is code compliant from the beginning with our new construction inspections.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, more than 3,000 components are used in the construction of a house. That is a lot of parts and that number does not even include the fine detail of how critical components (such as screws, nails, adhesives, and sealants) are selected and installed. Roughly 20 different subcontractors install these 3,000 components and each subcontractor may also employ as many as 4 to 5 additional employees to work on the house. Upon completion, it’s likely that over 100 different tradesmen were involved in the complex process of building the house, which includes roofing, framing, painting, drywall, electrical, flooring, appliances, insulation, etc…
AZ Property Inspections home inspectors have conducted thousands of new construction inspections and we are equipped with the knowledge and expertise to help guide new construction homebuyers with the building inspection information they need to discuss with their builders to make their home safe and sound.
We provide and recommend two inspections
Pre Dry Wall Inspection
This is the first time we look over the home before the walls are enclosed with drywall and when we inspect the framing and systems installation. Key components such as site and grading, structure, foundation, framing, roof, plumbing, HVAC and electrical are included in this new construction inspection. This inspection happens after the entire frame has been built, the roof is on and the windows are installed, but before the sheetrock has been put into place. At this stage, we are checking things like the wiring, plumbing, window flashing, and other elements that are generally hidden behind the walls. If any problems crop up, the builder can repair them after the inspection and before going further with the project.
Final Walk Thru Inspection
This final inspection is conducted right before the new, happy homeowners are to do their final walk thru. All appliances and components are in the home and it is “Move In Ready,” per the builder. Homebuyers can add any issues we find to their final punch list and request that their builder complete them all prior to handing over the keys and moving in. Our home inspectors are trained to notice details that escape the unpracticed eye. At this stage, our inspectors are reviewing items such as roof, chimney, gutters, doors, windows, exterior items, garage, foundation, basements, and crawl spaces, HVAC systems (including the thermostat), plumbing, electrical, attic insulation, ventilation and appliances.
Both of these new construction inspections typically cost between $325 and $400 each. It’s money well spent if there are unsafe issues lurking in the attic, roof or anywhere a new homeowner can not see.
We offer new construction inspections in Phoenix, Tucson and Northern Arizona.