New Construction Inspections in Midland & Odessa
The purpose of a new construction inspection is to ensure there were not any serious mistakes made in the construction of your home during the building process. This is important because it allows problems to be caught early before they become major, costly issues down the line. New construction does not mean perfect construction and builders, however trustworthy they may be, make mistakes and that is just the nature of the business. There are varying degrees of quality and competency from one subcontractor to another and even though everything may appear to be in good shape from the outside, it may not be. As an independent home inspector, I possess the ability and expertise to conduct an informed and professional inspection of your new property and also protect your best interest in the process.
Book a New Construction Inspection
We will conduct a thorough inspection and give you list of issues to submit to your builder for repairs. You will also get a full report (see sample reports) with photos! We recommend a pre-drywall & final inspection, as well as an 11 month warranty inspection. Remember, the mistakes we find will be listed to the builder so that they can pay for the mistakes instead of you later down the road!
Common Problems With New Construction
3rd party inspections ensure that everything in the house is running properly and is installed up to manufacturer specs. Even if the house has been inspected by the city, there could still be problems. As work gets subcontracted out, coordination becomes difficult and construction defects become much more likely and common. Municipal inspectors check for code compliance, but they do not have time to inspect everything in and about the house since they have to inspect every new residential and commercial property at any given time. This leads to many defects going unnoticed and potentially becoming major problems down the line. Hiring a third party inspector allows your home to be evaluated beyond minimal construction standards so that you can be sure your investment is worth what you’re paying and you don’t have any unwanted surprises.
Common builder mistakes:
- window leaks
- reversed cold and hot faucets
- missing insulation, incomplete tiling or caulking
- overlooked painting
- reversed polarity in electrical outlets
- meter bases are not secured well to the house
- light fixtures that have not been installed yet
- exposed nail heads on ridge vents and other roof penetrations
- loose toilets
New Construction Defects
11-Month Warranty Inspection
Many builders typically offer a one year warranty to guarantee their work. This is why we recommend getting an inspection after 11 months of living in a home to check for any problems that may be covered under the warranty. If there are problems, then the builder becomes responsible for paying for and repairing any defects that the warranty covers. It is not feasible for the builder to oversee every part of the building process being that there are so many contemporaneous, moving parts involved in constructing a new home. This is why it is not uncommon to find issues in a new home especially after living in it for some time. Minor defects and problems start to get noticed here and there and they can be listed and submitted to the builder for repair. Getting a warranty inspection allows you to document these flaws before the warranty expires. It is not a shortened, quick inspection, but it is a full inspection from the roof to the foundation of the building and it comes with a full report. After you have received your written report, you will have the documentation necessary to start communicating with your builder to get them to make the repairs. It is possible, however, that the builder will not fix an issue with the home as long as it does not violate any codes, but there are a lot of issues that they will fix and having documentation of these problems helps your case to get them addressed before the warranty expires.