Most Common Construction Phases Inspected
The home inspection is not necessarily a one-time operation. Especially in the case of new constructions, where inspection may be needed in phases . What are the major phases of construction that need inspection at their completion?
The most common construction phases inspected would be-
- Pre-Slab Foundation phase inspection
- Pre-drywall Phase Inspection
- Final Inspection phase inspection
All the phases of three phase inspection are carried out with satisfaction by the Keen Eye Inspections, in Houston. We are a trusted partner contacted in the case of need of phase inspection in Houston. Be it, Pre-slab Foundation inspection or pre-drywall phase inspection or even final inspection, all are carried out by the experts in the industry that are certified for the job by the organisation such as InterNACHI.
Different phases of construction require keen inspection to guarantee that every phase is completed with minimum mistakes and shortcomings. Also, in case some mistakes do happen, they can be corrected timely and with minimum price.
Phased inspection lets the inspectors find out the shortcomings or mistakes that may exist in a newly constructed property and will be impossible to find and fix once the construction is complete. These would be the problems of foundation, plumbing inside the walls, insulation and electrical wiring etc.
Benefits of 3 phase inspections are-
- There are defects that must be fixed as soon as they are discovered during the same stage.
- a) Such as during the pre-slab foundation stage, if it is discovered that the expected accommodations for plumbing are not made, this problem can only be fixed during this stage before the slab is poured.
- b) During the pre drywall phase inspection if it is discovered that there is an issue with the inadequate moisture barriers, or sheathing or flashing etc. Such issues can be dealt with before the drywall is installed. If the drywall is installed before the correction of said issues, then we might be able to discover them only after you have any leaks or moisture penetration.
- The builder of the house, when they become aware of the fact that a third party would be lingering around critically examining the job done by them, they tend to become more attentive and are likely to make less and less mistakes.
- If the issues with the home construction are not corrected during the same phase then their discovery is possible long after the builder guarantee expires. After that happens, the builder would not be liable to pay for the mistakes that were his. Then the homeowner would be liable to pay for the said damage control.
- After the construction is done with, the discovery of any construction related issues will have to be dealt with by the homeowner alone. but also this amount is likely to be huge to fix the said issues. And additionally will be compromising with the already secure structure and likely not be aesthetically pleasing.
- The phase inspectors do a much more thorough inspection of your new home than the code inspectors that only ensure that you are not breaking any rules or regulations and not violating any codes.
- When you get ready to sell your house, the home inspector hired by the other party might discover some issues with the home, and then would likely be negotiating the price of the said property based on that or you would likely have to get that fixed before making the said sale. Thus, a timely three phase inspection, although seemingly a little expensive at the time, can save a large amount of money and is likely to be a financially smart decision.
Pre-Slab Foundation Inspection
A new construction requires the inspection at different stages. The tone for this job is set right at the pre-slab foundation stage. Before the foundation of the home is set, at the slab stage, the inspection is conducted to check if the foundation is set properly according to set specifications, if the proper dimensions were followed. The installed drainage locations are inspected to check if they are in accordance with the rules and are installed correctly. Plus, the inspectors are also on a look out for any cracks etc. and also checks the workmanship quality. Also, the material used in the construction till then is thoroughly checked for any issues and should be of good quality.
Pre-slab foundation inspection should be scheduled ideally 2-3 days before pouring the slab. This is the perfect time for this inspection, as if something is amiss it can be fixed before the slab is poured.
Pre Drywall Phase Inspection
This inspection is supposed to take place before the installation of the drywall.
- Here, the damaged, warped or missing framing members are looked for.
- The whole wooden works including its grades, placement, notching, boring etc. are inspected.
- Visual check up of the HVAc system and the ducts.
- Visual check up of air handler condensation drain and overflow drain lines.
- Exterior walls, wall penetrations, windows and sealants etc. are inspected.
- Electrical system and lighting fixtures.
- Anchor bolts, fire blocking and truss ties.
- Plumbing system and the nail stop protection.
- Framing fasteners and connectors
The pre-drywall phase inspection should be scheduled after the builder’s inspector has done the inspection and the defects they identified have been fixed. Now, you can critically examine the home and get any defects that still remain fixed.
The final inspection is done after the construction is completed. Here –
- The structure of the house including the foundation, roofing, walls, attic, doors, windows, ceilings, chimneys, decks, driveway etc. is checked.
- The electrical system is properly inspected including the earthing, circuits and outlets and switches.
- the HVAc system and their ducts are inspected
- The built-in appliances need to be checked.
- The water supply systems and the drainage system needs to be inspected.
The final inspection should ideally be scheduled before your walk through with the builder. This final inspection is conducted as a part of real estate transaction and is generally the most time consuming of all the other stage inspections.
Why Choose Us for Phase Inspection in Houston
The Keen Eye Home Inspections can be chosen for phase inspection in Houston because of following reasons-
- We are a trusted entity among our clients as well as competitors.
- We have proper certified home inspectors from organisations such as Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and InterNACHI. We try not only meeting the TREC requirements but also exceeding them.
- The home inspectors are not only certified but also boast of decent industry experience. Majority of them are former engineers and construction professionals with several years of hands-on experience.
- We offer our services in all the situations you are in regarding your property. Whether you are planning to buy a home, or sell a home or even trying to rehabilitate your home, we offer our services to make your life easier.
- We not only inspect the general checklist of things that are expected to be checked but try to go above and beyond by offering you expert advice that is likely to save a lot of time or money or maybe even both.
- We do the inspections using the latest technology available to get to you the best results possible.
- We encourage our clients to walk with us during the inspection to be able to solve any queries in real time . This improves their inspection experience and gives them due satisfaction.
- We provide both types of reports for the client consumption, the verbal as well as written.
- The reports to our inspection include the findings of the inspector, likely causes for the same, as well our tips and recommendations for the same and for future routine maintenance.