Should New Construction be Inspected?

There are three main types of home inspections to think about if you’re buying a newly built home . I’ll shed some light on each form of home inspection because they are all influenced by scheduling.

Pre-Drywall Inspection

Early on in the process of buying a newly built home, you can have the luxury of receiving a Pre-Drywall Inspection. As the name suggests, this examination is performed prior to hanging the drywall in a home. Although it’s more than simply framing, some people refer to this as a framing inspection.

Home inspectors have the choice of complying to a set of pre-drywall inspection standards, which specify in detail what is covered. Ideally, these inspections should take place following the installation of the following parts:

  • Foundation
  • Floor, wall, and roof structural components
  • Plumbing, electrical, and rough-in components
  • Windows and exterior doors

This, however, is not a set rule. Pre-drywall examinations typically take up to an hour on site, however a complete home inspection will take several hours. In contrast to standard home inspections, we frequently invest some time in research following the examination as well. We regularly observe them doing new construction inspections because new goods and building techniques are always entering the market.

We examine the outer envelope, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems in addition to the framing. Defects can frequently be found during a pre-drywall examination that cannot possibly be found after the drywall has been placed. Additionally, there is little to no interruption for the home buyer and the cost to correct flaws discovered during pre-drywall inspections is typically far lower than what it would be if the home were finished.

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Before the Closing – Full Home Inspection

We perform many of our inspections on fully constructed homes that are new construction. With the possible exception of some final cleaning, the house ought to be prepared for moving in at this point. This is the inspection to get if you’re only going to get one kind on a new constructed home.

It is much better to do any necessary repairs now rather than later, and there typically is a list. It’s more convenient to work in an empty house because having repairs done when a home is occupied is inconvenient to everyone who lives there. Additionally, some builders appear to be a lot more accommodating prior to the sale and much less so following the new owners’ move-in.

After the Closing – One Year Inspection

The next best time to get a home inspection if you didn’t get one before the closing is before your builder’s one-year warranty expires. Although the homeowners are intimately familiar with the home, this kind of assessment is identical to a thorough home inspection. They are aware of the clothes dryer’s prolonged drying times, the room’s persistently chilly winter temperatures, and the window’s continuous draftiness.

We always begin our inspections with a tour around the residence, generally with the help of the residents. We inspect the house in response to their concerns and inquiries, after which we tour the property with our clients to discuss our findings. The majority of builders are highly open to our findings, and the homeowners frequently share our data with their builders.


Always have a pre-drywall examination and a complete home inspection before the closing, if the timing works. Go for the 11-month warranty inspection if the sale of the house has already been completed. There is never any regret.