Real Estate Inspections
Inspections During Construction
I am buying a new home, do you think I need an inspection?
I have my new home inspected?
Are some builders better than others?
Do builders have inspectors thru the homebuilding process?
As a former homebuilder of 20 years, I ended by homebuilding
career as a Vice President of Houston Operations for a major
builder. From that vantage point my opinion was more objective
than when I was in the field
truth is that one can get a good or a bad home from
any homebuilder in town. Homes are brick and stick and
just put together in different ways. The
real determiner of quality construction is the concern
level of the superintendent on the jobsite. The one
that is actually supervising the construction.
or she must have the knowledge and then be concerned
enough to manage materials and labor, then have enough
experience to check "punch-out" the work,
confirm that the contractor has corrected the issues,
then go back and check to determine that it was "fixed"
often said that if I were to have a home built, I would interview
the superintendent, not the company.
quality of construction falls to the superintendent
on the site.
do have inspectors who come approximately three times
during the building process. If you will check the home
page, you will see that MLC Real Estate Inspections
performs these inspections also. These inspections are
performed to satisfy the requirements of the 10-year
1. the builder picks the inspector
2. the builder pays the inspector
3. so the inspections are not "third party"
4. the normal fee for a warranty inspection is about $60.
5. that is very small for time and travel and indicates the
time spent on these inspections
6. a stage inspection by MLC costs more and more time is spent
on the site - with you!
7. the warranty inspection is more cursory as you might imagine
fact is that pre-owned homes have maintenance caused problems,
new homes have installation caused problems.
should I have my new home inspected thru the construction
process? Absolutely! Here's why!
is a construction stage (phase) inspection?
of a new home has the following options.
three recommended inspections are:
concrete pre-placement inspection - to confirm
that the builder has installed the foundation and
reinforcement to the specifications of the engineer
who designed it - foundations are designed specifically
for the home and the location - they are highly dependent
on soil conditions - this inspection judges the integrity
of the moisture barrier, steel placement, plumbing,
adequacy of forms, just to name a few things
framing inspection - actually this occurs after
the roof covering and rough electric/a/c/plumbing has
been installed - you can see how many things are involved
and is one of the few times that an inspector can actually
"see behind the walls"
final inspection - performed just prior to the
"walk-thru" with the builder - it judges the
operational/installation of all accessible components
within the home
revisits - the purchaser can arrange revisits
after any of the above should they suspect that work
has not been adequately performed
homebuyer can schedule any or all of the above, as they wish.
Each inspection is priced and reported on individually.
is encouraged to be at all inspections.
can be found under the home page pricing button.
new homes are not perfect..
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