A large majority of families who opt for a new construction home do so because of the “move-in ready” condition that builders typically promise.
But the reality of new construction doesn’t always live up to the expectation.
If you are having a home built, a progressive home inspection is a critical step toward getting the most out of your investment.
What Is a Progressive Home Inspection?
A progressive home inspection is not a single home inspection but rather a series of inspections designed to check the condition of a building at various times during the construction process.
A progressive home inspection has three main stages:
Inspectors examine the land before the foundation is installed. Getting a look at the property before the concrete is poured offers a glimpse at features that might never again be visible: the home’s electrical grounding or bonding; concrete reinforcement and the depth and size of footing; plumbing and drains; wall support strapping and bolts; and the moisture barrier.
Once the foundation is in, a home inspector should come in before installation of the drywall. This inspection shows structural characteristics and safety factors, such as proper fire blocking and service runs. The more information an inspector can gain before the walls are covered, the better.
Once the structure is complete, a home inspector will perform what is often called a delivery inspection. It is essentially a full-home inspection of the finished product. The inspection is usually scheduled one to two days before the new owner walks the home with the builder prior to closing.
As you can imagine, a mistake during the construction of a house will only get worse (and become harder and more expensive to fix) as time goes on.
A progressive home inspection is often the only chance an inspector gets to look beyond the surface into the actual bones of the house so any issues can be fixed before you move in (and on the construction company’s dime).
Why Progressive Home Inspection?
Modern homes are a far cry from the log cabins our great-great-grandparents used to live in. As a result of those updated building codes, a lot can go wrong during the home building process.
Inspecting a home while it’s being built saves time and money, as it can pinpoint problems which would otherwise be more complex and costly to remediate.
A progressive home inspection by a master home inspector acts as an extra pair of eyes to hold the builders and county code inspectors accountable.
Inspecting the home only after it has been finished isn’t enough to catch any issues that might have slipped through the cracks. A typical full home inspection is a bit of a misnomer, as there are limits to what a home inspector can examine.
During a full home inspection (also called a buyer’s inspection), your home inspector will not tear down drywall, punch through ceilings, or tear up the floor to make sure the structure beneath is in good condition. A progressive home inspection is the ONLY time they can do this.
Whether buying or building, it is important to make sure you follow the proper steps to ensure that your home was built with quality and attention to detail. Progressive home inspections look at each individual stage of the home-building process to make sure the home is fully functional and properly constructed right from the beginning.
Certified Master Inspectors
While it might put you at ease to know that your house will be built to your exact specifications, there is no guarantee that it was built properly. A progressive home inspection is the best way to get the added peace of mind that comes from knowing your home will be truly “move-in ready” and stand the test of time.
If you’re looking for a company to handle all of your home inspection needs, EDC Professional Home Inspections can help. With our on-time arrivals and thorough, easy-to-read reports, we deliver a thorough home inspection and work with your builder to ensure your new home is safe and sound for you and your family.
Does your insurance company require specific inspections? We can do that as well, and will then contact your agent to ensure all requirements are met. If you are in need of a progressive home inspection and the peace of mind it brings, call us today at (407) 417-2999.