Some people feel that new construction does not need to be inspected because the local building inspector checks the house or building before issuing the Certificate of Occupancy. Others feel that a new condo unit does not require an inspection. In reality, new construction needs an inspection just as existing construction needs an inspection.
Before construction is started, an application is filed at the local building department and a building is issued. Periodic inspections are performed by the local building inspector. The inspector is checking for compliance with applicable building codes and zoning codes, whether the building is built according to the plans that were filed at the building department, and whether the building is constructed in a manner that is acceptable to the municipality.
The local building inspector is not checking many of the things that InSpecPRO licensed Professional property inspector examine. In fact, there is little overlap between what InSpecPRO investigates and what the local building inspector checks. After the inspection, our inspection report helps you understand the condition of the building.
Common Problems Found In New Construction
All problems found by our Inspector should be added to the punch list you provide to the builder.
The following defects were uncovered during a recent pre-purchase inspection of a newly constructed house. These are all problems that should be corrected before moving into the house.
- No Certificate of Occupancy had been issued at the time we performed the inspection. However, Closing had been scheduled for three days after the inspection:
- There was no access panel for the Jacuzzi motor
- The appliance installation was incomplete
- Paint spatters were present on the windows
- The handrail on the main steps was improperly installed
- Many of the windows did not latch properly
- The central air-conditioning system was missing the condensate pump or T-switch
- The garage door opener was not connected
- There was evidence of water penetration into the basement/crawlspace
- They were non-structural foundation cracks that needed to be patched
- The front door could not be opened from the inside
Many of these potential problems are beyond the scope of the local building inspector's inspection. This includes obvious minor problems such as a kitchen cabinet door that does not latch properly. Some problems may be detected by careful purchasers. Having a pre-purchase inspection performed by an InSpecPRO Inspector maximizes your chances of finding the problems before you move in. You can use the information provided by the Inspector to help create a punch list you can provide to the builder