New Construction Inspections

Typical Issues Found? 

In existing homes, a home inspector is generally looking for issues that arise as a result of age. For new construction, the emphasis is on how things were built and installed. Identifying any issues early on can be critical to preventing long-term problems.

When a home is built, it is constructed in phases over a specific time frame. Contractors follow a general construction plan and subcontractors are brought in to install specific systems like plumbing and electrical work. Due to schedules, weather, and even material delivery times, the construction phases can get interrupted which can lead to construction errors.

1. Materials

There are a variety of reasons why building materials may become damaged during construction. Some materials can be exposed to the elements for certain periods of times. Other materials may have been improperly stored, handled and installed. Flooring materials, lumber, pipes, siding, and shingles are all materials that can be found to be defective during an inspection.

2. Construction

The inspection will look for any construction errors such as missing or improperly installed items. Improperly installed duct work or missing insulation are a couple of examples.

3. Systems

Electrical, plumbing and HVAC are systems of importance in a house and are usually subcontracted out to other people. In some situations, the builder is not in complete control of the installation. A quality builder will do their best to inspect these installations afterwards, however mistakes happen and things can be missed. Some improper installations can affect other parts of the home and damage may occur. A home inspection can pick up these sort of issues that otherwise might be overlooked.


The most important function of a new construction inspection is to catch and prevent issues from causing more damage in the future.