The nature of our multi-phase inspection is to assure that the home is constructed properly. Each phase inspection includes a detailed report with photos to document conditions. Any corrections needed are documented so the builder can make appropriate corrections. Below is a brief description of the inspection phases.
Phase 1): After the footing excavations have been dug out, they are reviewed to determine if the measurements are within the "local guidelines" for our region. The builder should follow footprint drawings. These may or may not be "on site:" Any trench for the slab will be examined for steel "rebar" and reinforcement placement. The site will also be checked for elevation to nearby grade, drainage and soil compaction characteristics. Often, we find that grade is improper during the entire build process. In addition we check that footing excavations meet the approximate specifications on the architectural drawings +/_ 2". This is the overall footprint or outside dimensions of the structure.
This phase is important to the building process to ensure that the floor and wall framing can be properly supported.
Phase 2): This phase is called the pre-drywall inspection. We focus on the structure and framing; walls, floors, roof. Rough-ins for electrical, plumbing, HVAC and other mechanical installations are verified before covered over with drywall. One important benefit of the framing inspection is to try to eliminate uneven floors, ceilings and walls. Depending on the stage of construction, sheathing, house wrap, flashing, penestrations, shingles, siding, trim, and many other items are inspected at this time.
This phase can be done prior to installing the insulation which may give us a clearer view for wall framing, or after insulation the insulation has been installed. You can make this choice with your builder's approval.
Phase 3): This phase is the traditional general home inspection phase. This phase focuses on inspecting all final construction and finish work to move towards your occupancy. All built in appliances, major systems and components are operated and checked for correct installation and safety. The exterior and interior is checked for construction flaws. As this is a new construction, cosmetic concerns will also be reported, allowing for fewer surprises after your move into the home. You may also be making your final walk through at this time and will be happy to answer any questions you have concerning your review."