New Construction Inspection

What is a New Construction Inspection

A new construction home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a newly constructed home that has not been occupied. It is commissioned by new home buyers that a final inspection greater than provided by municipalities.

The result of the inspection is a , that should include a 1. narrative-style summary, 2. prioritized check lists, 3. photographs, 4. appendices such as instrument readings, and is usually reviewed in person with the inspector and the client (the buyer) present.

What are the Benefits of a New Construction Inspection

Municipalities perform code compliance only inspections; the are limited to locations that are accessible without tools, ladders, or in confined spaces. On the other hand, new construction inspections are much more thorough because all those limitations do not apply. Inspectors will get on roofs roofs, traverse attics and crawl spaces, open hatches. Municipal inspectors are also disadvantaged because their electrical inspection is performed before the power is connected to the building. In other words, new construction inspections include wiring faults such as ungrounded receptacles in addition to operating electrical equipment: heaters, ventilation equipment, fans, garage doors, pumps, etc.

In many ways, a municipal inspection is really a preliminary final inspection, and a qualified new construction inspector performs a total completion inspection.

New construction inspections also examine the quality of workmanship, functional and life-safety issues outside of building codes, damages to finishes, and any design and specification requirements.

Inspections are essential in identifying, ranking, and prioritizing issues ranging from safety to minor deficiencies. Ultimately, new owners will receive valuable information on the need for maintenance to keep a home in good condition and will better understand the condition of the house which will help make confident decisions.

What is Included in a New Construction Inspection

Summary of Inspection Duties: Inspect, Describe, and Report:

  • structural components:
    • foundations, floors, walls, ceiling, and roof
  • exterior systems:
    • wall cladding, flashing, and trim;
    • exterior doors and windows;
    • decks, balconies, steps, porches;
    • eaves, soffits, and fascias;
    • vegetation, grading, and surface drainage;
    • walkways, patios, and driveways;
    • landscaping structures that may adversely affect the building;
    • garages and carports; and
    • garage doors, and garage door operators
  • roof systems:
    • roof coverings;
    • roof drainage systems;
    • flashings;
    • skylights;
    • chimneys; and
    • roof penetrations
  • plumbing systems:
    • water supply and distribution systems, including fixtures;
    • drain, waste, and vent systems;
    • water heating equipment;
    • water heating equipment fuel storage and fuel distribution systems;
    • fuel storage and fuel distribution systems; and
    • drainage sumps, sump pumps, and related piping
  • electrical systems:
    • service drop, entrance conductors, cables, and raceways;
    • service equipment and main disconnects;
    • service grounding;
    • interior components of service panels, and sub panels;
    • distribution conductors;
    • over-current protection devices;
    • lighting fixtures, switches, and receptacles;
    • ground fault circuit interrupters; and
    • arc fault circuit interrupters
  • heating systems:
    • heating system components;
    • vent systems, flues, and chimneys;
    • fuel storage and fuel distribution systems
  • fireplaces and solid fuel burning appliances
  • air conditioning systems
  • interior systems:
    • walls, ceilings, and floors;
    • steps, stairways, and railings;
    • counter tops and cabinets;
  • insulation and vapour barriers
  • mechanical and natural ventilation systems