Make sure your new home is safe beyond local code requirements.
Did you know that Utah is a hot bed for new construction? According to the National Association of Home Builders, our state is ranked in the top five for new home starts.
If you’re one of the fortunate few who will be buying or building a new home this year, congratulations! It’s an exciting time. But before you get too caught up in selecting countertops and paint colors, there are some more important considerations to take care of first – like making sure your new home passes a professional inspection.
The idea that new construction homes don’t need professional inspections is a fairly common misconception. In the past, it was solely up to local code enforcement agencies to perform routine building inspections.
Home inspection and safety experts now strongly advise new homebuyers and builders to work with professional inspectors, as construction procedures, materials, and installation methods have changed over time.
Our new construction inspectors can help discover faulty installations and safety concerns early on during the building process and after it is finished. This results in what matters most: a safer, better home and investment for you and your family.
Code Inspections Only Get You So Far
Inspections of a new home are usually required by law. They, however, provide only limited insight into your home’s systems, structures, and construction methods.
Local codes are the minimum requirements for homes in a particular area and do not necessarily reflect best practices. For example, some municipalities have not updated their building codes in years, or only require inspections at certain stages of construction.
Also, many code inspectors are overworked and may not have the time to thoroughly inspect every detail of your new home.
In contrast, our inspectors are hired by you and work for you alone. We have no vested interest in the outcome of the inspection other than to provide you with an objective, unbiased report.
New Construction Inspection Checklist
Our new construction inspectors will thoroughly examine all aspects of your home, including:
- The structure – foundation, framing, walls, ceilings, floors, and stairs
- The exterior – doors, windows, siding, stucco/brick veneer, trim, decks, and porches
- The roofing system – shingles, tile, metal, flashing, gutters, and downspouts
- The plumbing system – supply and drainage lines, fixtures, water heater, and sump pump
- The electrical system – main service panel, subpanels, outlets, switches, lights, and grounding
- The HVAC system – furnace, air conditioner, ductwork, and vents
- The insulation and ventilation – walls, attics, floors, crawl spaces, and exhaust fans
- The interior – doors, windows, stairs, railings, counters, cabinets, and floors
- The fireplace – firebox, damper, hearth, and flue
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New Construction is a Major Investment
Don’t wait until you’ve moved in and started unpacking boxes to find out that your new home needs major repairs.
Call on the experts at InspectUp to perform a comprehensive new construction inspection. We will work with you, your builder, and any other vested parties to make sure your home is safe and sound. Schedule your inspection today!