A Walk-through Inspection on New Construction
Prior to being handed the key, the newly constructed home undergoes a final inspection. In most instances, homeowners find themselves walking through the new house as they cross off the items in the checklist. But what if you have no idea what you are doing?
What happens is that in most cases, the homeowner is resigned to fully trusting the building with regards to the new construction. In other cases, homeowners are afraid of offending the builder when they voice out some of their concerns. Also, there is the intimidation factor that comes into play.
Whatever the reason is, it’s likely that if you don’t speak up during the walk-through inspection, you will come to regret it later on.
What to Expect in the Final Inspection
The procedure starts when you entering your new home alongside your builder or contractor. He would have in his hand a checklist of items that they have introduced into the infrastructure. You walk through the list, and they give you time to examine the part of the house based on that list.
You will be given a piece of tape—more often than not, it’s colored—which you will then use to mark any defect that you see. The contractor will then correct the defect at a specific time frame.
But you know why this is a problem? The homeowner who has no idea of the structural integrity of a building by the way it’s constructed will instead focus on the small cosmetic details. What if the builder doesn’t follow through with the repairs, however? What can you do?
Turn Over Final Inspection to Professionals
Now, here’s what we’re proposing: why not turn over the inspection process to us? There are several advantages to this:
- We are impartial: so whatever deficiencies and flaws that we notice will be reported without prejudice
- We represent you: the builder, like it or not, has vested interest to have you sign the final inspection checklist so he can move on to other projects. The underlying message is that you can’t complain later on when you already agreed that there was nothing wrong when the home was turned over to you.
- We have the expertise: the builder may sway you with all the technical terms and jargons, but we are not fooled by that. Our main objective is to help deliver your dream home.
- We know the law: the contract that you sign with your building is not merely a bilateral agreement between two parties. There are antecedent laws that govern that contract such as zoning, building codes, etc.
Detailed Report on Final Check
Here’s the difference: while the builder will give you a checklist to cross off the items that it delivered in constructing your home, what we will prepare is a very detailed report of our final inspection.
We can write a few clichés here like, “leaving no stone unturned” or going through the house with a “fine-tooth comb,” but really, the only thing you should know is that you will leave this whole process more knowledgeable than when you first contacted us.