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We offer inspections for those who are purchasing a new home that is not yet built or under construction, whether it is a custom home or part of a new development. A pre-drywall inspection is a crucial point in the construction process – it is the last possible time to find any defects, improper construction techniques or safety hazards. Once the drywall goes up, any existing problem will most likely be hidden. These defects eventually make themselves known in the form of a much bigger expense and inconvenience years down the road. New construction homes can be wonderful structures, but as technology advances, so does the speed that homes are built. Because homes are constructed much faster, it is becoming more common for problems/deficiencies to go unnoticed. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the county or city building inspector will notice everything that may be wrong with the house – some county / city inspectors spend only minutes at each lot. With our Pre Drywall Inspection, we spend between two and three hours on site inspecting all components of the house and its major systems. We photograph any problems we find and provide you with a professional organized report that can easily be forwarded to the builder for correction. 

Items that are inspected during a Pre-Drywall Inspection

Exterior

  • Masonry Components
  • Foundation Walls
  • Exterior Framing
  • Exterior Flashing
  • House Wrap

Roof

  • Roof Covering
  • Roof Flashing
  • Valleys
  • Roof Sheathing
  • Roof Vent(s)
  • Vent Collars
  • Skylight(s)
  • Chimney(s)

Garage

  • Interior Framing
  • Floor/Slab
  • Service Door

Interior

  • Interior Framing
  • Presence of Fire Stop
  • Presence of Draft Stop
  • Required Clearances
  • Presence of Nail Plates
  • Propert Structural Fastening
  • Rough-ins for all bath/kitchen
  • Location of Switch Boxes
  • Location of Junction Boxes
  • Bowed Studs
  • Fasteners
  • Straps
  • Bolts
  • Structural Columns
  • Concrete Foundation Slabs
  • Floor Joists
  • Trusses
  • Sill and Sole Plates
  • Bridging and Blocking
  • Rim Joists and Band Board
  • Beams and Girders
  • Openings in the Floor System
  • Floor Sheathing
  • Hangers
  • Windows
  • Steps and Stairways
  • Balconies
  • Attic Hatch

Electrical

  • Electric Panel
  • Sub Panel
  • Circuit Breakers
  • Circuits/Cables
  • Service Entry Cable
  • Drop Cable
  • Weatherhead
  • Overhead Cables
  • Meter/Meter Base
  • Ground
  • Junction Boxes

HVAC

  • Furnace
  • HVAC Supply Register
  • Proper Flex Duct Installation
  • Proper Flex Duct Support
  • Heat Pump
  • Condensate Drain Lines
  • Ductwork / Plenum
  • Air Registers
  • Returns
  • Boiler
  • Boiler Piping
  • Radiators

Plumbing

  • Slope of DWV Pipes
  • Support for DWV Pipes
  • Pipes and Fittings
  • Drain / Waste / Vent
  • Gas Meter
  • Gas Pipe
  • Bath Shower Pan

Structure

  • Foundation Walls
  • Footers (if visible)
  • Floor / Slab
  • Seepage / Dampness
  • Sump Pump(s)
  • Crawlspace
  • Framing
  • Masonry Walls
  • Masonry Veneer
  • Columns / Piers or Posts
  • Structural Steel
  • Chimney