NEW CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION & CODE COMPLIANCE
DO I REALLY NEED AN INSPECTION ON MY NEW HOME?
IS THE CONTRACTOR FOLLOWING THE RIGHT PROCEDURES?
AM I GETTING WHAT I’M PAYING FOR?
Absolutely. In fact I would suggest three inspections, the first structural footings prior to pouring to inspect soil & rebar installation, second pre-drywall so that your inspector can really see the framing, electrical, insulation, duct work and plumbing, the third once the house is complete. Code means squat and county inspectors aren’t trained home inspectors and aren’t there to look at the quality of the work only too in-sure it meets their interpretation of the local building codes.
With new construction (and only new construction) you should give the builder your inspectors list and require that everything noted on the report, without question be addressed. This is the only time an inspectors report should be used as a punch-list.
TG Project Management uses infrared equipment to inspect and insure your home or business is in fully compliance with NJ construction Building codes. (Read in our infrared services page on more details)
We hold 3 NJ State building licenses govern by the Department of Community Affairs
1. RCS Level Residential and small commercial Specialist
2. ICS Level Industrial and Commercial Specialists
3. HHS Level Highrise-Hazardous Specialists
All 3 licenses authorize the inspector to review plans for structures and carry out field inspection activities for code compliance, quality assurance and workmanship.
The #1 reason the Realtors® here are suggesting inspection on a new home or any home is it offers them some protection in the event something bad happens and a lawsuit is filed. It is a very self-serving answer to this question. In our states (on the advice of our attorneys) we actually make clients sign a waiver if they choose not to have a home inspected. Having stated the above my specific recommendation involving a home inspection on new construction are this; hire an architect/engineer or former builder to attend ALL city/county inspections from start to finish it never hurts to have another set of informed eyes on the project during the course of construction. The purpose of hiring someone from start to finish is you ensure and extra set of quality controls throughout the project plus they have an understanding of the total construction project and when they make recommendations they are not guessing but they actually know because they were there. Hiring a home inspector at the end of a project is usually just a waste of resources, as your builder should provide a 1-year home warranty.
Also hiring your own home inspector to conduct a home inspection 3 to 4 days prior to your final walk through inspection with the builder. You will be amazed what your inspector will find.
As a home is being constructed, the local municipality performs inspections. They inspect at various stages, the foundation stage, the rough carpentry stage, the insulation stage, the rough electrical & plumbing stage etc. When the home is complete it is a good idea to have a 3rd party inspector review a checklist to insure the home is up to your standards as well.