During new construction is the optimum time to perform a qualified inspection. Everything at this time is easily fixable and nothing is covered, ensuring the most in-depth evaluation possible. Without things like sheetrock enclosing the bones of your home. A thorough inspection can be performed on items such as electrical and plumbing work.
While most contractors generally stay within the required codes and regulations, mistakes and compromises can be made. These mistakes could cause you much more grief long-term when repairs are needed. They can also drastically reduce the value of your home when and if you decide to sell.
With a Certified Inspector on your side, you know you are getting a great, unbiased assessment of your home. Our certified inspectors have experience with every aspect of home inspections, including in-progress constructions. Once we perform our evaluation of the home, we will decipher and note everything necessary to keep your home in tip-top shape. And once you receive our inspection report, within 24 hours of the inspection, you will have a great punch list for your contractor making sure nothing is overlooked and no steps are skipped.
The Stages of Construction Inspection:
- Foundation framework before concrete placement
- Installation of support posts, beams and floor joists
- Installation of all framing, electrical wiring, HVAC duct work and the building’s sanitary pipe drainage and potable water supply systems
- Exterior siding(s) and roof coverings
- Final walk-through inspection, checking all visually accessible systems and components such as:
- Electrical and plumbing
- Safety protocols such as smoke detectors, stairs, handrails and guard railings
- Compliance with emergency-egress requirements
- Proper installation of safety/tempered glazing within hazardous areas
A Residential Inspection covers and includes:
- Ensuring internal load bearing footers are provided and properly located.
- Visible plumbing and drainage lines are properly laid and protected.
- Vapor barrier properly installed and sealed at all joints and openings.
- Proper placement and tying of concrete reinforcement bars.
- Proper reinforcement of formwork ensuring square and plumb.
- Trenches for footers properly cut out and clear.
- Ensuring no visible debris or foreign material within the pour area.
- Inspection of the building shell before the application of finishes, enables us examine in detail the structure of the property. The entire house is inspected on a room by room basis. All trusses are checked for damage and proper installation.
- Other elements inspected include framework, support beams, electrical and plumbing fixtures and roof venting to mention a few.
- Where deficiencies are noted, such as poor construction details, recommendations for upgrading are made.
- Common deficiencies include missing or unsecured earthquake straps/bolts, missing sheer walls, improperly nailed wall sheathing or siding, missing flashings, inadequately secured or altered trusses, improper framework, missing beams, undersized or overspan beams or roof members, improperly installed sheathing, inadequately sealed windows, missing roof vents pinched electrical wires due to framework railing.
Our final inspection is carried out prior to your final walkthrough with the builder when all fixtures and finishes are in place and electricity and water is on. All systems are checked, including structure, exterior, roof, floors, ceilings, air conditioning, electrical, plumbing, appliances etc. We approach this inspection with the assumption that nothing is working until we can prove it. We look at everything and look for workmanship issues.
Examples of deficiencies include missing roof insulation, inadequately sealed window and stucco details, poorly installed vinyl soffits, fascias and eave drip, air conditioning duct leakage, poorly installed stucco/siding, poor yard drainage, uncut roof vent openings, improper circuit breaker protection, mismatched circuit breakers and improperly wired switches/receptacles to mention a few.
- I am a Certified Professional Inspector, CPI with InterNACHI (International Association of Certified Home Inspectors)
- I am a member in good standings with InterNACHI.
- I am a Florida Licensed Home Inspector #HI9918 and Indiana Licensed Home Inspector #HI01500050.
- I have 15 years of experience inspecting residential and commercial buildings.
- I have 10 years of general construction experience in Framing, Roofing, Drywall electrical, Plumbing, masonry, concrete and exteriors facades.
- I take at least 16 hours of continuing education every year.
- I provide full color digital reports that come loaded with detailed information, pictures and notes specific to your property.
- I use the latest tools and equipment on all inspections to make sure you are getting a thorough inspection.
- All inspections are completed within 24 hours and emailed to you and your realtor insurance agent or mortgagor upon request.
- Full Single Family Home Inspection (up to 2000 SF) $375.00 Fee Per Additional 500 SF $50.00
- Full Condominium Inspection (up to 2000 SF) $275.00 Fee Per Additional 500 SF $25.00
- Full 2 to 4 Unit Home Inspection (up to 2000 SF) $425.00 Fee Per Additional 500 SF $50.00
- Four Point Insurance Inspection (up to 2000 SF) $175.00 Fee Per Additional 500 SF $25.00
- Uniform Wind Mitigation Verification Report-Residential (up to 2000 SF) $145.00 Fee Per Additional 500 SF $25.00
- Mold Swab Testing (sent to lab for analysis) Fee covers two samples. $135.00 Additional samples are $50.00 EA.
- Pool Inspection (up to 1000 SF) $95.00
A Word From Our President
Choosing the right home inspector can be difficult. Different inspectors have varying qualifications, equipment, experience, reporting methods, and pricing. One thing that’s certain is that a home inspection requires a lot of work. Ultimately, a thorough inspection depends heavily on the individual inspector’s effort. If you honor Focus Inspections by permitting me to inspect your new home, I guarantee that I will give you my very best effort. This I promise you.