Building a new home is an exciting time for any homeowner. Quite often this is your “dream home” and you hope to live in it for many years to come. As this is can be a large investment, in terms of both time and money, it is important to know that the home you are getting from the builder is exactly the home you paid for. This is why it is critical to walk through your home prior to closing with a BiltRite pre-closing inspector to ensure everything works. As a third-party home inspection company, we are not emotionally or financially invested in the property and can provide you an unbiased review of the home to isolate any potential problems due to poor quality of construction.
Typically by the time the homeowner gets to the final closing process, they are mentally “done” with construction and want to move into their new home. This often causes small nuances in the build to be overlooked. By hiring one of our inspectors you get a fresh pair of eyes examining your property which have been especially trained to find the telltale signs of rushed construction and code violations. As this is often the last chance to perform this type of inspection before the home is officially yours, it is a critical step in protecting your investment.
When we perform this inspection on behalf of the Builder, we simultaneously perform the code required Blower Door test, where the building envelope is pressurized and overall air exchange dynamics are documented and verified against design specifications based on the size of the home.
Up until this point most of the items being addressed with the builder have been with the major components of the home such as the pouring of the foundation, proper electrical installation, being up-to-code and so on. This final walk-through is the homeowner’s chance to look at the minutia, the fine details of the build. Here are a few of the elements we review: