If you want to have your home inspected during the construction process there are three phases in which it should be inspected. Below will help you understand the timing for each inspection.
Phase 1 Inspection
The Phase 1 Inspection is scheduled once you have a firm date from the builder stating when the concrete will be poured. At RedStar Home Inspections we like to complete the inspection 1-2 days before the concrete is poured to allow time for the builder to make repairs. On the other hand, it is also important that the inspection not be done too far in advance because new issues can arise between the time of inspection and the pouring of the foundation.
This inspection is the trickiest to get scheduled because there is such a small window of opportunity between completion and the concrete being poured. It is very important to consistently check in with your builder to make sure they are on schedule and have not changed the “pour date”.
We are often asked if we can do the inspection after the concrete has been poured. Unfortunately, once it’s in place, the inspector can no longer see the components necessary to evaluate the foundation.
Phase 2 Inspection
The Phase 2 Inspection is scheduled before the insulation and sheetrock are installed. The framing should be complete and the electrical and plumbing should be laid. Once the insulation is installed the inspector can no longer see all of the components so timing is very important. There is a very small gap between the framing and the insulation so it’s best to ask your builder for a firm date for inspection. Once the insulation is installed the inspector can no longer see the plumbing, electrical and structural components.
Phase 3 Inspection
The Phase 3 Inspection (Final Inspection) is generally scheduled as soon as the home is move-in ready. At RedStar Inspections we suggest having it completed at least 2 days prior to your final walk through. This will ensure your report is ready and available for the walk through with your builder.
During the Phase 3 Inspection, the inspector is checking every little detail so it’s important that the home is move-in ready. Some of the items that are often missing are; outlet covers, light fixtures, doors, the gas meter and fixed appliances (stove, oven, dishwasher & microwave). It’s important that these items be installed and functional so you receive a complete and thorough inspection report.