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New Construction Inspection

Building a House

Over recent years, we have seen the quality of new construction drop dramatically, resulting in increased repairs and maintenance costs to the homeowner in the early years of property ownership.  Examples include improperly applied roof materials, improperly sealed synthetic stucco and siding, insufficient electrical wiring, and improper use of plastic pipe and sealants, to mention a few, all of which can have disastrous consequences. For this reason, many homeowners now choose to have an independent review of newly constructed

 

Many people believe that buying a new home is like buying a new car or a new appliance.  Unfortunately, there are very few similarities between these products and a new home.  Automobiles and appliances go through stringent quality control checks to ensure that these products meet their design criteria.  A manufacturer's failure to meet the specified criteria will likely be noticed during quality control inspection, resulting in the product not leaving the factory until the problem is corrected.  Problems that are not detected in quality control can result in product recalls or even class-action lawsuits.

 

Although all reputable builders attempt to provide good quality control during the building process, shortfalls sometimes occur.  Quality control problems can arise for a variety of reasons, including overloaded construction superintendents, heavy usage of subcontractors (and even sub-subcontractors), and over-reliance on city or county inspectors.  As a result, quality control can be inconsistent from one builder to another and even among homes built by the same builder.