Pre drywall inspections

Asked by Catie, Charlotte, NC Fri Nov 16, 2012

Do you think it's a good idea to have a Pre drywall inspection?

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Daniel Fisher, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Thu Nov 29, 2012
Good morning, Catie:
We always recommend an independent inspection for new construction. We tell the builder this at the pre-construction meeting so that they know up front. A good builder will have a construction supervisor and government code/building inspector reviewing the construction and will welcome another set of eyes on the build before closing things in. Inexperienced or independent builders will often be more careful knowing someone besides the code/building inspector is reviewing.

Pre-drywall inspections have found improperly flashed windows and doors, warped wall studs, broken structural trusses, missing metal clips, missed fireproofing, plumbing in the wrong place, overly long HVAC runs, and other things that were relatively easily corrected before things were covered up. If they were ever discovered later, they could be expensive to find and correct, make the home difficult to sell, or even be the basis for denial of an insurance claim.

We recommend clients get a Buyer Agent Advocate for New Home Construction (see link) and a home inspector experienced with inspecting new construction. Often, we negotiate for the Seller to pay for your independent inspection. If you appreciate this answer, please give it a thumbs up, or if this was the most helpful answer, please say thanks with a best answer click.
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Jennifer Mas…, Agent, Indian Trail, NC
Fri Nov 16, 2012
Hi Catie,
I think that the pre-drywall inspection is probably more important than the final one in new construction. With the final inspection, it all looks perfect on the outside, but the house has not been lived in yet so there are no known issues with the home. Better to head off a problem at this point than to wait until things would need to be ripped up later. Great question!!
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Kathleen Tur…, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Fri Nov 16, 2012
I always recommend a pre-drywall inspection during new home construction. Once those walls go up, it will be impossible for your inspector to see inside and locate any problems with your wiring and duct work. Don't be penny wise and pound foolish! A pre-drywall inspection is money well spent for protecting your largest asset, as well as for your peace of mind that you are buying a safe, well-built home!
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Jon Beatty, Agent, Spruce Pine, NC
Fri Nov 16, 2012
If you are referring to having an inspection before installing drywall on the inside of your new construction home, absolutely!

Such an inspection will ensure the builder has used the correct grade of insulation (R Value), installed it correctly (paper side in for roll type fiberglass insulation) and fastened it securely to the wall studs so that it does non eventually 'settle' which results in uninsulated areas of the wall.

Never hurts to keep a close eye on what may be the most expensive investment of your life!
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dave, Agent, Charlotte, NC
Fri Nov 16, 2012

it is always a good idea to have a pre dry wall inspection. An inspector can see things that you and I as an average consumer would not notice or know what to look for. I just had one done and the inspector found a few issues that the builder is now fixing. these are things that when we looked at them looked normal but were not...Then again we were not trained to look for those things as an inspector is.

yes, builders give a warranty on the house. But do you want them coming back later on to fix issues or would you rather have them done right the firat tiem and enjoy your new home when you walk in it for the first time.

Dave dicecco
Coldwell Banker United
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