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Building a new home can be one of the most exciting and one of the most frustrating experiences a homeowner may ever have.  Homes are built by people, some with little construction experience, often with language barriers, and lets face it we all make mistakes.  Consumer Reports ran an article in 2004 stating that 15% of new homes constructed have serious structural defects.

 

Local governments have code enforcement officers that monitor new homes while they are being built.  Unfortunately, the code enforcement offices in the area are often overworked, underfunded, and understaffed.  The Charlotte Observer ran a series of articles recently and stated that the typical local code enforcement officer average 40+ inspections per day (that amounts to less than 10 minutes per inspection).  Unfortunately, this does not allow them enough time to give each home the careful review it needs.

 

As a private home inspector, I cannot force the builder to make my recommended repairs, nor can I replace a code enforcement officer.  I do look for code violations, but point out the reason(s) why the code was written (safety, fire hazard, structural integrity, manufacturer’s requirement, etc.).  In addition, I often find non-code related issues that are important to most homeowners such as: mold; pinched HVAC ductwork; excessively bent plumbing supply lines that can separate under pressure; cut, altered, or damaged trusses; cut or cracked joists and girders; missing columns and piers; cracked slabs, holes in slabs, the list goes on.

 

Many home inspectors will perform under construction phase inspections.  Properly inspecting homes under construction is quite different than inspecting a completed home because the entire structure is visible and the focus is on structural issues.  Some structural issues are easy to identify, others are not.  If the home inspector is not also a qualified licensed general contractor, licensed professional engineer, and/or worked in the residential construction industry for several years they may not recognize what may be a serious structural deficiency.  It is not unusual for the builder’s site manager or project manager to not have a general contractor or residential builder’s license and rely on their sub contractors to make the home structurally sound.  Clicking on the sample under construction home inspection link below will allow you to view a sample of an actual Inspector Paul under construction home inspection report.

Sample Under Construction Home Inspection Report

Consumer Reports New Home Article

Under Construction Inspection Agreement

Below are some pictures of some of my findings during under construction inspections.

Flashing Not Installed
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Will lead to roof leaks
Missing Joist Hangers
MissingJoistHangers.jpg
Structural Integrity Problem
Cut Engineerd Roof Trusses
CutEngineeredRoofTrusses.jpg
Structural Integrity Problem
Heavily Bent Plumbing Supply Pipes
OverBentPlumbingSupplyPipes.jpg
Likely to seperate from pressure
Loose Foundation Anchor Bolts
looseanchorbolt.jpg
Structural Integrity Problem
Cut 220 Electrical Line
cut220electricline.jpg
Fire Hazard
Mold covered wood
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may lead to heath problems
Pinched Duct Pipe
PinchedDuct.jpg
Block Air Flow
Cut Floor Joist
CutFloorJoist.jpg
Structural Integrity Problem
Call: Paul King

704-467-7328 (INSPECT)

1820 Sunnyside Ave. Charlotte, NC 28204

& 201 Tom Hall St. #236 Fort Mill, SC 29715

704-307-2537-Fax

Professional, detailed, thorough home inspections in Charlotte, Pineville, Matthews, Mint Hill, Weddington, Huntersville, Lake Norman, Waxhaw, Monroe, and Marvin, North Carolina as well as Rock Hill, Fort Mill, Tega Cay, Lake Wylie, Indian Land, York, Clover, and Lancaster, South Carolina.

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