New Construction Inspections

When building new construction, buyers have two inspection options: a four-phase inspection or a two-phase inspection.

Two-Phase Inspection

The two-phase inspection involves two trips:

  1. The first trip is a pre-drywall inspection where we assess all phases
    simultaneously. We inspect the visible foundation, and framing before
    they are covered. We then evaluate the MEP (electrical, plumbing,
    HVAC) installations.
  2. Finally, we conduct a final inspection to ensure correct installation
    practices and finishes.

Four-Phase Inspection

The four-phase inspection involves four trips:

Review of the footer and foundation for any deficiencies related to placement, damp proofing, and insulation.

• Review of the structural platform framing for any deficiencies, damage, or improper installations.

• Check for compliance with industry practices and manufacturer specifications.

• Evaluate house wrap or structural wall board system.

• Review of electrical, plumbing, and HVAC rough-ins.

• Check for proper installation of doors, windows, fireplaces, and A/V components, fire-stopping and fireproofing.

• Reevaluate previously inspected components.

• Review of finished roofing, windows, doors, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems for functionality.

• Evaluate siding, exterior grade, drainage, gutters, and exterior finishes.

• Check concrete, driveway, landscaping, and adjacent exterior elements.

• Inspect interior finishes, including bathrooms, kitchen, counters, cabinets, drywall, flooring, baseboards, doors, and windows.

• Ensure proper operation of fixtures and appliances.

• Verify correct installation practices and overall functionality of the home.

• Review material for cosmetic damage resulting from handling during the construction process, damage during shipping, or defects from the manufacturer.

This process ensures that each phase of construction is thoroughly inspected to meet quality standards and ensure the functionality and safety of the new home.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the different areas of the home that will need to be inspected?

We inspect the foundations, framing, roofing, insulation, windows and doors, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC.

What happens during a foundation inspection?

To verify the integrity of a foundation, an inspector will check:

Foundation standards vary according to different climates and soil conditions. This is why it is important to work with an inspector who is familiar with the Central Ohio area.

What does a framing inspection involve?

Your inspector will examine the entire framing process and make sure each step is completed according to industry standard.

What does a roofing inspection look for?



Flat roofs:

Home & Commercial Inspectors Roofing Inspection Checklist

What happens during an insulation inspection?

Your inspector will check:

If all the necessary insulation requirements have been met, the builders can proceed with installing interior walls and other finishing touches.

What does a windows and doors inspection look for?

Many details can affect whether your home is protected from moisture.

What happens during an electrical inspection?

Poor workmanship can cause safety issues and put you at risk of electrical fires and other hazards. Your inspector will check:

What does a plumbing inspection involve?

Every aspect of the plumbing system, from faucets to the water meter, will be examined and checked for signs of damage or potential issues, including:

What do you look for in an HVAC inspection?

Our home inspectors make sure every component of the system is working and the buyer understands the capabilities and limitations of their system.
They check for:

Call Home & Commercial Inspections today at 1-800-241-0133 and schedule your new construction inspection. You’ll maximize your property’s value and guarantee a smoother sale.