Many home buyers assume that because a home is New Construction, there will not be any problems or issues. Unfortunately, building a home is not like assembling a car or truck in the Ford plant. The ability to deploy the same level of oversight and quality assurance is not possible. There are too many variables and too many people touching the home at the same and different times. While builders today try to limit the warranty and latent defect issues, unfortunately these issues fall through the cracks all too often. Sub-contractors coming too early and dismantling or damaging other trades work, inspections delaying trades and resulting in expedited schedules, water intrusion around windows, stucco and stone installation defects, grading and roofing complications are only a few of the many issues that could arise. All are real situations, and all can result in increased risk for you, the new home owner.
How can you limit this risk? Of course, by having your own trained eyes and ears, during the construction process, or at the end if you have not been around during the construction period. It is a small price to pay for peace of mind.
We offer varying degrees of new construction inspections, as follows.
- Pre – concrete slab inspection
- Pre-drywall inspection
- Final inspection
- Warranty inspection
- Full construction monitoring inspection services
What makes us different is simple. We know construction. In our construction division, we have completed the framing of many projects, from 12,000 square foot day cares to 350-unit apartment complexes. We have completed siding, roofing and other work on these and many other properties. This experience is passed along to all our inspectors. We call it performance experience and code knowledge!
We do not do cosmetic new construction inspections. We do performance-based inspections based on the construction practices and finishes. What is required for stucco and decorative stone is different to siding and shingles. While we identify cosmetic paint issues such as paint drips, we are more concerned with paint thickness, number of coats, film thickness etc.,. While we may identify cosmetic issues with stucco, we are more concerned with stucco thickness, expansion joints, flashings and overall compliance to the ASTM standards. This is the biggest difference between AmeriPro and almost all others. As a client you must ask these hard questions when choosing an inspector to represent you. Cosmetic walkthroughs have little value to anyone and is a job you or your real estate agent can do. We pride ourselves in being our clients trusted company to perform this crucial inspection type.
This same approach also applies to our warranty inspections. As an example, we were involved with inspections for new construction in 2005 and provided information to the builders on issues that were present, only to be ignored by the same. When our clients came to sell in 2012, that same builder was left repairing thousands of dollars in stucco and stone repairs because it was reported on the inspection report correctly. If that client did not have an inspection, they may have been responsible 7 years later for this same latent defect.
Choosing an inspector for a warranty inspection has the same degree of importance as your original inspection. Builders love cosmetic walkthroughs that do not delve into the specifications of building code and standards.
Click here to schedule your Warranty or New Construction inspection today, or call our office for additional information.