New Home Inspections

Myths of a new HOME purchase

New homes and you think that everything it was built to the highest standards and quality workmanship.

You believed that it was built to mandated Georgia Construction CODE.

You may had been advised that you do not need an inspection because it was inspected by the municipality inspectors.

You do not need to an independent inspector (one typically not on preferred list)

Typically it is just a myth – the average inspection typically reports on 15 to 35 CODE violations and inadequate installation of siding, shingles, water heaters, etc (not installed to manufacturer installation requirements)

                                      How can this affect you?
Can affect the comfort of living in a new home, lead to endless attempts to get walk through items completed
(aggravation and more aggravation)

It can cause energy bills to way exceed expectations (Energy CODE’s typically not part of municipal inspections and rarely not an issue on an inspection)

If you sell your home there is a good chance that it will be inspected. The purchaser typically ask for all CODE VIOLATIONS and manufacturer installation requirements to be corrected. (they have the option to walk away if you do not make major repairs)

   This can cost thousands $$$$ to correct and deplete your expected equity.

      Get an inspection prior to purchasing a NEW HOME!!!!!

       Sample list of typical violations
1- Siding not installed per manufacturer installation requirements – nails over driven, nail spaced too far apart at butt joints, not adequately nailed at butt joints, siding installed within 6 inches of ground.

2- Inadequate footings for deck post (possible hazard)

3- Weep holes not installed in brick above all windows, door and garage doors

4- Shingles inadequately nailed or nails over driven by air nailer. The nails penetrate shingle surface and typically cause shingle failure.

5- ENERGY CODE problems
Let down stairs not insulated and sealed
R19 knee wall insulation installed incorrectly
Basements insulation installed incorrectly or not to CODE requirements
                             (required by Energy CODE, can affect utility bills)

6- Broken trusses in attic – either not repaired or inadequately repaired

7- Inadequate attic ventilation

8- Garage narrow walls at sides of garage door not bolted or strapped – this is required if this section is less than 4 feet. (this is a safety issue)

9- Garage door to inside house has wrong door installed.
(glass in the door)

10- No anti tilt bracket installed on stove unit (this is a safety issue)

11- No fan installed in both master bath and toilet area (this is a safety issue)

12-Basement framing damaged by contractors – joist cut, silent floor system cut to get HVAC ducts installed and squeaky bouncy floors.

13- Cracks in basement walls (some leaking)

14- Foundation drains not located (this is the 4 inch pipe that is installed around basement footing that drains water from the foundation instead of coming in the basement)

15- No heat trap installed on water heater to stop convection loss of heat from hot water (required by Energy CODE, can affect utility bills)

16- Bath room in basements stubbed in incorrectly and tub/shower will not fit.

17- Inadequate grounding of your electrical system  (this is a safety issue)

18- GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) not operational (this is a safety issue)

19-  No Manual J load calculation for HVAC system(s). Manual J is software program that is used to size HVAC systems to met Energy Code requirements. (failure to follow Manual J and inadequate installation can drastically affect utility bills)

20- HVAC ducts not adequately sealed and excessive sagging (this can affect utility bills)

21- Some rooms are either too hot or too cold – distribution problems and/or inadequate HVAC system.  (this can affect utility bills)

This is only a sample list of areas that are discovered during an inspection. The typical new construction inspection has between
15 and 35 defects per home.

These defects can affect your utility bills, enjoyment of your new home, aggravation of getting bad answers from contractors.

Worst case scenario is you spend $$$$$ thousands to correct defects so you can enjoy your home or even worse you spend $$$$$ thousands to correct defects before you can sell your home.

              The SOLUTION

        Fosters Home Inspections

The Report
                                 Computer generated

Includes pictures of problem areas (shows proof and eliminates debates and denial)

Includes mandated code reference of CODE issues or manufacturer installation requirements (most builders and agents require CODE reference to accept the report)

Includes explanation of deficient areas  (language in report is laymen terms so you can understand the deficiency)

The report has been developed over the last 20 years of experience inspecting approximately 20,000 homes (you get the advantage the knowledge of a seasoned, professionally trained, mandated CODE certified inspector)

You get a report that exceeds Georgia Association of Home Inspectors requirements – the highest standards required in the industry. GAHI requires all members to be IRC certified (mandated Georgia CODE) and continuing education each year to renew membership

You get a report that includes inspection and reporting of mandated Energy CODE (Energy CODE required in Georgia since 2003)

The report can be printed on site at the time of the inspection, it is also e mailed to you. If you prefer I will e mail a copy to your agent or builder for quicker response.

Report has stood the test of court litigation and was a winner. (Yes sometimes you end up in court – to testify your inspector must be ruled as a professional witness and the report must include CODE references.

     “Please attend the inspection”