What New Home Owners Should Know about Stage Construction Building Inspections


As a new home owner, you may be building the home from the ground up. You already know that you will need to have building inspections on the property and have likely spoken with a professional about your inspection options. One of the options that may have been mentioned are stage construction building inspections. Here are a few key points you should know about this type of inspection and how it will benefit your new home.

Stages of Inspection

The concept of a stage construction building inspection is to have inspections conducted at major stages during the building process. This is to ensure that you don't finish the constriction only to find that the inspection fails with the foundation or with an earlier stage of the building construction. If you have stage or phase inspections conducted they will start with the pre-pour stage.

This stage is the step after the foundation has been planned, but just before the concrete for the foundation is poured. The inspections will proceed to the framing and mechanical phase, sheet rock placement, roofing, and finished home inspection.

Inspection Points

Depending on the building inspection company that you use, the inspection points for a stage inspection may be more detailed than those offered during an overall inspection. For example, instead of seeing the foundation inspection listed as one item on the checklist you may see it broken down into specific parts including the angle of the floor and that the materials used on the building foundation meet quality standards. You may also see where the insulation is broken down into material used, rating of the material, and if it is recyled material instead of just having a checkpoint for insulation that meets current building standards. 

Benefit Considerations

A key point to consider about this type of building inspection is the benefit it can bring to your home construction. When you have a building inspection conducted on a complete building you run the risk of an inspection issue with the foundation or with an interior wall or roofing area. This means you may have to have repair work completed to meet that inspection prior to moving into the home.

If you choose to have phase or stage inspections completed then you can stop construction, fix the issue, and move onto the next stage of construction which will likely cost less in the long run. This means when the final inspection is completed you will likely have no issues and can move into the home as soon as possible.

In essence, a stage inspection option will help you avoid huge delays in the home construction process by alerting you to issues as soon as possible. If you want to discuss this option for your new home construction, contact a local building inspector or building consulting company.

For more information, check out companies such as Jeffrey Hills and Associates.


27 April 2015

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