The real estate market in North Carolina and the triangle is in high demand, and houses are being built quickly, but supply continues to lag behind demand. Following the COVID- 19 pandemic and the material supply crunch the building industry is under stress due to labor shortage, material prices and unprecedented demand.
When building a new home, there are building standards that the builder must follow and while city official and builder inspections are required along the way, it’s still a good idea to hire an independent inspector for your own inspections, especially the pre-drywall phase of the construction.
As the building industry tries to keep up with the high demand for permit completion from local building officials, the delays in schedules and cost to build increase. More than ever before, NC licensed home inspectors can play an important role in instilling confidence in home buyers and builders.
At North Carolina Property Inspections, we strongly advise having a private, NC-licensed home inspector perform a pre-drywall home inspection so that we can take the extra time needed to go through the building site and perform a thorough inspection, as well as provide the client with a detailed report that can be used to communicate with the builder and have additional corrections made before walls are closed up with insulation and drywall.
All inspections done on houses by a North Carolina’s Licensed home inspector must follow the Standards of Practice (SoP) established by the NC home inspector license board. For a complete list of inspected items, including inspection exclusions and limitations, please read the North Carolina Home Inspectors Licensure Board Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics
We and most builders recommend that the pre-drywall inspection be performed a few days before the scheduled sheetrock/drywall installation . This allows time for any necessary engineering evaluations and/or repairs to the items of concern noted in your home inspection report.
In the best-case scenario, the construction schedule is on track and the house's framing is complete. The roof covering has been installed, as well as the exterior vapor wrap, windows, and doors. All rough-in plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems are in place. The next step is to install the insulation and drywall.
Clients and agents should notify the builder that a private home inspection is planned so that everyone involved can properly coordinate this schedule.
North Carolina Property Inspections will provide you with a detailed report of the visible and easily accessible components at the site. We will also report on missing items that have been expected to be installed during this phase but may not have been due to material shortages or contractor oversight. At this point, the issues we discover range from serious structural issues to potential and actual wire and plumbing damage, moisture exposure issues, and installation issues. Repairing any of our findings is smoother before the walls are closed up and finishes are installed.
We want to be your partner in protecting and caring for your large investment. We like to see the house at all stages, so if you hire us for a pre-drywall inspection, we will give you a discount at the finished stage, just before you close on the deal and move in. At this point, we're inspecting the entire house and testing all of the mechanicals to ensure that the installation is complete and that everything works properly before you move in.
If you would like to book a pre drywall or home inspection with NC Property Inspections please contact Alice our Office Manager at : Admin@ncpropertyinspections.com or give our office a call at : 919.200.6344. To request a booking online click here: Book an Inspection!