New Construction Inspections


Many home buyers ask the above question. I can tell you from  personal experience in new construction inspections the answer is "Yes".
Most buyers assume with new construction there shouldn't be any major problems or concerns. To the contrary, issues have been identified through a home inspection that are major concerns as well as minor issues.
The following is not to say or imply that every new construction home has, or will have these issues, but to provide you with information of problems I have discovered performing new home inspections over the years.
Engineered building products - Common issues that I find in new construction and exisiting homes in our area  involve engineered trusses for roofs and ceiling/floor assemblies -improper installation, damaged, and modified roof trusses. These issues are not only code violations but are also non-compliant with the truss manufacturer's specifications.
Structural concerns in new construction identified at the time of inspection have included (but not limited to) floor joists cut-in-two, improper pier support for load bearing components, piers not filled solid, joist hangers or ledger strip supports are not present on floor joists, anchor straps and bolts are not properly installed/connected to the floor framing, joist hangers and ledger strip not properly installed, piers not in contact with the floor framing components, bowed walls, walls are not plumb, floors are not level, improper roof bracing supports, cracks in the foundation walls/slab, roof trusses and rafters spaced too far apart, and modified or altered engineered flooring and roof framing systems.
Electrical issues in new construction have included GFI circuits do not function properly, missing GFI protection where required, required ARC Fault circuits not present where required, improperly functioning ARC Fault circuits, exposed wire splices, improperly terminated wires, reverse polarity, damaged outlets, open electrical junction boxes, recessed light canisters that are not rated for contact with insulation, missing or improperly functioning smoke detectors, ungrounded outlets, loose outlets, refrigerator outlets on a GFI protected circuit, missing bushing connectors for electrical appliances and receptacle boxes, panel box branch circuits not labeled, and oversized service breakers for HVAC system components.
Plumbing issues in new construction have included low water pressure, drainage obstructions in pipes, drainage back-up into other drainage fixtures, hot and cold water supply lines are reversed, water supply lines not properly secured in place inside the wall cavity, plumbing installation not completed (water and drain pipes), missing drain pipe cleanouts, pipe leaks, fixture leaks, unprotected water and drain pipes penetrating foundation walls, missing cut-off valves in water supply lines, and plumbing vent stacks not vented through the roof.
Roof issues in new construction have included nail back-out in shingles, loose shingles, damaged shingles, exposed nail holes in shingles, loose ridge vents, ridge vents obstructed by the roofing material (viewed from attic), soffit ventilation obstructed by insulation, missing baffles, gaps in the roof sheathing, damaged roof sheathing, insufficient shingle overhang on gable ends, excessive shingle overhang on gable ends, gutters improperly sloped, and loose gutters.
Interior issues in new construction have included doors that drag or will not properly close and/or catch, gaps in flooring, damaged or grout voids in floor tiles, loose flooring, buckled flooring, damaged flooring, bedroom windows that do not function properly, crooked windows and door frames/openings, damaged wall surfaces, bathtub and showers with cracked and/or chipped surfaces, loose countertops, loose cabinets, damaged trims, and missing trims.
Exterior issues in new construction have included loose siding, exposed trims, lack of caulking around doors and windows, loose fascia and soffit, gaps in the wall siding, siding in contact with the finished grade, two different colors of siding, no caulk/seal around wall and foundation penetrations, improper grading, pooling water in the yards, foundation vents at or below grade level with no vent well protection, mortar voids in brick veneer, and loose door and window trims.
Heating and Air issues in new construction have included construction debris in the air supply and return ducts, air loss at the air handling equipment, air loss/leaks at duct/vent connections, detached ducts, unsupported ducts, ducts in contact with the ground in a crawl space, air returns are not properly sealed, improper combustion air supply to gas fired appliances, and units are not in a level position.
Again, this information is not to say that all new construction has or will have these issues but allow you to share in my experiences with new construction inspections. There is little to no discrepancy in these issues no matter the price and location of your new home.
As you can see, new home construction is not exempt from the common problems that may be found in many if not most existing homes. The information received from Arrow Home Inspection Service, LLC,  can provide you a better understanding of the home as well aspeace of mind regarding your new home purchase.