New Home Consulting and Inspection

Our unbiased reports reference code violations against the most current International Residential Code (IRC) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) quality standards. Some builders rely on city code inspectors for quality assurance. They typically do not have the engineering background that we do. Can they really dedicate enough time to your home to find issues that will affect the quality of your home?

We will work with your builder to find solid solutions for the issues we discover. Strictly following the building codes and quality standards will improve the safety and energy efficiency of your home.

  1. Site selection/Builder’s Model Visit
  2. Builder’s Plan/review material & Appliance Selection
  3. Pre-Pour Observation #1
    • Footing
    • Plumbing
  4. Pre-Pour Observation #2
    • Vapor-barrier
    • Post-tension Rods
    • Structural Engineer’s plan verification
  5. Framing Workmanship Observation
  6. Plumbing/AC Ductwork/Electrical Observation
  7. Insulation coverage Observationcliquez pour plus d’infos
  8. Final Inspection
    (can be used as a final walk-through report) covers all aspects of the house.

Sample Reports

Download PDF Pre-pour #1

Download PDF Pre-pour #2

Download PDF Framing & Mechanical Inspection

Download PDF Final Walk-Through

Are new home inspections a regulatory requirement? The answer is not necessarily. Is it needed? The answer is a resounding Yes! A code inspection is a requisite for new construction inspection, but the code inspector will not do a deep inspection to check the house quality. New construction home inspection cost is an additional cost, especially when you are already spending so much on the construction of the house. However, the survey of a professional house inspector assures one that the house is not just perfect by certificate of occupancy standards, but also in terms of the construction quality that will endure for the long term.

Local government inspection only ensures that the minimum standards are met, however, to assure yourself that your house lives up to your idea of perfection.

A new house building inspection is not likely to have the same problems that an old structure will have such as mold damage, worn out furnace, roof with damaged shingles or cracks in the walls or floors. With new house it will be home construction inspection, they will check the quality of workmanship or failure to follow the plans. So, they will check the floor levelling, drainage problems, foundation strength, wiring, ductwork, sealing around vents, roof structure, among other things. Sometimes construction workers will mask the mistakes rather than fix it, especially if it appears elementary. Sometimes, an inexperienced worker must be working on one of his first projects and they may have made mistakes that are not apparent. A house construction inspection will reveal all these problems. At any rate, an external eye of a private third-party new construction home inspection will help get a fair report of the work done. As part of new home consulting, we will –

  • Conduct site/ building model visit
  • Review builder’s plan, material, and application selection
  • Conduct pre-pour observation –
    • footing and plumbing
    • vapor barrier, post-tension rod
    • structural engineer’s plan verification
  • framing workmanship inspection
  • plumbing, HVAC, electrical work inspection
  • final new build house inspection

After the completion of the home structural inspection, we will submit the housing inspection reports. We conduct two new home building inspections, one while the house is under construction and the second before the drywall is hung. In the first phase the inspector will examine the framing and electrical wiring which will be covered after the drywall is hung.

Often, the city code inspectors are not from a qualified technical background. So, there is a likelihood of them overlooking some technical aspects of the construction while sticking strictly to ensuring that city code guidelines are adhered to. Searching for an independent “new home inspector near me” ensures that you get a qualified structural engineer who is certified by either American Society of Home Inspectors or the National Association of Home Inspectors. As a unbiased third party, their reports will technically sound and ensure city codes are followed. At RSH Engineering we refer to the most current International Residential Code (IRC) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) quality standards. During the new building inspection if we find some anomalies, we work closely with the builder to find solutions and ensure that they have made the necessary fixes.

Complete new home inspections will entail a third-party evaluation of the home’s structure, systems, appliances and other important aspects. After completion, before handover if there are any problems or even you observe some difference in what you ordered and what was delivered, you can get it fixed. The new house inspection cost that we charge are as per the market rates and will afford you the peace of mind that your investments in the new house construction is being treated well.