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The Importance of Three-Phase Inspections in New Construction North Florida Homes

Updated: Jun 1

When you purchase a new construction home, you’re investing in a future filled with hopes and dreams. Ensuring that your dream home is built to the highest standards is crucial. That’s where the three-phase inspection process comes in, providing a thorough check at critical stages: Pre-Drywall, Pre-Closing, and the 11-Month Warranty Inspection. Let’s delve into why each phase is essential for your peace of mind and the longevity of your new home.


1. Pre-Drywall Inspection


Why It Matters:

New Home Framed Pre-Drywall
Framed Home Construction

The Pre-Drywall Inspection occurs after the framing, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems are installed, but before the drywall is put up. This phase is crucial because it offers a last look at the structural and mechanical components of your home before they’re hidden behind walls.


Key Benefits:

  • Structural Integrity: Inspectors verify that the framing is correctly installed, ensuring your home’s foundation is solid.

  • Systems Check: Plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems are reviewed to confirm they are properly installed and up to code. Any issues found can be addressed before they become hidden problems.

  • Energy Efficiency: Proper insulation and sealing are checked to ensure your home will be energy-efficient, which can save you money on future utility bills.


What to Expect:

During the Pre-Drywall Inspection, inspectors will walk through the entire home, examining the quality of work and ensuring everything is up to standard. This phase allows for corrections to be made without the need for invasive repairs later on.


2. Pre-Closing Inspection


Why It Matters:

The Pre-Closing Inspection, often known as the final walk-through, takes place just before you take ownership of the home. This is your chance to ensure everything is as it should be before you sign on the dotted line and the builders shortcomings become a problem you own.


New Construction Home Kitchen
Kitchen Of New Home

Key Benefits:

  • Finish Quality: Inspectors will check all finishes, including paint, trim, and flooring, to ensure they meet your expectations.

  • Functional Tests: Systems such as plumbing, electrical, and appliances are tested to confirm they are working correctly.

  • Safety Compliance: The inspection verifies the home is built to proper safety standards.


What to Expect:

During this phase, you’ll walk through the home with your inspector, who will note any issues or defects. These can then be addressed by the builder before you finalize the purchase. This step ensures that your home is move-in ready and free of significant defects.


3. 11-Month Warranty Inspection


Why It Matters:

The 11-Month Warranty Inspection is conducted just before the builder’s warranty expires, typically one year after closing. This inspection helps identify any issues that have arisen since moving in, allowing you to have them addressed under the builder’s warranty.

Calendar Marking One Year
Woman Holding A Calendar

Key Benefits:

  • Long-Term Assurance: Identifies any problems that may have developed over the first year, such as settling cracks or system malfunctions.

  • Cost Savings: Catching and fixing issues under warranty can save you significant out-of-pocket expenses down the line.

  • Peace of Mind: Ensures your home remains in good condition and maintains its value.

  • Expert Documentation: Present the builder a report of any defects prepared by a licensed home inspector.


What to Expect:

The inspector will conduct a comprehensive review of the home, checking everything from the foundation to the roof. Any issues found are documented and can be presented to the builder for repair under the warranty, ensuring your home remains in top condition.


In Conclusion


A three-phase inspection process is a critical investment in your new construction home. It ensures that your home is built correctly from the ground up, meets all your expectations at closing, and remains in excellent condition during the first year. By catching issues early and addressing them promptly, you’re protecting your investment and ensuring a safe, comfortable home for years to come. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or an experienced homeowner, these inspections provide invaluable peace of mind, making sure your dream home is truly a dream come true.


Hanna Home Services is proud to protect our clients with 3 Phase New Construction Inspections throughout Northeast Florida and the greater Jacksonville area. Call us today to schedule your inspections, 904-658-1009.




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