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Inspections of New Homes in St. Louis Provide Owners with Peace of Mind

When construction of a new residential property is completed, it is the culmination of expert planning, successful communication and the work of many skilled technicians. The result is an orchestration of numerous systems working together to provide the perfect home for you and your family. 

The best way to get to know all of the important details of your new house is to arrange for an inspection by a private provider at the crucial stages of building. An expert assessment at the pre-pour, framing and final phases of the project can ensure that the best approach is underway so that you can enjoy your property for many years to come. 

It is important to distinguish between a municipal inspector and a third-party building inspector. The former works for the local government and makes sure the building specs are in compliance with standard safety codes, while the latter works on your behalf, to ensure that you understand the property and that your new home in St. Louis is the best it can be.     

Lay a Solid Foundation

Before your home’s concrete foundation is poured, there are several topographical factors to inspect concerning ground grading and water flow. It is crucial that you understand where rainwater will gather once the structure is built and that plans are in place to direct that moisture away from the house. Also, your inspector can cross reference the pre-pour layout with your floor plan to make sure they are in accordance with one another and to ensure that the foundation will be reinforced with the proper amounts of rebar in the correct places.   

Know What’s Within the Walls

Once the frame has been built, the roof is in place and the windows are installed, it is time for your pre-cover inspection. Here, you will examine all of the electrical, HVAC, plumbing, ducting and fire protection systems that will soon be covered up by insulation and drywall. This will provide valuable insight for you as the homeowner, as you inspector explains the inner workings of the house and shows you where important components will be located such as the electrical breaker box, main water shut-off valve, hot water heater, furnace, air conditioning unit and fire alarms.     

Try It On for Size

Final inspection of your new home in St. Louis should take place a day or two before your walk-though with the builder. This will allow you and your inspector time for detailed examinations of every component of the house. You will be able to confirm the functionality of dishwashers, disposals, ovens, toilets, sinks, thermostats, gutters, chimneys, electrical switches, circuit breakers, utility meters, windows, doors and alarm systems. Also, you can confirm that patios, walkways, decks and driveways meet your personal standards and specifications.    

Buying a newly-built home is an exciting undertaking with important phases for ensuring the highest quality results. Contact us to experience the finest in homebuilding from the foundation to the framing to the final product. 

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This post was written by Jason Rhoads

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