Arrow Home Inspection Services is licensed and insured to provide comprehensive home inspection services around New Baltimore and Albany, New York.
You may think since a home is newly built, it must be perfect. This isn’t always the case though. With so many people working on a home and with so many components to the actual construction, mistakes can be made. No home is perfect but it’s important to know which aspects of a home are worth repairing and which are deal-breakers. A new-construction home inspection can provide key insights into the home’s construction, as well as a chance to prevent costly repairs later on down the line.
Water quality testing is a specialized test that checks a home’s water supply for contaminants and pollutants, such as chlorine, lead, and coliform bacteria. Testing can reveal chemical imbalances of the pH, and other attributes, such as hardness of the water. No natural water source is completely free of impurities; contaminants and pathogens must be monitored and mitigated. Testing ensures that the home’s water is consumable and safe for everyday use.
Covered in Every Home Inspection:
The main water shutoff valve is located. Faucets and showers are checked for visible leaks, and the water pressure is tested. The types of pipes used are identified, if visible.
Wires are identified, all outlets are tested and verified that there are GFCI’s installed where needed to protect from electrical shock. The electrical panel is inspected for safety issues and fire hazards.
Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning system. Determine the age of the furnace and/or air system, whether or not they function properly, and possibly recommend repairs or maintenance needed.
Identify the age of the water heater and check that it has been properly installed. Determine the condition of the unit and possibly give an estimated remaining life span.
Inspect the mechanical exhaust system for the clothes dryer. A poorly ventilated dryer exhaust can be a serious fire hazard. The clothes dryer must vent directly to the outdoors, unless it is a ventless dryer.
Test the smoke detectors and ensure that any garage walls present have the proper fire ratings, and are undamaged. Inspect the fireplace for proper installation and maintenance.
Check toilets & tubs for visible leaks and proper ventilation, to prevent moisture related issues. Test toilets to see they’re flushing, run showers to see they spray and properly drain.
Check for any structural damage and for proper ventilation, if available. Identify any leaks from roof and inspect the insulation to ensure proper placement and ventilation.
Inspect the garage foundation, windows, ceiling, and framing. Test the garage for proper ventilation and be sure the doors operate properly. Check and test the outlets electrical system.
If accessible and visible, inspect the roof for any defects, including attic shingles, flashing and fascia. Check all gutters to be sure they are secure and look for defects in chimneys and skylights.
Inspect all exterior walls for damaged or missing siding, cracks, or excessive soil contact which can be an invitation for pests. Check the foundation for possible cracks or settling.
Check to ensure that the ground slopes away from the house, which prevents water from entering the house or causing damage to the foundation. Identify any problematic, soggy areas.