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New Home Construction: 3 Separate Home Inspections to Consider

Updated: May 30

Buying a newly constructed home in the Carolinas is an exciting time for any family. There are many factors to consider, including location, size, and cost. However, one thing that is often overlooked is the home inspection. With new construction homes, there are actually three separate inspections you should consider. If you haven't heard of a home inspection before, it's essentially a thorough examination of the structure and many of its components to make sure they meet reasonable construction standards. It’s similar to a doctor looking your body over to make sure everything is working properly.

The three types of inspections on new construction homes are: pre-drywall inspection (during the construction before drywall installation), standard residential inspection (when move in ready), and 11th month/warranty inspection (just prior to your 1 year warranty expiration). This is part 1 of a 3 part post on the types of inspections buyers of new construction homes should consider. Let's start with pre-drywall.

Home construction in progress, home is ready for pre-drywall inspection
Don't pass on the pre-drywall inspection

What is a pre-drywall inspection?

A pre-drywall inspection is completed during the construction phase, before drywall is installed, and it covers a lot of the same items as a standard residential inspection. The purpose of this type of inspection is to verify that many major components of the home are being installed properly. Learn more about pre-drywall inspections here.

During a pre-drywall inspection, our inspectors will check for:

● Structural components

● Plumbing

● Electrical

● Foundation

● Roofing

● Any other system that would be installed in the home

Why should you have a pre-drywall inspection?

Many buyers of new construction homes are not aware that there is an inspection you should consider before the drywall is installed. The pre-drywall inspection will check the framing, insulation, and plumbing and more.

The pre-drywall inspection is definitely a great chance for you to learn about your new home before it's finished and move in. It gives you the opportunity to point out any issues with your builder.

Additionally, pre-drywall inspections are not required by law in North Carolina or South Carolina so they're not included in your mortgage loan. It's just something that most potential homebuyers should strongly consider.

So why should you request this type of inspection? It may save you money on repairs down the road because they'll happen before the drywall is installed; if any water damage occurs during this time, it won't spread to other areas like the drywall or wiring. You also get an idea of what your home looks like before moving in--and isn't that part of the excitement?!

What should you expect from a pre-drywall inspection?

A pre-drywall inspection is a thorough examination of a home during the construction process. If you're going through this inspection, it means you've already signed a contract to buy the house and are waiting to close on it.

The purpose of this type of inspection is to make sure the structural elements of the house are built properly and meet all standards. You'll get a report from Bannon Home Inspections listing any issues your inspector finds with the home during this construction phase - from minor defects to larger, more serious ones.

Inspections can be stressful for some people. If you're feeling anxious about this process, take a look at these tips we put together that can help you get through a pre-drywall inspection:

* Your report will document everything. Our inspectors will take plenty of pictures and notes while going over each area of your new house, and then deliver you the full pre-drywall inspection report in a timely manner. It's always a good idea to have this for your own records in case something happens and you need it later on down the line.

* Meet with your inspector right after the inspection if possible. This is the best opportunity to ask the important questions at this phase of the construction. We're here to help you!

When should a pre-drywall inspection be scheduled?

A pre-drywall inspection is often scheduled during the construction process because it's a relatively inexpensive way (prices start at just $250 and are according to square footage) to spot any major issues with the home. A pre-drywall inspection generally takes place a few days before a house is set to be drywalled. It's important to note that a pre-drywall inspection cannot detect all electrical or structural problems at this phase, so it should not be your only inspection.

During this inspection, our inspectors will check for things like uneven floors, unsupported rafters, and water leaks and much more. Our inspectors will then compile an extensive report listing any potential concerns that they discover that you need the builder to address.


The pre-drywall inspection is a critical step for anyone looking to buy a new construction home, but it should be done before the drywall is installed. Schedule the pre-drywall inspection as early as possible, or as late as you can, but never after the drywall is installed. At Bannon Home Inspections we make scheduling your pre-drywall inspection fast and easily. You can schedule online here, or call us at (704) 776-3659 to speak with an inspector who can guide you through this process.

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