I love walking in to a house to perform a pre-drywall inspection and find the place cleaned, organized and ready for our inspection! And a builder that considers safety! Some people who walk into houses under construction are not familiar with unfinished construction and can get hurt.
For example, this is how I usually find stair cases.
What's wrong here? No hand rail!
Should there be a hand rail there since it isn't finished?
In my opinion, yes.
This is how I find most stair cases.
Often, also, I see 2x4s laying around with nails in them, other trip hazards, general untidiness, the plans for the subcontractors laying on the floor or in a corner, puddles of water, and so forth.
Another problem - the house isn't ready for a pre-drywall inspection! The details we are looking for are not in place - fire block has not be started, the insulation is not installed, showers and bath tubs are not finished, etc.
IF THE SMALL DETAILS ARE WELL TAKEN CARE OF, THE REST OF THE HOUSE IS USUALLY IN PRETTY GOOD SHAPE. AND THE SUPERVISOR IS ON THE JOB!
For example, this builder has taken the plans, separated them by system (plumbing, electrical, etc) and taped them to the sun room window.
It's hard for things to get lost!
A subcontractor with a question knows right where to go for the answer.
Nothing gets torn or missing.
I DON'T SEE THIS VERY OFTEN...
This is a good sign of a careful builder.
My client and I were there to make sure secondary things were installed in the right places - Category 5 wiring (data) locations, ceiling fans, special upgrade lighting, work order changes and such.
The insulation is to be installed in a couple of days and we will be going back. My client wanted me to come to interpret the "writing on the wall," in this case, so I did. And this gives me an opportunity to tell the client why I am impressed.
Being able to do that relieves some of the stress. Building a home is a very stressful adventure.
This good builder also went an extra mile here. On a sweeping staircase it is required in this County to put a guardrail on the side where people can fall. But it is not required on the right side at the bottom of the staircase, as is done here. And few builders put handrails going into the basement. This builder does.
That extra window is broken and to be replaced. And the extension cord was being used by a worker in the basement and will not be there when we do the "final" pre-drywall inspection with the rest of the family.
My recommendation: when you are in a house for a pre-drywall inspection, pay attention to the little things - cleanliness, organization, readiness for an inspection, which means that things that should be completed actually are. That all adds up to a supervisor who is on top of the work and a builder that has standards.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560