Absolutely the Easiest Way to Get Your New Construction Home-Buyers to Contract Quicker, Feel Comfortable During Construction and Eliminate the Need For Crazy Call-Back Complaints after Closing!

It’s amazing to ponder the wonders of modern manufacturing.  An automated assembly line can spit out dozens of luxury cars an hour with hardly a human hand. Micro-chips are being built and surgeries on humans are now being performed by robots.  Yet, we still build homes on-site, of wood, and by hand! No matter the eye of the architect, the will of the contractor or the skill of the carpenter – as long as home building is being done by human hands, there will be errors. Discovering those errors as soon as they occur so they can be easily corrected is the role of the home inspector in new construction.

HomePro’s New Construction Phase Inspection Program

  • The primary goal of the HomePro New Construction Phase Inspection Program is to have a very happy home-buyer who is in love with their home, their builder and their agent.  Happy customers are your best referral source!
  • The second goal of the HomePro New Construction Phase Inspection Program is to have ZERO homeowner complaints or builder call-backs! That is a win for the customer, builder and the agent!

Political Ties

It’s interesting to compare the responsibilities of the City Building Department with that of the independent home inspector. According to Florida Statutes paragraph 468.604, it is the responsibility of the Building Department to ensure Florida Building Code compliance of the plans for the home and to inspect to ensure that the home is being built in accordance with the Florida Building Code. As stated in Florida Statutes paragraph 553.72, the purpose of the Florida Building Code is to “establish minimum standards primarily for public health and life safety, and secondarily for the protection of property as appropriate.” To paraphrase the legislator, “Don’t let houses kill voters!” You can’t get a referral from a customer if the house you sold them kills them.  In that respect, you and the legislator have a common interest.  But, for your customer to be a future referral source to you, they must do more than just be breathing; they must be smiling and in love with their home AND the home building experience.

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Guided by the NAHB Performance Manual

Simply being code-complaint rarely results in a happy home-buyer.  This fact was recognized by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) when they published the “Residential Construction Performance Guidelines for Professional Builders & Remodelers.”  These performance guidelines were created and reviewed by more than 300 builders! The NAHB performance manual is carried and referenced by every HomePro inspector when performing New Construction phase inspections. It is the key to your buyer loving their new home, even with its imperfections. Imperfections in a brand new home? Of course there are imperfections!  Some common examples include:  cracks in the slab, bowed walls, and gaps at trim joints.  You would agree that these are imperfections, but when are imperfections worthy of a correction?  That’s the purpose of the NAHB performance manual – to establish standards for how big a slab crack, how bowed a wall, or how large a trim gap can be before it requires a correction. The NAHB performance standard sets a precise target for the builder to deliver, and a clear expectation for the home-buyer to accept.  The home inspector is working for the home-buyer and with the home-builder to deliver a home that will result in a happy client, a builder without meritless call-backs, and an agent with an enhanced referral base.

So, What’s the Problem?

Here’s the present problem with this process… there are almost no builders, superintendents or site agents who have any idea that the NAHB performance standard even exits!  That’s where you and I come in to make the new home-buying experience great for the customer, builder and agent.

HomePro Can Help

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The HomePro Inspections staff is full of Certified Master Inspectors who were formally contractors and building superintendents.  The HomePro office staff has coordinated with every major builder in town to ensure that our inspectors have met and provided copies on file of every builder’s requirements for licensing, insurance, workers compensation certificates and criminal back-ground checks. When you or your new home-building customer calls HomePro, you can be sure you are in good hands with our experience and professionalism to guide you through every step of the way! To make payment simpler HomePro offers the Bill-Me-Later program featuring Zero Interest and No Payments for up to 6 months!  And it’s available on EVERY HomePro Inspections service. To get your FREE copy of the NAHB “Residential Construction Performance Guidelines,” contact our team today. Working together, we can have happy customers who refer friends and love their home-builder.

This Spring, Wally Conway was invited to present to the City of Jacksonville Building Department on the collaborative roles of COJ Building Inspectors and independent home inspectors.  Wally would like to present this program to you, the agents in your office, and the builders that you work with. To get the program scheduled, call (904) 268-8211.

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New Construction inspections, or phase inspections, monitor the building progress of a home at various stages of the process. At HomePro Inspections, we offer phase inspections that assess specific parts of the home’s construction that include mechanical components, wall and roofing structures, and more. While we recommend all phase inspections be completed, we are happy to provide you with whichever phase inspection(s) you wish. Request a quote now, or click here to message a member of our New Construction Team.

Phase 1

Pre-Slab InspectionConcrete Pre-Pour

This inspection of the slab components must be completed before the concrete for the foundation is poured. Among other items, we inspect the rebar, supports, and reinforcement members; drainage; any plumbing, HVAC, electrical and/or gas components installed to that point; etc. The purpose of the Phase 1 and Phase 2 inspections are basically threefold: 1) to verify the structure is being built according to the plans and specification as provided by client; 2) to verify that the quality of materials being used is appropriate for the size, class, and type of building being constructed; and 3) to verify that the quality of workmanship is appropriate as compared to standard good construction practices that may be beyond the minimum acceptable codes as defined by construction industry standards. Please note that compliance and enforcement in regards to applicable building codes is solely a governmental authority inspection liability.

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Phase 2

Pre-Drywall Inspection
Framing & Mechanicals

This inspection is completed after the structure has been “dried in” but immediately before insulation and drywall has been installed (we need to see open studs). Many builders will have a walkthrough with you at this stage of construction – our inspection should occur around the same time as your walkthrough with the builder. Among other items related to the structure, we inspect the foundation, building envelope (e.g., tie downs properly secured), roof sheathing/covering, interior partitions (e.g., gaps in framing), the location of room walls and closets (if plans have been provided), etc. In regards to mechanical items inspected, we check any plumbing, HVAC, electrical and/or gas components installed to that point (e.g., lights in correct position, outlets/sockets mounted securely, HVAC condensation and plumbing lines with proper slope, HVAC ductwork installed properly, gas lines mounted securely, etc.). Please note purpose of this inspection under Phase 1.

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Phase 3

Final Inspection PackageTM

This full inspection of the entire home is typically completed a few days before the buyer’s final walkthrough with the builder. Prior to this inspection, the certificate of occupancy should be issued, the permanent power meter should be installed, and all mechanical systems should be operational.

  • Comprehensive home inspection
  • Written report with color photos
  • 200% Guarantee and $10,000 Honor Guarantee
  • Infrared survey
  • Moisture analysis
  • Visual mold screening
  • Homeowners Resource Membership
  • RecallChek Report
  • Neighborhood Environmental Report

One Year

One-Year Warranty Inspection PackageTM

This full home inspection provides an opportunity to have issues in your new home repaired before the builder’s warranty expires. We recommend the inspection is completed at month 10 or 11, just before the 12-month warranty expires.

  • Comprehensive home inspection
  • Written report with color photos
  • 200% Guarantee and $10,000 Honor Guarantee
  • Infrared survey
  • Moisture analysis
  • Visual mold screening
  • Homeowners Resource Membership
  • RecallChek Report
  • Neighborhood Environmental Report
  • 120-Day Limited Home Warranty
  • MoldSafe
  • 5-year Platinum Roof Protection Plan
  • SewerGard

Pre-Construction & Remodeling Consultations

When preparing to build or remodel a home, it can be helpful to have an expert’s input and suggestions regarding the placement of mechanical systems, types of roofing, construction material options, ways to minimize energy and water consumption, and more.

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Pre-Construction & Remodeling Consultations Jacksonville

Located in Jacksonville, FL, HomePro Inspections serves the cities of Jacksonville, St. Augustine, and the surrounding areas. In addition to new construction inspections, we provide full home inspections, home warranties, environmental services, and more. Request a quote now or call (904) 268-8211 to speak with one of our knowledgeable team members.

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