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Old 02-27-2012, 05:22 PM
 
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Doing a new home construction and need an independent inspector for predrywall + final inspection.

From google I found this guy, his site looks bad, but I know that doesn't mean he's bad...

Charlotte Home Inspector Rock Hill Home Inspector Fort Mill Home Inspector Independent Home Inspector Charlotte Home Inspection
He does thermal imaging to check for air leaks etc. His price is $200 predrywall + $275 for final inspection = $475.

Any other recommendations?

Slab foundation, 2500 sq ft, in Concord
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Old 02-27-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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Why do you think you need an inspector beyond who the city will send out for code compliance?
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Old 02-27-2012, 08:58 PM
 
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Check for radon =]
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:07 PM
 
Location: Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX
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Why do you think you need an inspector beyond who the city will send out for code compliance?
The City Building Inspections Department has a very large workload. They inspect more than just new construction. They also inspect all permit work that is currently ongoing. As a result their schedules are such that they are not able to dedicate the amount of time needed to perform an in depth and thorough inspection of any home under construction. They won't spend anywhere near the time that an independent third party Inspector will.
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Old 02-28-2012, 05:08 AM
 
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Check for radon =]
It's on a slab so radon isn't an issue
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:23 AM
 
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If we had it to do all over, we would have hired our own inspector when our house was being built. We checked on it every other day and caught some important issues during construction. However, we missed some items, such as the fact that the roofer did not put down the tar paper before he installed the shingles. This issue was caught 12 years later when we started having shingle/roof problems. Builders hate it when buyers get an extra set of eyes on new construction.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:50 AM
 
Location: Indian Land, SC
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Builders hate it when buyers get an extra set of eyes on new construction.
That's not entirely accurate. I'm in the process of having a house built. We just had our pre-drywall inspection. Our inspector found a couple of things that both the builder and the county inspector missed. The builder took care of them immediately and everyone is happy.

Our builder told us that they actually encourage people to have their own inspector because while they do try and do everything perfectly they're only human and sometimes they can miss some little things. Ultimately they want us to be happy. It's good for business.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:02 AM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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It's on a slab so radon isn't an issue
Where did you get that info? Some of the highest radon levels I have seen were on a slab. You do realize that Radon normally is at it's highest level in materials themselves, right? Just trying to help.

Concrete, rock, stone, granite, etc.. all of very high radon levels in many cases.
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:12 PM
 
Location: In the AC
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We used Whitley Engineering and were very pleased. They did a structural inspection after the house was already complete (we bought a spec home) and found several things to add or fix. Our builder willingly did all that was requested.

Its important to remember, your house is only as good as the subs who came to work that day. Nothing at all wrong with getting inspections along the way.
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Old 02-28-2012, 06:06 PM
 
Location: South Charlotte
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Whitley engineering is great. Joel does an excellent job.
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