If you’re building a house, the first time you’ll have a chance to do a formal walk-through will most likely be right before the drywall is installed. Framing, HVAC, electrical cables, outlets, plumbing, can lights, A/V lines, and any other choices/upgrades that need to go behind your walls should all be placed – and visible – in your home by now. You’ll spend 1-3 hours touring your house with your construction manager to familiarize yourself with the cables, plumbing, interior systems, and any upgrades/options you selected when you signed your builder contract or thereafter.
Here are six things to look for in your inspection. We highly recommend hiring a professional home inspection at this stage, as it’s the first and last time you’ll see the bones of your home.
HVAC units are an extremely critical component of your home. This is something you need to consider during your review before drywall installation begins.
Because HVAC units both control your home’s temperature and air quality, this is a very important consideration for both your individual comfort and health. Several issues might occur with HVAC units when you’re doing a pre-drywall inspection.
- Gas pipe leaks
- Venting for furnaces being angled incorrectly or blocked
- Too many units near each other
- Vents not fully sealed into wall or cabinet
- AC not consistent throughout the home
- Insulation issues
During a pre-drywall inspection, the most important thing to look for is your plumbing system. It’s much easier to prevent plumbing issues when you have all the necessary pieces in place.
And when you have issues with your plumbing during this stage of construction, it’s much easier to fix those problems as you have all your house’s parts accessible.
- Frame damage during installation
- Water temperature issues
- Potential leakages into the home
- Vents capped off, which can cause flooding
- The angle of drains is off
- Shower drain too high up (above floor level)
In general, wall issues are related to the interior and exterior structure of the home. If you don’t take a look at your walls during the pre-drywall inspection, you could have serious issues such as leaks, in the winter because of a lack of insulation or wonky walls.
- They are completely sealed on the outside
- They are straight and not bowed
- Insulation has been installed correctly and is not missing
- Placement of objects on walls (for example, HVAC units) have been measured and planned correctly
One of the big things you will want to look out for is the foundation. The last thing you want once you’ve installed the drywall is to have to pull out the floor and any carpeting that’s covering it.
So if you are doing an independent pre-drywall inspection, make sure to look at your floors.
- Floor to floor tiles are arranged properly
- Floor joists being installed correctly, evenly spaced out and supportive
- Floor meeting walls and foundation at correct places
You’ll also need to verify that there isn’t any kind of trouble with your windows when you’re doing a pre-drywall installation. Otherwise, you may finish up suffering in the winter when it’s cold — or experiencing issues with water damage when it’s raining hard.
- Are they sealed correctly?
- Are they in the correct place for installation?
- Are there any potential waterproofing problems?
Correct Doors and Other House Parts
Construction workers occasionally make mistakes and install the wrong doors and windows. This is a typical error, even if you’ve spent hours arranging the ideal doors and other house items.
Double-check that the doors and other house components will be placed during your pre-drywall inspection.