What to Look Out For When Building a New Construction Home

What should you look for when building a new construction home? There are many factors to consider when navigating the process. Factors from budgeting and timelines to design choices and permits. One of the most important elements of any new construction project is sound structure. Here’s what you need to know about sound structure when building a new home. 

Common Sound Structure Issues in Home Construction 

When building a new home, there are several issues that can affect the sound structure of your residence. Foundations can settle over time, causing cracks in walls or floors. Poor workmanship can cause warping or cracking in wooden structures. Faulty plumbing or poor drainage can lead to mold and water damage down the line. Additionally, improper ventilation can create musty odors and encourage unhealthy air circulation throughout the house. 

How To Ensure Sound Structure During Construction 

The best way to ensure sound structure during construction is to hire experienced professionals who have a proven track record for quality workmanship. Make sure all contractors you’re considering are fully licensed and insured; this will protect you from any legal or financial liabilities down the road if something goes wrong with their work. Ask for references from previous clients and check online reviews as well; this will give you an idea of how reliable each contractor is before you hire them for your project. Also, inspect every aspect of their work during construction. Air out rooms with fans after painting or staining them. Check for proper insulation in attics and basements, and look for poorly sealed windows and doors; etc. Taking these steps will help ensure that every item related to sound structure has been completed correctly. This is a must before signing off on your new construction project.  


Building a new home is an exciting venture, but it comes with its own unique set of challenges as well. Especially when it comes to ensuring sound structure throughout the entire process. Be sure to do your research beforehand by hiring qualified professionals who have a proven track record of quality workmanship, as well as inspecting every aspect of their work during construction itself. This will help ensure that everything necessary for sound structure has been completed properly before signing off on anything related to your new home build! For new construction inspection questions, visit our website today at Sound Structure!

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Home Inspection Tips for Sellers

When it comes to selling your home one of the last major hurdles is the home inspection. Once you have an interested buyer, they will have a home inspector come take a look at the property. 

A basic home inspection includes an evaluation of 10 different areas of the home: structure, exterior, roofing system, plumbing system including the water heater, electrical system, heating system, air conditioning system (HVAC system), interior, insulation and ventilation, and fireplaces.

This process can be a little daunting for the homeowner so here are a few tips to make sure you are prepared and ensure the process moves smoothly.


Step One:

Prepare the interior of your home. The home inspector will check everything inside your home. Ensure that the home inspector can access everything in your home. Check to see if there are any large pieces of furniture, boxes or other clutter blocking access to things like the water heater. Inspect your light bulbs make sure none of them have gone out. Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly. Plug in all of your appliances. Make sure your HVAC filter has been recently replaced. Check for leaky or dripping faucets. It’s also helpful to do a general cleaning of your home, dust surfaces, vacuum the floors and put away any extraneous clutter. 


Step Two:

Go ahead and check the gutters and the roof before the inspector comes. It’s a good idea to clean debris from gutters and check for any roof damage. Make sure to fix things you may have temporarily repaired and check for any obvious, visible damage. It’s also a good idea to do a general walkthrough of your home to spot any water damage.


Step Three: 

Prepare the exterior of your home for the inspector. Make sure there is around a foot of clearance between the siding and shrubs, bushes, or vegetation. Visually inspect your home’s siding and trim and repair any damage you spot. Check the operation of any exterior doors, locks and deadbolts and double check that your garage is functioning as normal. If there are any holes or gaps on the exterior have them fixed. Also check for any exposed nails or other exterior hardware. Remove any stored items that are kept against the side of the house, as with the interior, make sure the home inspector will be able to access and inspect everything they need to. 


Step Four:

Be on time. The inspector will be there on time and so should you. It’s best to not create any delays because you aren’t prepared for their arrival. Also, don’t stick around. The homeowner should not be present during the inspection. It’s best if you leave the potential buyer and inspector to themselves so that they are able to point out potential defects and the buyer can ask any questions. Also be sure to bring your furry friends with you so they aren’t in the way!


With these tips you can make your home selling process move smoothly! The inspection can be a nerve-wracking time, but if you know what to expect, and take these tips to heart it will help put you at ease. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be sure to make the process easy for everyone involved!

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