A pre-drywall inspection when having a new house built is a smart move. When you decide to have a house built there are multiple stages in the building process, some that seem to take an eternity and some that fly by. One of the most important stages in new construction for the home buyer is just before the installation of the drywall. At this point in construction the house is about to turn from a “not too hard to change things situation” to an “it’s going to cost you to change things situation.” Hiring and inspector for a pre-drywall inspection can help keep things in the not too hard to change category.
Don’t be afraid of offending the builder, any reputable builder will have no problem in fact most welcome it. This is a great opportunity to have a trained set of eyes check for problems, miscues and mistakes before they get covered up and it’s too late. Homes are built by many different contractors, plumbers, electricians, drywall installers, framers and painters, any one of them could have had an off day. You should make sure you don’t end up paying for it later. Many people ask why hire an inspector if the county/city inspector has already inspected the house. The answer is, the county/city inspector is there to insure the house meets code, your inspector works for you.
It is then a good idea to have your real estate agent arrange a walk-through with the builder or site superintendent so that all parties can agree on how to proceed. This is also the time to see if you can add items you may have missed during design meetings. For example, adding an electrical outlet in the floor of a living room for a reading light. Take pictures or video during your walk-through so you know what is behind the walls should you decide to change or add something in the years to come.