Pre Drywall Inspections

North Carolina & South Carolina Home Inspection Services

One way to ensure that a house is built according to its specifications is by performing a pre-drywall inspection. "Pre-drywall" refers to a phase during the homebuilding process just after the installation of certain elements – such as the doors, windows, foundation, flooring, wall and roof components, plumbing and electrical rough-in – and right before the drywall is hung. This in-progress or construction-phase inspection is useful because drywall can obscure some aspects of the interior and make identifying or fixing any problems both difficult and expensive once the new home is finished.

A pre-drywall inspection can be performed after the insulation is installed, which is convenient because it allows the home inspector to determine whether it was done properly. However, the insulation may conceal some components in much of the same way that drywall does.

What is inspected during a pre-drywall inspection?

  • the foundation
  • floor system
  • roof system
  • wall system
  • plumbing system
  • electrical system
  • hvac system
  • exterior wall covering
  • roof covering

When performing a pre-drywall walk-through, the home inspector will inspect:

  • electrical wiring and junction box placement
  • framing
  • foundation footings. slabs, walls, and drains.
  • notching of floor joists.
  • firestop material.
  • pier pads.
  • crawlspace.
  • retaining walls.
  • plumbing pipe placement.
  • waterproofing.
  • flashing for windows and doors.
  • wall studs.
  • any missing metal clips; and
  • the placement of HVAC air ducts and registers

An important element to a pre-drywall inspection is the inspection report. We include photos which are especially beneficial to the client because of the level of detail that they can provide. When it comes to documentation, more is more!

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