New Home Construction Inspections

Have you recently signed a contract to build a new home? In the midst of the excitement, don’t forget to do your due diligence by ordering a new construction inspection from Magnolia Home Inspection Services. Our certified inspectors can make sure that the construction is completed in a professional manner and done to code — and your expectations. Request a quote now, or call us at (832) 303-8048 for more information. We serve the northwest Houston area and the surrounding cities and towns.

At Magnolia, we report our findings from a new construction home inspection directly to you, the buyer. This gives you confidence in the job your builder is doing and it equips you to ask for repairs on any work that doesn’t meet code or expectations. We offer three different new construction inspections.

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Phase Construction Inspection

This option includes three inspections over the course of the entire construction process:

Post-foundation forms inspection

This occurs after foundation forms have been set but before concrete has been poured. We compare the foundation forms against the engineering diagrams to verify location of plumbing rough-ins for supply and sewer lines. Post-tension cables or correctly sized rebar must be installed according to engineering specifications. We’ll verify that your home is built upon a solid foundation.

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Pre-Dry Wall Inspection

This inspection occurs after the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC rough-ins have been installed and after insulation has been installed, but before drywall has been installed.

We verify that wall sockets and light switches have been installed according to the engineer plans. We check that plumbing rough-ins for supply lines for bathroom and kitchen sinks and drains are located properly. Common builder mistakes include improper notching and boring studs on load-bearing walls, improper construction of windows and other exterior penetrations, and improper installation of water-resistant and air-resistant barriers. Once the sheet rock is up, it is very costly to make corrections.

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Final inspection

We conduct the final inspection after all construction is complete but before the final walk-through with the builder (to develop the punch list of repair items for the builder). We cover the same items as a standard home inspection; the difference is that you, the buyer, can accompany us and put blue tape on cosmetic items that would not be in the home inspection report but you want the builder to correct.

In addition to these four inspections, we also do several drive-by inspections at no cost where we document the progress of the construction in photos, which we forward to you.

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End of Construction Inspection

This inspection is the same as the Final Inspection in the Phase Construction Inspection (see above). Be sure that your new home has been completed with excellence before you sign off on repairs.

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Warranty Inspection

We perform a new-home warranty inspection four to six weeks before the builder’s warranty expires, which is usually at the one-year mark of the home. Don’t ignore this important time. It’s about this time that problems will start to pop up that the builder must fix on his dime — if the homeowner remembers to schedule an inspection, which most don’t. Here are just a few things we’ll check.


  • Interior
    nail pops, condition of appliances, ventilation, and trim
  • Exterior
    grading because changes occur in the land over the course of the first year; watertight seal on windows and doors.
  • Structural
    we’ll inspect for cracks due to settling and shifting

Specialty Inspections

Magnolia also offers specialty inspections for some of the extra concerns or amenities associated with your home:

Are you wondering what makes us stand out from the rest? Here are a few reasons why to choose MHIS. Feel free to also read through our FAQs to get better acquainted with us. For the best pricing, check out our package deals. We also offer discounts to veterans, first responders, and public-school-system employees. We may occasionally have off-season or special promotions as well.

At Magnolia, we’re a one-stop shop; we do it all for you to give you peace of mind about one of the biggest decisions of your life. Remember, we offer a 200% money-back guarantee on our services. Request a quote now, or call us at (832) 303-8048. We serve the northwest Houston area and the surrounding cities including Montgomery, Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Cypress, Tomball, and more.