Contrary to popular belief, even a new home should be inspected. Buyers are encouraged to have pre-drywall, final walkthrough and 11 month/builder warranty inspections performed.
Per the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors:
"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 completely finished.
The Final Walkthrough Inspection is conducted when the home is near completion and generally around the time the builder is prepared to do a final walkthrough with the home buyer.
The purpose of the final inspection is to ensure the major systems and components in the home are installed in accordance with common model building standards, and that there are no observable major defects present prior to your purchasing the home from the builder. Our inspectors will also note any cosmetic defects following a "5 foot rule".
Builders (generally) provide a 1 year warranty on the home. Buyers should take advantage of the warranty to have items addressed that would otherwise fall on you to repair.
The purpose of the 11 month/builder warranty inspection is to ensure the major systems and components in the home are running properly, and that there are no observable major defects. Our inspectors will also note any cosmetic defects following a "5 foot rule" such as common settlement cracks and nail pops.