New Construction Phase Inspection

Building a home in Western Pennsylvania?  If you are like most home buyers, you more than likely didn’t consider budgeting for a Home Inspection.


  • Your purchasing a new home, so you think the inspection is wasted money.
  • You feel that you are protected by the Builder’s 1 year warranty.
  • The home will be inspected by the municipal code official, so it’ll be right.
  • You don’t want to insult the builder or damage your relationship.
  • You will “keep an eye on the construction.” The construction of a home is a big project involving many contractors and suppliers, all of whom you are indirectly paying. What’s it worth to have an independent 3rd party verifying the workmanship?

Your builder understands this is a business relationship, so if you’ve chosen the right builder, your builder should welcome another set of eyes on the project.

The Diamond Group started out as a company that inspected for builders and provided Energy Star® Certification, testing for building code verification and consultation with builders interested in building a better more efficient home.  Although The Diamond Group still provides these services to builders, we are offering phase inspections for consumers.

What do we mean by phase inspection?

  1. Phase one is a pre-drywall inspection. We like to start with you before you sign a building contract. If you’ve already signed, no problem, we can work with the building plans and specifications. Our inspection begins with a structural engineer evaluation of your building plans and a site visit by the engineer and inspector prior to drywall installation.  The systems (furnace, plumbing, electrical ect.) are installed. We can see what is set in place before it is covered with drywall. The quality of installation of ducts, insulation and systems can be observed and tested.
  2. Phase two is an inspection at final. Usually performed before closing.  This inspection is similar to our Certified Home Inspections
  3.  Phase three is an 11 month inspection.  We inspect your home prior to the expiration of your 1 year builder warranty.  This will support what the builder needs to address.

Is this worth doing?

We can say emphatically, yes!  It’s surprising what we have experienced and found in performing the inspections.  Without getting into details we can tell you this.  Most builders will build a better house when they know an independent 3rd party  is inspecting the home as it is built.  Our inspectors know builder codes and they know how to address the builder with problems or concerns.

Before you call us, we want you to know the inspection cost will be over a thousand dollars. You will be employing the services of a Qualified Structural Engineer and Diamond Qualified Home Inspector.

If you want to feel confident in the construction of your home then call us.

Building with a track builder? Moranda Homes, S&A Homes, Ryan Homes, Dan Ryan ect.

Great. Even though they build from models over and over costly mistakes can be made.  Mistakes you probably wouldn’t recognize.   Mistakes that will more than likely not appear in the 1st year.

A pre-sale home inspection is a liability reduction for the builder. It’s also a money saving inspection for the builder. It’s easier and less expensive to correct problems before the drywall is installed than after you’ve moved in.

Schedule a New Pittsburgh Building Inspection from the Diamond Group, Leading Home Inspectors in PA, Today! Call (412) DIAMOND (342-6663)


The builders 1 year warranty is great for items that are apparent in the 1st year, but what about hidden defects that remain undiscovered? For instance, air sealing. Though code officials enforce codes, but enforcement is dependent upon the municipality. For instance, one municipality requires a duct test requiring the builder to meet code before an occupancy permit is issued, another municipality doesn’t require it. A duct test confirms your heating/cooling system has limited leakage in the delivery system. Leakage is one of the biggest energy wastes and comfort loss in today’s homes.