I had my pre-drywall inspection today. First I had my home inspector come out and give it a look over, then the project manager came and we went through it together with me pointing out things the home inspector pointed out to me. We had about a dozen things to fix, but all were small stuff that didn't make me question the quality of the home. I am going to break this in to two posts, thus one about my home inspector walk through, and the next one how it went with the project manager.
My home inspector came in the morning and we walked through the house together. I had the option of letting him do it himself; however, I would recommend against that for two reasons, you'll learn a lot about your house by watching and listening to him, and you'll need to know what things need fixed so you can tell your project manager. Being there in person will help with that.
We started by walking around the outside of the house. We found a couple spots in the housing wrap that needed patching, around a window and vent. We then went inside. We spent 15 to 20 minutes in every room just looking at everything carefully. He spent a lot of time showing me things and explaining why they do cretin things, so I learned a lot about the home. We found some studs that needed nail plates to protect the wires running through them. Some of the steal beams running through the house were missing bolts or had nuts that needed tightening. We checked that there was foam insulation behind all outlets, which is required for energy star rating. Overall we probably found a dozen things that needed to be fixed. Nothing was detrimental but having them fixed decreased the likelihood of problems down the road.
Even though we didn't find any major problems I still recommend a home inspector at this stage, the reason is that there is a chance something major is wrong. If there is a problem and the project manager didn't catch it chances are you have no chance of catching it. A home inspector will most likely find any problems, plus compared to the cost of your house having a home inspection is cheap. I think the people that are posting horror stories about building a home on the internet would probably have been saved if they had hired a home inspector.