The Value of Third-Party Home Inspections

After having a hand in constructing almost 30,000 homes, 16 mixed-use master-planned communities, more than 20 parks, schools, and even military residences, McMillin Homes knows a thing or two about building a quality product. Since 1960, we've exercised the same level of care and scrutiny in every project we've undertaken; the quality of our homes and communities are a reflection of that attention to detail.

That said, we don't want you to just take our word for it. In fact, part of the McMillin reputation has been built on our practice of having each new home checked head-to-toe by a licensed, third-party inspector.

True, city inspectors also are part of the process, but consider this:

City inspectors may be asked to cover anywhere between 20-50 homes per day. An independent, third-party inspector typically will cover 3-4 homes per day.

That's a pretty significant difference. It's reasonable to assume the third-party inspectors have more time and can pay greater attention to the details. But what do they look at?

McMillin homes are inspected at four critical stages


The first inspection comes immediately after the foundation is poured, and we're not talking about a simple eyeballing. In fact, the inspector measures the foundation to ensure a three-quarter-inch tolerance (center-to-edge difference) before the framers can even start.


This check occurs just before roofing and includes window installation, taping and caulking of openings, and the sheathing nailing pattern. Sadly, about 99 percent of builders conduct framing inspections after roofing and siding have been installed; no checks are performed on the flashing and decking.


Just before insulation and drywall are added, this inspection looks at mechanical and electrical work, ducting, plumbing, floor joists, and overall structural integrity. This is done with a full set of engineering plans in hand.

Final Grade

After construction is completed, a final check for proper drainage is conducted, and final approval validates a 10-year foundation and elevation warranty for the home. Documentation of the final grade is recorded with the builder, the inspector, and the state.

Actually, there's one final check: a sewer video inspection

Just prior to closing, a sewer snake camera is used to inspect the sewer line. To ensure that homeowners have an unobstructed outflow, a video is taken as they check for any construction debris or concrete that could cause a problem.

In all, that's five critical inspection areas for each McMillin home, and all are conducted by a third-party inspector. The value for our homeowners? Peace of mind.


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