Frame Walk Through (Pre-Drywall)
During this Walk Through, the construction manager may likely confirm all selections and options have been installed per your purchase agreement and provide insight into the building components before they’re covered up with drywall.
They usually last approximately 1-1.5 hours. The Builder should review the framing of the home and its mechanical systems, which include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), plumbing and electrical.
He should also review telephone, cable and audio/video locations to make sure they’ve been installed according to the construction documents. He should also go over warranty and service procedures and your responsibilities as far as maintenance.
Dos and Don’ts
- Make a list in advance of any questions you have about maintenance and warranty procedures.
- On the date set for the walkthrough, make sure that you’ll be able to devote all of your attention to the task at hand. Try not to schedule other appointments.
- Bring pens, paper, a clipboard and a digital camera so you can take notes and photos.
- Bring your purchase agreement, selection sheets, audio/video diagrams and landscape and pool plans, if applicable.
- Wear clothing that is appropriate for walking a construction site, including closed-toe shoes.
- Park in the street, not the driveway.
- Keep your hard hat on during the tour.
- Verify the expected dates for completion of repairs, if any are needed, and get a copy of the completed punch list before you leave the site.
- Don’t be late for the walkthrough. Builders have busy schedules and may have appointments with other customers on the same day.
- Don’t bring pets, children or other family members and friends. You’ll need to focus your attention on what is being presented.
- Don’t rush through the walkthrough. Take your time and be thorough.
- Don’t be shy about asking a lot of questions.