New Residential Structure Inspections

Your Property Inspector in Sterling, VA

At NOVA Inspect we have many years of experience in the industry and we are a leading home inspector in Sterling, VA. We are a locally owned and operated company that is fully licensed and insured to handle all your home inspections. If you’re looking for a company that provides a clear evaluation of your home’s condition along with a professional report, call NOVA Inspect at (301) 848-0283 for a free quote.

What is an NRS or ‘New Residential Structure’ Inspection?

These are typically done in 3 phases.

  1. Pre Drywall – This inspection focuses on all of the things that are going to be hidden forever, once the drywall goes in place. This includes the roof, flashing, trim, house wrap, caulking and sealing of all doors, windows, masonry, nail stops, proper management of exhaust systems. Also included are plumbing, gas, and water, electrical wiring including panel placement and grounding. Drain pipes, proper grading of the yard, drainage. Proper door and window setting and operation, porches, decks, foundation, basement and garage floors, wooden construction accuracy. And much more. 

  2. Pre Settlement – This includes testing all of the HVAC equipment, proper condensation drainage, Water heater, chimneys, all appliances including kitchen, laundry, etc. We also inspect drywall finishing, trim, molding, painting, operation of all switches, outlets, and plumbing items. Caulking on sink areas, tubs, shower, etc. 

  3. Pre Builder warranty expiration – This is typically done at 10 or 11 months after move-in. This inspection has allowed time for foundation and floor settling as well as a burn-in period for appliances and HVAC equipment. This inspection is another complete inspection to see if anything has changed since the pre-settlement. You want to make sure there is no unusual settling of the masonry, sidewalks, foundation, and more. We also inspect for cracks in drywall, leaks, loose windows or doors, etc.


The pre-drywall is one of the most important, due to the fact that once the walls and ceiling are in place, you lose visibility of what is going on inside of those areas.

Pre-settlement is also very important as it allows wiggle room and puts a bit of pressure on the builder to make fixes PRIOR to settlement.

In need of radon testing or termite inspection? Upon request, we can offer these services through third-party contractors during your inspection.

Professional Drone Roof Inspections for Your Home

We go beyond just a normal property inspection; we do a comprehensive inspection of your home, that includes a roof drone inspection as part of your report. This gives you the ability to see your property from all angles and make sure that the roof structure is in a good condition. To find out more about our roof drone inspections in Sterling, VA, get in touch with us today.

As a trusted inspection company in Sterling, VA, we serve clients in these areas:

  • Arlington, VA
  • Herndon, VA
  • McLean, VA
  • Vienna, VA
  • Chantilly, VA
  • Potomac, VA
  • Manassas, VA
  • Burke, VA
  • Great Falls, VA
  • Aldie, VA
  • Annandale, VA
  • Oakton, VA
  • Greenway, VA
  • Kensington, VA
  • …and more!


For more information about our inspection services, call us at (301) 848-0283 for a free estimate.

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    5/16/2021
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