Even new construction has a story to tell.

No home is perfect. That even includes newly completed construction that has that new house smell.

According to Bizrate.com, the number one mistake buyers make is not having new construction inspected. It’s possible for a home to pass code enforcement, but still be in need of some repair from the builder. Remember, code enforcement verifies that the minimum standards have been met. It is not intended to be a comprehensive inspection of the home or it’s true condition.

Your sales or construction contract on a new home allows you the right to an inspection before taking possession.

You should take full advantage of this right.

All inspections are performed by full-time home inspector Johnny Murphree, who is a Certified Inspector with both the American Society of Home Inspector (ASHI) and California Real Estate Inspection Association (CREIA). You can learn more about Johnny here.

Every home inspection we perform meets the strict Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics set by the California Real Estate Inspectors Association (CREIA). This protects you from potential conflicts of interest and ensures the inspection is performed by an independent and qualified professional.

What New Construction Inspections Include

The home inspection examines the physical structure and systems of the home, from the roof down to the home’s foundation.

An average residential inspections takes between two and four hours, and at a minimum covers the following areas of the home, as required by the California Real Estate Inspection Association’s CREIA Standard of Practice:

  • Foundation, Basement, and Under-floor Areas
  • Home’s Exterior and Grounds
  • Decks, Porches, Patios, & Balconies.
  • Roof
  • Electrical Systems
  • Heating and Air Conditioning Systems
  • Home Appliances
  • Doors and Windows
  • Attic Areas and Roof Framing
  • Insulation and Ventilation
  • Plumbing
  • Water heater
  • Fireplaces and Chimneys
  • Interior Walls, Ceilings, & Floors
  • Bath and Kitchen

You are invited and strongly encouraged to join us during the inspection. We enjoy educating and clarifying what we’re noticing with you directly. It’s also an opportunity for you to learn more about the home’s critical elements, and some useful general home maintenance tips.

If you have additional questions about the home inspection process, please read What the Full Inspection Includes and our Frequently Asked Questions pages.

Inspection Report

Within one (1) business day after the physical inspection, you and your realtor will receive access to a professional and clearly written digital report of the inspection’s findings. We provide clear descriptions and photographic evidence, to effectively communicate what was discovered to you.

You may preview or download a sample Murphree Building Inspection home inspection report by clicking here.

A word about inspection reports: When you’re making an expensive purchase, doing your due diligence and bringing in outside expertise is wise. We do believe that knowledge is power and thus our inspections are very comprehensive.

That being said, we also recognize that too much information can overwhelm you. To help with that, our report offers straight-forward guidelines on how to prioritize and analyze the inspection findings, so you’re able to identify and narrow down any areas of the home which need attention or maintenance.

Current Rates

Our rates are based on the square footage and foundation type of the home being inspected. Refer to our online scheduling tool for current rates.

Our “Now and Then” Program

The “Now and Then” inspection program is designed to reward the proactive new home buyer.

It’s essentially two complete and separate home inspections; the first performed just before the close of escrow, and the second inspection is performed eleven (11) months later. The new home inspection is aimed to verify that all the systems and components of the home or building are installed and functioning as intended.

One month before the eleven month mark of home ownership, the buyer will receive an email requesting them to pick an available time slot for their second inspection.

This second inspection will be performed within the same scope as any other, but this time any defects that are found can be turned into the builder before the one year new construction warranty expires.

The cost structure for our “Now and Then Program” is buy-one-get-one half off. The first inspection will be regularly priced for the size and style of home being evaluated. The cost of the second inspection at the eleven month mark will be reduced by 50% from the original inspection price.

“Johnny did a wonderful job on our home inspection. He even found termite evidence that the termite inspector missed, saving us money & future headaches. We are so thankful that he spared us unforeseen expenses/issues before we closed escrow. We highly recommend him! “
“We have dealt with many inspectors over the years and you would go to the top of the list in terms of demeanor and helpfulness.”
Satisfied Client, 11.12.2014
“This is my first home so the entire process is new to me. He went above and beyond in his inspection and was nice enough to explain things to me, like how to shut off the water and gas in an emergency! He checked every nook and cranny in that house and crawled into the tiny creepy dark spaces. Choose Johnny Murphee.”
Emily, 09.11.2014
“Johnny was prompt, professional, and personal. He not only performed a thorough inspection, but walked us through all of the important aspects of the inspection. We would recommend him to anyone.”

Service Area

Our coverage area for home inspections includes all areas of San Luis Obispo County. This includes Atascadero, Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, Cambria, Cayucos, Creston, Grover Beach, Los Osos, Morro Bay, Oceano, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, San Luis Obispo, San Miguel, Santa Margarita, Shandon, Shell Beach, Templeton, and other outlying areas such as Garden Farms, Heritage Ranch, and Oak Shores.

Our Guarantee

The job isn’t done until all of your questions are answered. If you hire Murphree Building Inspections for your home inspection we are available to you and your realtor even after the inspection has been completed.

It’s important to us that your home buying experience is a positive one. If you are not completely satisfied by the end of the physical home inspection we will the price of your inspection. This satisfaction guarantee is one more way for us to demonstrate our desire and commitment to meet and exceed your expectations.