BLUE TAPE EVALUATION
You’re so close to the finish line…don’t stop now!
Just like with renovations, when you’re nearing the end of new construction, a final walk through is part of the job. However, if you don’t know what to look for, you can end up missing the same things builders missed. You run the risk of spending more money than you intended when you thought the job was done.
let's face it, most buyers don't know what to look for during the blue tape walkthrough and that's ok! We're here to help!
What Is a Blue Tape Evaluation?
This is one of the most important evaluation walkthroughs during the final construction phase of your newly built home. This evaluation gives us an opportunity to identify any incomplete work, defects, or other issues with the home. This evaluation offers the buyer security knowing they will not have to deal with unnecessary contractor repair work or added expenses after closing or moving in.
What gets addressed during the Evaluation?
With our extensive checklist and keen eye for detail, we evaluate the exterior and interior of your home with a fine-toothed comb. Every surface from top to bottom is analyzed for quality and completeness. We look at things such as... quality of texture & paint, if there is power to outlets and switches, if faucets, lighting, doors and windows are properly aligned, if the HVAC and plumbing are in working order and so much more.
How long does a blue tape Evaluation take? When should I book the appointment?
A typical blue tape evaluation can typically take 3 or more hours depending on the size of the home. This evaluation should be scheduled 3-4 weeks prior to closing so the builder has time to address and repair any issues. this service should also be provided prior to the home inspection which is typically scheduled a week or so before closing.
What’s the difference between a Blue Tape Evaluation and Home Inspection?
A home inspection is provided by a Licensed home inspector that conducts a "home inspection" on behalf of the buyer. Home Inspectors provide an in-depth inspection of the home and it's systems. This inspection is for the buyers knowledge, or for renegotiating the terms of a home purchase agreement.
A blue tape walk-through is usually requested of the buyer to walk through with the builder. However buyers often don't know what to look for, don't have time, or live out of state. This is where a third party professional can help such as Streamline. Our walkthrough assures the Buyer that quality craftmanship is being checked and addressed before the Buyer closes on the house.
How do I know what issues were discovered during the evaluation? Streamline will email the buyer a extensive checklist report and photographs of the findings. Once received, the Buyer should share that information with the builder to address any issues if the builders representative was not present during the evaluation.
Tip: All issues should be repaired to your satisfaction before you sign the final paperwork. Most Builders are eager to fix the issues so they can collect their final payment from you
Please Note, sometimes the builder won’t have enough time to finish all the repair issues before closing, in this case, they should sign an addendum to the contract promising to fix those issues.
Make sure you understand the process for getting the identified issues resolved by asking the builder’s representative these questions:
When will each of the repairs be completed?
Will all of the repairs be completed before my move-in date?
When can I do another walkthrough to inspect the repairs?
What do I do if I find additional issues in the home once I move in?
What does your Warranty cover?
We look forward to ensuring your home meets the quality standards you deserve!