BLUE TAPE WALKTHROUGH
When nearing the end of new construction on your new home, a final walk through is common for buyers, but most Buyers don't know what to look for. Let us help!
What Is a Blue Tape Evaluation?
This important walkthrough evaluation gives us an opportunity to identify any incomplete work, finishing defects, or other cosmetic issues with the home. This evaluation offers the buyer security knowing they will not have unnecessary repairs or added expenses after closing or moving in.
What is addressed during the Evaluation?
With our extensive 85 page checklist and keen eye for detail, we evaluate the exterior and interior of your home. Every room and every surface from top to bottom is analyzed for quality and completion. We look at things such as if the Lights are centered, cabinets close properly and centered, is the work complete, are the baseboards installed level etc.
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 repair any issues and prior to the home inspection, which is typically scheduled a week 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 an in-depth inspection of components and systems. This inspection is for the buyers knowledge, or for renegotiating the terms of a home purchase agreement.
A blue tape evaluation is a thorough evaluation of the quality of the finish out. Blue Tape evaluations focus on the aesthetics of the property. This service gives the buyer knowledge and leverage to address quality control issues before the Buyer closes on a house.
What happens after the evaluation? Streamline will email the buyer a Blue Tape Evaluation report and photographs. Once received, the Buyer can share the report with the builder to address any issues.
Tip: All issues should be repaired to your satisfaction before you sign the final closing documents. Most Builders are eager to fix issues so they can collect final payment from you. Please Note, sometimes the builder won’t have enough time to finish all the repairs before closing, in this case, they should sign an addendum to the contract promising to fix them.
Make sure you ask the builder these questions:
Will all of the repairs be completed before my closing date?
When can I do another walkthrough to inspect the final repairs?
What if I find additional issues in the home once I move in?
What does your Warranty cover?
We look forward to helping you achieve the quality you deserve.