Construction Inspection Tips

Building your own home can be stressful, but the results are well worth it. For many home buyers, the most nerve-wracking tasks are the multitude of inspections required for new construction. Preparing for these inspections is vital. The following are three tips that will ensure your inspections go smoothly and fully serve to verify the soundness of your new building.

Tip #1: Know the required inspection schedule

Few home builds can be completed with just a single inspection. Generally, you will need to have the foundation, framing, electricity, and plumbing inspected at various times throughout the process. Some municipalities may even require a site inspection before building commences. Get a list from your city planning office detailing every single inspection you will need to perform and when it has to be performed. For example, basements often require inspection before the soil back filled against the outer wall, so this inspection must be scheduled after pouring the foundation but before further construction on the home occurs.

Tip #2: Ensure everything is easily accessible

It does you know good if the inspector arrives to inspect the plumbing but one of the bathrooms is currently inaccessible because a concrete floor was just poured. When scheduling an inspection, verify that every aspect of the building, particularly those that are under inspection, can be easily accessed. You must also ensure someone is there to escort the inspector into the building, whether it is your contractor or yourself. This is especially true if keys are necessary or if an alarm must be disarmed to access the property.

Tip #3: Contact a private inspector

Although your permit process will require inspections from a municipal inspector, you may also want to consider bringing in a private inspector. It's not necessary to have every step of the build privately inspected alongside the municipal inspector, but you should plan for at least one private inspection at the end of the build. Municipal inspectors, as well as builders, make mistakes, so another set of eyes can uncover a major issue before it becomes a problem you must live with. There are also small things that municipal inspectors aren't concerned with that could have major impacts on your home later, such as where the majority of the roof water run-off occurs. A private inspector is specifically paid to catch these things, so that you can remedy them before you are dealing with damage – foundation damage in the case of poor water runoff management.

For more help, contact your builder or a home inspector in your area at a company like Otto Rosenau & Associates Inc.