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What You May Be Asking About Building Inspections

by Minnie Simmmons

When you're having a new home or any other such structure built, you will typically need to schedule certain inspections throughout the process. These inspections are to ensure that all work is being done to local building codes, and to ensure that fixes are made as needed, before the work continues or finishes. If you need to schedule a building inspection for your new construction, note a few questions you might have about this work and what is involved, so you know what to expect during the process.

Can an inspector show up at any time?

A building inspector for new construction is not like a health inspector for a restaurant, showing up at random times in order to "test" or "surprise" your construction crew. In truth, an inspector will typically make an appointment for any inspections beforehand. This is to ensure that the work they will be inspecting will actually be done by that appointed time, and also to arrange for construction work to stop while he or she is onsite. This work stoppage is for their own safety, and for the convenience of the crew, as workers may not be able to continue with their work if an inspector is testing electrical wiring, inspecting plumbing pipes, and so on.  

What happens if the work fails the inspection?

If work is not done to local building codes, an inspector will note what problems need fixing. They will then usually arrange for another inspection at a later date, to ensure the work is corrected.

Note that those fixes may need to be made before you can actually take possession of a home or other structure; you may not be given an occupancy permit, or permission to actually occupy the building, as long as it's unsafe. Don't assume that you can receive a failed inspection and then "live with" faulty wiring or poorly installed plumbing, but be prepared to make whatever fixes are needed to pass those inspections.

Why are there so many inspections during construction?

An inspector needs to check various aspects of the building when it comes to local building codes, and these inspections need to be done before pipes and wiring are closed up behind walls or under floors, before the roof is installed over the framework, and so on. As each part of construction is completed, it's important that the structure be inspected before the next phase of construction continues, which is why there are often several inspections scheduled for any project.