Building and Construction Inspection: All There Is to Know for New Homeowners

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Is it your first time building or renovating your home? There are a few things you need to know before starting your project. Building inspections are among the most significant aspects to think about. These inspections are crucial to ensuring your building structures are safe for occupancy. The building and construction inspectors involved in these inspections ensure your building is in compliance with the building codes, zoning laws, and ordinances. Building inspections usually involve a lot of things, and understanding the process will make everything easier for you by eliminating surprises that could interfere with your budget and other concerns such as compliance with state or local regulations. For this reason, here are a few things you need to know about the inspections.

Inspections May Have to Be Done in All the Phases of Construction

An inspector may have to visit your site to inspect your foundations and its components to ensure they are installed properly and are up to the codes. The complete framing systems including the floor, walls, and your roof systems, complete plumbing and electrical installations, and insulation installations will also be inspected. All other things including interior and exterior finishes, and mechanical trims will also have to be inspected. Knowing that all these inspections will have to be performed will help you plan well for things such as your budget.

There Are Different Types of Building Inspectors

Home inspectors, electrical inspectors, plumbing inspectors, coating inspectors, and plan examiners are just a few of the types of building inspectors providing their respective inspection services. You can choose separate companies to offer each of these types of building inspections. However, the best way to approach this would be to hire a company that specialises in all of these inspections. First, this could be cost-effective because you may be charged less for all the services. Also, coordination between multiple companies evaluating the condition of your property is likely to be lower than a single company handling all those inspections.

Moving in Before Inspections Are Finalised

Once all the construction inspections required are completed, you will be issued an occupancy certificate and this is when you can move in to your new home. There are cases where you must move in to the house but the inspections are yet to be finalised. In such cases, you can apply a temporary certificate from the government department responsible for issuing the building permits, which you can find out from your local council. However, certain conditions have to be met before you are issued the certificate. Most significant of these conditions is that all the other inspections must be completed and the final inspection must have been done before your application. If you fail to meet these conditions, your privilege for a temporary occupancy certificate can be suspended until your inspections are finalised and this will be an inconvenience.


12 April 2017

Colin's Construction Blog

Hello, my name is Colin and this is my construction blog. When people think of the construction industry, they often just imagine guys in hard hats building brick walls. While this is a popular image of the industry, it doesn't reflect the true diversity of different contractors and tradesmen who are involved in a construction project. Lasy year, my wife and I decided to construct our dream home. I had to arrange visits of plumbers, roofers, electricians, surveyors and home builders in order to get the job done. I learnt a lot during that experience, so I decided to start this blog.