Construction Inspections: What To Expect
When building a new construction, it is your responsibility to schedule inspections at certain intervals of your construction. During this process an inspector will come out and review your work to ensure that it meets the minimum standards and safety requirements. The first step is to hire a reputable contractor who is familiar with the requirements for the type of construction you're building. If this is your first project, here's what you can expect.
Number of Inspections
One of the first things you'll want to be aware of is how many inspections you'll need. Some large projects require multiple inspections, while small constructions often require just two. Get with your contractor and find out how many inspections you'll need, so you can schedule them accordingly. If you're unsure of the requirements, communicate with your inspector so that you understand the scope of the project.
Before you can lay the concrete for your new construction, you must have the foundation inspected. The inspector will take a look at your grade beams and slabs and inspect the general foundation of your construction to make sure it meets requirements. If there are any structural issues, the inspector will issue changes that you need to make before you can proceed with pouring the concrete.
Similar to the foundation inspection, the inspector will also look closely at your joists and ductwork before you can install the floor sheathing material. This is to ensure that the material and layout match the approved plans and to make sure that they are secured and meet the required safety standards. Keep in mind that no matter how well-thought out the construction is, your inspector may require that some changes be made.
Walls and Insulation Inspection
Your inspector, such as from Otto Rosenau & Associates Inc, will confirm that your insulation is installed properly and meets the required energy-efficiency standards. You can also expect the inspector to check roof sheathing, exterior and interior walls and ceilings. Prior to the insulation, you can expect the inspector to take a close look at the electrical and plumbing. If you have any questions, or need some guidance, this is an opportunity to ask your inspector for advice, or direction. Inspectors are equipped to advise you on how to properly proceed with your project.
At the final inspection, be prepared for your inspector to review the final inspection requirements. Sometimes this results in a few surprises that you may not have planned for, so it's crucial to communicate with your inspector throughout the process. To prevent surprises during the final inspection, it's important that you meticulously go through your checklist to ensure that your construction is up to code before scheduling the final inspection.