County and local
inspectors will conduct various inspections while
remodeling is being done. Renovations can involve
changes in the structure of the original structure
which will require changes in plumbing, heating,
electrical etc. So home construction inspection is
necessary as construction progresses. You will have to
pay an inspection fee. If you have taken a loan from a
bank, then your lender will conduct independent
inspections of the construction site. Here are a few
things about inspections that you should know:
Major remodeling in construction will have to
pass certain building codes.
County inspectors will review the work and
Remember that inspections as good. They
ensure that the work is done properly and actually benefits
you. If you have any doubts ask the inspector to clear them.
If the construction fails inspection, then
when the construction is repaired, a follow up inspection will
need to be conducted. There will be an additional
An inspection will be conducted when a
particular part of remodeling is completed. For example after
the plumbing is finished.
Make sure that you are present at every
inspection conducted by the county inspectors.
Sub-contractors usually arrange for separate
inspections. It is a good idea to be present for them.
County inspectors only ensure that the work
done meets building codes and do not check for quality.
Inspections by financial institutions or
lenders will be conducted at the end of each phase of
remodeling construction. The inspection is conducted to find
out whether the money is being used as intended.
Inspectors from financial institutions are
not construction inspectors. They will come at the end of each
phase and take pictures of the construction site and verify
whether the funds are being used properly. They do not check
the quality of work.
You should engage an independent inspector to
inspect the remodeling construction and pass it before you
make any payments.
A subcontractor is bond by the construction
contract to deliver all the services mentioned in the
contract. If he does not, then you can withhold payment till,
all the terms mentioned in the contract are met.
Therefore it is important to draw out a very
comprehensive construction contract and discuss the project
plan clearly with the subcontractors.
You will need to employ an inspector to
review the quality of work. He will check the work and tell
you whether the work completed, meets the conditions specified
and agreed to in the construction contract.
If the inspector decides that a particular
part of the construction has failed to meet building codes,
then the inspector must explain the reasons why the
construction has failed to meet the required standards.
You can use this report of discuss re-work
before paying the subcontractor.
You can use the above information as a home
inspection checklist and remember these things before inspection
is conducted of your home remodeling project.