If you haven’t done a home remodel before you might not be familiar with city building inspections. Are they like the inspection you get when you buy a house? Whose benefit are they done for?
When a house is sold a home inspection is done to disclose to the buyer what defects there might be. The goal is to let you know what condition the product you’re buying is in.
Building department inspections
The inspections done during a remodel project are an entirely different animal. These inspections are:
- to check that the work is done to building code standards
- done by city (or county) employees
- periodic (during key phases of construction)
- scheduled by the contractor (you don’t have to be present)
- only for the remodeled portion of the house
The true reason for building inspections
So, the local building department who issues your building permit runs these inspections. The idea is to make sure work is done up to building codes and the project being built is the same as what the drawings show.
But don’t assume this is a guarantee that every little thing is properly done to code. The city reserves the right to inspect, but makes no promises that their inspector will look at or catch everything.
And if they miss something significant, it can be difficult to win a lawsuit against a building department.
Your best bet
The moral to the story is: get a reputable, conscientious contractor who can’t sleep at night if work done in their name isn’t top quality.
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