Investing the money into having a building completed can be a major investment, which will require due diligence on your part to avoid accepting an incomplete or potentially dangerous structure. This is the purpose of the construction inspection that should be completed after any major building work.
Can You Skip the Post Construction Inspection?
Whether it is due to their haste or a poorly thought out attempt at cost reduction, skipping the post-construction inspection is something that should never be recommended. Without this inspection, a person would be unsure as to the stability of the structure or whether the building conforms to the relevant building codes. Furthermore, these inspections are typically required for the building to satisfy the permit requirements, and many insurance companies will require this inspection before issuing a policy for new construction. As a result of these requirements, any documents from the inspection should be retained for as long as you own the structure.
Is the Construction Inspection Process Lengthy?
While the process of constructing your building may have taken months or longer, you should not assume that the process of inspecting it will also be as lengthy. In fact, it is common for these inspections to be completed extremely quickly. For an averaged sized home or commercial building, a single day may be sufficient for the inspection to be completed. Buildings that use unique or otherwise extremely complicated designs may need longer as the inspection may need to consider highly specialized regulations that can be more difficult to properly assess. However, the vital information that will be revealed by this inspection can make this short delay unavoidable.
What Happens if Problems Are Discovered During the Inspection?
In most cases, individuals will find that their building passes the inspection without any issues or problems. However, there can be times where serious flaws with the structure are discovered. These flaws can potentially put the entire stability of the building at risk. Depending on your contract with the construction service, they may be liable for repairing these issues so that the building will be able to pass this inspection.
Also, there are insurance policies that you can purchase that will provide coverage for instances where flaws with the building are found and the contractor refuses to address them. At the start of the construction process, you should thoroughly research the part of your construction contract that covers defects. Otherwise, you may not be sure as how to respond if problems are found during the inspection.
To learn more about construction inspection, contact companies like Otto Rosenau & Associates Inc.