What are New Construction Inspections?
New construction inspections are inspections that take place at various phases of construction, typically before components are covered up. Included is a plan review, footing and foundation inspection, rough in framing, plumbing electrical, insulation and vapor retarder, and a final inspection at completion.
Why are Inspection Needed?
Outside most cities and municipalities in Alaska, home builders must hire independent inspectors to provide inspections to qualify buildings for financing now or in the future. Even homes built "out of pocket" with no financing may still need inspections to qualify for bank loans when the house is sold.
We fully are licensed and bonded for both residential and commercial building inspection. We are certified to sign off the PUR101 & PUR102 inspection forms, and we cover the Kenai Peninsula from Homer to Cooper Landing.
Download these handouts to help with your project. These are the most common issues we run across during inspections.
What is a Building Inspection?
A building inspection (residential or commercial) is an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a building, from the roof to the foundation. Having a building inspected is like giving it a physical check-up. The inspector documents in writing safety issues, maintenance items, and structural deficiencies so that an owner or potential buyer can make an informed decision about maintaining, purchasing, or selling the building.
What is Included?
The inspectors report will review the condition of all of the the buildings accessible components, including heating systems, plumbing and electrical systems, roofs, attic, and visible insulation; walls, ceilings, floors, windows and doors; the foundation, basement and any other visible structure. Inspections are performed to ASHI Standards of Practice, meaning inspection reports have been through rigorous review to determine that they meet the national standard for reporting inspection findings.
Can a Building Fail an Inspection?
No. A professional inspection is an examination of the current condition of the building. It is not an appraisal which assigns a market value, or a city inspection which verifies compliance with local codes and standards. A building inspector does not pass or fail a strucutre, they are only describing the physical condition of a property and indicate what may need repair or replacement.
Do I Have To Attend?
It is always recommended that the client accompany the inspector This allows you to observe the inspector, ask questions as you learn about the condition of the building, how its systems work, and how to maintain them. After you have seen the property with the inspector, you will find the written report much easier to understand.