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& countertops | Finish
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| Hardware installation
inspection | Punch list
& final clean
The Building authority requires a final inspection
before a occupancy permit can be issued. It is illegal
to occupy the home before the occupancy permit is
issued. During the final inspection the building inspector
will inspect that the house is complete and that all
life and safety items meet code. Inspector's aren't
concerned if the wall texture is patchy or if the
painter did a poor job of prepping the baseboard.
Life health and safety issues are the focus of the
final inspection. How extensive the final inspection
is depends a lot on where you live. In States and
cities that are highly regulated, final inspections
are generally more rigorous. A final inspection will
probably last about 1 hour.
Prior to the final
inspection the Builder should do a pre-inspection
to ensure that it is ready for the Final. It is not
a good idea to call for any inspection especially
the final before you are ready. This wastes your time
and the building inspectors (not a good idea). Often
the building department will charge you extra if you
call for an inspection when you're obviously not prepared.
Here are some of the item that will probably be inspected
at the final inspection:
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in pdf with over 50 items to review.
At this point of
the project, your are substantially finished with
the project. As you get toward the end of the project
there will be literally dozens of of details that
will overwhelm you if you are not organized. Make
a punch list of item, separating them by subcontractor.
If you have some skill it is often easier to put on
a few electrical covers instead of calling the electrician
back for 10 minutes of work.
Scheduling mistakes often cause extra details. For
example, If you schedule the plumbers to do finish
plumbing before the kitchen countertops are installed,
they can do finish most of the job except for the
kitchen sink. What if their next available opening
is 2 weeks out? You may have to do it yourself or
wait until they can schedule you.
It is a good idea to accompany the inspector during
any inspection, especially during the final. By doing
so you can ask questions and resolve potential problems.
It has been our experience that most professional
builders don't pass the final inspection on the first
try. The reason is that there are hundreds of things
that fail an inspection, and most inspectors don't
feel like they are doing their job unless they find
at least a few discrepancies. If the corrections are
small, it is possible to make the corrections while
he inspector is still on site.
When the inspection is finished the inspector will
leave a copy of the report and any corrections needed
(or a temporary occupancy permit if you've passed).
Once that list is corrected you are ready for the
re-inspection. A good inspector will find all the
problems on the first visit and will not add more
items to the list on the re-inspection. So generally
when the corrections are complete, you'll pass your