Building Inspection Services – What Are the Basic Types of Inspections?

The term building inspection can be broadened to cover various inspections used by home inspectors. A building inspection is typically an examination done by a qualified building inspector, an individual who is typically licensed in more than one fields and can make a professional, independent judgment regarding whether a particular structure meets current building code requirements. Building inspections are typically required for many structures, including residential homes, commercial real estate projects and industrial facilities. They are also recommended for other structures that constructed on-site and require additional analysis after they are on site. It is not uncommon for building inspections to be recommended for any building constructed in place before its completion.

A typical building inspection report is completed after the home or business owner has been provided with receipts, estimates and changes that have been made to the original construction documents. It is very common for some inspections to be combined with other types of inspections such as pest inspection and weatherproofing inspections. Such combination inspections are also common for preconstruction and post-construction inspections. Most states require building inspections to be performed annually, and some states have additional requirements such as the reporting of findings to NNSA fair trading.

adelaide-building-inspections-reviewsThere are several components within the building inspection report. The first portion is the property report, which details the condition of the structure, the property’s physical condition, the plumbing and electrical systems, the foundation, the exterior structure, the utilities (wires, gas, water, etc.) and other features of the property. In most cases, the property report is prepared by the property owner after the building inspection has been completed but before it is presented for review to the local governing body.

The second component of the Adelaide Building Inspections Reviews is the major defects/risks within the property report. These include but are not limited to structural defects, mechanical defects, environmental issues, plumbing defects, insulation defects, pest control defect or safety hazard, and other conditions that could affect the performance of the building or the operation of its components. In some instances, if the building inspector discovers a single violation or if it can be demonstrated that the conditions did not exist before the inspection, then those conditions are deemed non-conforming and are therefore removed from the property report.

The third component of the building inspection report is the summary recommendation. It is usually a paragraph or two that highlight the most important recommendations for remedying the detected problems. Finally, if the inspector detects problems with the roof, basement, walls, insulation, or heating and cooling systems, then these may also need to be corrected or replaced.

The above discussion only provides a small sampling of the issues inspectors address when performing building inspections. For a full list of required inspections, contact Adelaide Building Inspections Reviews. There you can find out what type of inspections your particular jurisdiction requires. You can also find out more about the types of permits required for construction projects and the timelines for obtaining them. Your local government should be able to provide you with all the information you need.