Building Permits: A Visit From An Inspector

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If you and your contractor had to go through the process of obtaining building permits for your recent home renovation project, you probably already know that you’ll be facing a final inspection at the end of the construction process. This can be daunting, especially if this is the first time you’ve ever had to get permits to make changes to your house. Fortunately, there are a few great tips that can help you prepare for your final inspection and make the entire process less overwhelming. You’ll find a selection of these detailed below.

Get a checklist beforehand.

Although the final inspection is “the big one,” so to speak, most municipalities in North Carolina and South Carolina conduct interim inspections as well. This means you are likely to meet your local building department’s inspector at least a couple of times prior to his or her last visit to your property. During one of these earlier inspections, ask if you can obtain a checklist of what he or she will be specifically looking for during the course of the final inspection. This will help you prepare yourself mentally and make sure any major issues are taken care of ahead of time.

Learn about common building code issues.

While the scope of your specific renovation project will determine what types of code infractions you’re most likely to have, it’s still a good idea to familiarize with the most issues overall. If, for instance, you are adding a deck and you discover that many homeowners are cited for their railings being too low, make sure your contractor double-checks the height of yours.

The internet is a good place to research the most frequent building code infractions in your Carolina zip code. Your building professional may also know what your local inspectors tend to be sticklers about; electrical wiring violations, height clearance problems, and egress issues are generally things that building inspectors pay very close attention to.

Make sure you followed your original plan.

When you applied for your building permits in the first place, you and your contractor undoubtedly had to submit all of your construction plans. It is critical that the changes you actually made to your home match the plans that your city has on-file. Otherwise, you may have to get new permits that align with your actual renovations and start the inspection process from scratch.

Learn what documents you’ll have to provide.

There will be certain documents you’ll need to give your building inspector prior to your final inspection. Find out what these are before the date of the appointment. This way, you won’t have to run around that day trying to track down elusive paperwork. You may, for example, need to provide proof of HVAC system efficiency, a copy of your contractor’s insurance policy, or documents that prove you recycled certain building materials appropriately. It will depend on where exactly you live in the Carolinas.

The team at Hatch Homes would love to take on your upcoming home remodeling project. We never shy away from a challenge, and our expert staff will work with you every step of the way to make sure your renovation runs smoothly. We look forward to scheduling a preliminary consultation with you!

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