Quality control inspections can serve to be extremely important
during the construction of any structure for several reasons,
mostly to assure that your investments meets more than just the
minimum building code requirements.
While the local building department does it's best to perform building code
inspections at each stage of construction to confirm that the
minimum construction standards are meet, you may want to be
assured that your structures meets more than just the minimum.
As you may not be aware of, when a local building department sends out
a building inspector to inspect any portion of a structure under
construction they are only allowed to write corrections based on if
the contractor has meet the minimum building code standards, so
even if the building inspector from the city or county thought
that any stage of a particular job under construction could be
constructed better than required, they are not allowed to
comment on this issue. This is because the city or county building
inspectors only have the authority to write corrections for
minimum building code violations.
So think about it for a minute, you are spending several
hundreds of thousands of dollars and possibly millions, do you
want a structure that simply meets the minimum construction
quality! For most folks, that's just unacceptable, I would
certainly not settle for the very bare minimum of quality in my
own dwelling or commercial project, and I seriously doubt anyone
else would either.
One more item of particular concerns is this, building
departments are very often over whelmed with the amount of field
inspections required for them to perform in any given eight hour
shift. And as a certified building inspector myself, I can tell
you performing 12 to 16 inspections in any given day is not
unusual, so do the math, how much time can even the very best
building inspectors with years of experience spend on each job
site they perform inspections.
Well, lets just say that if you have 16 inspections to perform
in your eight hour shift, that allows you about 30 min. for each
inspection. Oh yea, did we forget about drive time in between
inspections, gee now were down to about 15 min. per inspection
if the inspector can get from one job site to another in 15 min?
Truly, I am not taking a hit on city or county building
inspectors, I have been a certified building inspector myself
for over 20 years and I understand the pressure they are under
every day. And most every inspector I have worked with
does a excellent job performing these amount of inspections
We building inspectors (or at least myself) during a very busy
day may perform several framing inspections and we have to
concentrate on such things as fire & life safety and also what I
connections" mostly, because we really need to focus on and inspect
for the very most important items, such as critical connections
of structural members and also confirm that such items like the shear walls have a
proper load path to the foundation, etc.
So, you can see that retaining a quality control inspection team
from IBCC for your next project or your first home may be well
worth the few dollars that is cost for the service. After all,
for fees starting at 1% of building evaluation for any size of dwelling constructed,
you can have a peace of mind that your quarter of million spent
for your biggest investment possibly ever made is constructed in
a manner that you should always be guaranteed.