Building inspections are part of the normal routine maintenance required by building codes. A building inspector is a professional person who is hired by either a municipal government a state or a county and is generally certified in at least one of several disciplines qualifying them to perform professional judgment on whether a structure meets building regulations. Some people don’t think they need a license or even that their home needs one, but the fact is that building inspectors are required by law to have a proper license and they must follow certain guidelines to be considered competent by local governments and insurance companies.
A construction inspector will look for signs of construction defects in order to report back to the owner of the property. These defects can include leaking pipes, falling ceiling panels, and improper electrical wiring. In addition, a structure inspector may also check for structural integrity and foundation support. Building inspections will also allow an inspector to test heating and cooling systems and to evaluate the structural integrity of roofing materials and systems. These inspections are typically performed in an area outside of the property where the property resides, such as a basement or attic.
There are many places where building inspections are performed and there are some types of buildings which are exempt from these inspections. For example, commercial construction like hotels and restaurants is not subject to building inspections. If you’re considering purchasing a home or an apartment and want to know if your property has been subjected to these inspections, it’s a good idea to consult with a building consultant to help you understand the process.